(Is that a masonic handshake? 3rd Degree?)
He missed the Lib Dem fireworks at the Ramadhan Foundation Gaza "conference".
The official line is that he had to catch a plane that Sunday to Strasbourg to push a "european-wide (sic) debate on Gaza"
Word from Strasbourg is that it took the plenary session a few minutes to sort this out. No need for Paul to be there at all really. The speech that Dave Hennigan was not allowed to deliver even cheekily suggested that Paul was to head the EU-wide ALDE alliance - "Promoting Liberal values in Europe, from the Caucasus to Cork".
Paul Rowen as Gaza debate leader? Well, is that news to the President, Vice Chairs, Sec Gen and Eighty-odd other members of the ALDE group?
Tumbleweed can be seen around the Google newsbots searching for comment from Paul Rowen, ALDE and the Council of Europe on Gaza.
Even Dave Hennigan isn't spinning on this. Instead he has been a busy bee on making his landlord Cllr Peter Rush a geriatric Facebook star.
Together with nights at the Drake Street office, should Dave be getting a rent discount from Cllr Rush for all this work? Or is the taxpayer footing the bill for this Heywood Lib Dem flannel?
According to RAW's sources in Strasbourg, Paul hasn't been seen. It is a lovely sunny day over there after all. Perhaps he is doing a bit of sightseeing?
Or visiting posh restaurants to enjoy Alsatian cuisine?
If Paul can make it to the Council of Europe offices, perhaps he could lend support to the child protection programme. Paul Rowen could do the decent thing and come clean about allegations of Cyril Smith's past abuse of vulnerable young apprentices and 15-16 yr old lads at Cambridge House. Late night hostel spanking, bottom sponging and testicle squeezing in the early 1960's?
If not, Paul could always sign the online petition challenging violence against children and corporal punishment.
As the Council of Europe says:
"Hands should nurture, not punish".