Monday, 26 January 2009

Paul Rowen's Gaza Euro cock and bull story?

Following things getting Ugly at last Sunday's Rochdale Gaza meeting, battle has commenced between Lib Dems Mohammed Shafiq and the Paul Rowen camp.

Mohammed Shafiq 1 by shafiqjcp.[Rowen.jpg]

The Mother of All handbag battles.

In an update on Rochdale Online, Dave Hennigan is pushing a big fat juicy line about his affront whilst wanting to stand-in for Paul with a speech.

Paul is quoted with hard probing questions about Shafiq and the Ramadhan Foundation.

"The behaviour of the Ramadhan Foundation leaves a lot to be desired and I must say it puts a big question mark on both the legitimacy and morals of this small organisation"

Well, fancy that!

Indeed Paul, but what you sow, thou shalt reap. He is after all a Rochdale Lib Dem and apparently (according to Shafiq) an advisor to Nick Clegg on Muslim issues.

Nick Clegg MP with Mohammed Shafiq by shafiqjcp



Cllr William Hobhouse is given an odd quote:

“Why is it that George Galloway can speak and Paul Rowen can not. This was outrageous behaviour and in no way acceptable".

The answer to that should be simple Cllr Hothead. Paul was a no-show. How could he speak? Via a medium? Not the sort of spirits Dave Hennighan is familiar with?

Then comes what could be a classic clanger. Has Paul be caught with his pants on fire?

The stated reason why the current MP was absent from the Rochdale meeting was because
"... he was on his way to a Council of Europe Meeting to push for a European-wide debate on Gaza".

Really? A Council of Europe meeting on Gaza?

The week before this Rochdale meeting, Ramadhan Foundation press releases gushed about Paul's attendence at the top table. It was widely reported on Rochdale Online and the Rochdale Obscurer.

Paul Rowen made absolutely no mention of any important trip to Strasbourg. His banal Letter from Westminster was silent on any overseas trip as alternate to Tory MP Humfrey Mallins.

The diary of Paul Rowen aged 53 3/4 mentions his trip to a Rotarian dinner at an Italian restaurant (favoured by Freemasons and senior Rochdale council officers?). There was a fun quiz about Italy. Was the Mafia mentioned?

Rowen's busy schedule during the Gaza crisis and credit crunch included an evening watching "Annie" at a local chapel.

Where does he get the time?

So now we are treated to the news that Paul couldn't attend because he was hot-footing it to europe. Was such an excuse and soundbite designed to take the sting out of his no-show? Was it supposed to make him look an important man of action for a cause he has only just discovered?

The Council of Europe meeting on Gaza is this THURSDAY. Why does Paul need 5 days to empty his trunks after his Christmas Thailand holiday for a shuttle trip to Strasbourg on Thusday 29th January?

Does Paul and Dave think his contituents are stupid? The agenda for the CoE meeting is a public document

Monday- general opening sessions
Tuesday- Armenia and Ukraine
Wednesday- Georgia and Russia
THURSDAY - POSSIBLE debate on GAZA.

Is Paul Rowen really going to Strasbourg on Thursday for a possible debate on Gaza?

Why did he miss the Sunday meeting in his contituency with 5 days to go? Had he started walking to Strasbourg on a barefoot march?

Or was he hiding behind the couch, phone off the hook with his curtains closed?

Is Rochdale Online and the Rochdale Obscurer going to swallow Paul Rowen's cock and bull story?

Is Paul Rowen going to look a dummy over this?




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2 comments:

mutley said...

Paul Rowen says he was going on Sunday to a meeting to discuss the possibilty of a discussion about Gaza on Thursday?

Hasn't he heard of telephones?

What is Rochdale's current MP going to do for the rest of the 5 days in Strasbourg? Fly back on monday and return on Thursday? Or stay over in Belgium and kick his heels back? A spot of shopping? restaurants and bars?

Very credit crunch and CO2 friendly.

As FOI Champion, is Paul Rowen going to openly declare all his expenses (times and dates) for this expedition?

Anonymous said...

Strasbourg is in France not Belgium.

Colin Farrel said in the film In Bruges, Belgium is only famous for two things- chocolate and child molestors. And they only invented chocolate to lure the kids.

Horrible.

its a good job nothing like that goes on in Rochdale- or Heywood