Lib Dem Agent eejit Dave Hennigan ejected.
Late this afternoon the Castlemere Community centre held a meeting about Gaza.
Arranged and promoted by the Ramadham Foundation's Mohammed Shafiq (RAW's passim)
The main speaker, George Galloway was almost overshadowed by rather ugly shenanigans.
Despite a promise he would attend, current Rochdale MP Paul Rowen was a no-show. Was it a crisis of confidence or conscience?
In the tangled web of Rochdale politics, was the cruel plight of the dead and the dying in Gaza just a backdrop for local opportunism? A platform for young Mohammed Shafiq to relaunch his heady political aspirations? A chance for reconciliation? Not between Israel and Palestine but actually for Shafiq to re-enter the Rochdale Lib Dem bosom?
At the meeting George Galloway gave his usual excellent oratory. A genuine call for justice and assistance. He spoke of real aims- a fully laden 100 vehicle convoy for Gaza to leave London on St Valentines day. George spoke to an appreciative audience of mostly genuine souls who wanted to help brothers and sisters at a time of terrible distress. At such events it is inevitable, but nevertheless distasteful, to see a minority of crackpots, bigots and shallow opportunists.
Cue: Paul Rowen's “Agent” troubled Dave Hennigan. To add insult to the injury of the current Rochdale MP's disappearance, the use of such an understudy to give the Rochdale Lib Dem messsage was too much for the 'Cheif Executive” of the hosting Ramadhan Foundation. In the kurfuffle some say Mohammed's Shafiq's veins were popping out with anger.
Dave had his speech ready and was determined to have his say about Gazza.
Using the oft quoted mantra of many z-list celebrities and Amy Winehouse, Dave was heard to shout “don't you know who I am?”
“I'm Paul Rowen's Agent”
Was there then a Spartacus-like call from a young Adam Power whimpering the words-
“Dave no, I'm Paul Rowen's agent!”
Shafiq's stormtroopers gave short shrift. There was a noisy and messy ejection from the community centre.
What did the poor Hobhouses think of such Shenighans?
Picture the scene of Dave's telephone call to his boss Paul, eager to hear news that his thousands of pro-Gaza votes are in the bag. Did his agent triumph in the Galloway glow?
Gulp...did Dave need some dutch courage before reporting on what really went on?
Another fine mess? The tears, the excuses, the tantrums...the empties?
As the twisted bodies lie in the rubble of Gaza. As millions of innocent souls suffer without the most basic of services. As disease and hunger threaten children in Palestine, it is sickening to think that a meeting to call for humanitarian aid and assistance was hijacked and harmed by a Rochdale Lib Dem spat between vain hubristic morons.
Tomorrow will see handbags at dawn between the Shafiq and Rowen camp.