Rowan Laxton, back in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

There is a great deal of relevance to Engage readers on Harry’s Place – too much to link to it all, but for a sample go and read Denry’s Freedom of Information request, and his discoveries about what happened to Rowan Laxton. Rowan Laxton became so angry about injustices against Palestinians that he started cussing about Jews as if one thing followed from the other.

You can question whether he should have been convicted for shouting about “fucking Jews” and blowing Israelis “off the face of the fucking Earth”, but after such an eruption of hateful bigotry – back in the FCO?

4 Responses to “Rowan Laxton, back in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office”

  1. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    There must be a British equivalent of being sent to manage a power station in Siberia. Such a post should be found for Rowan Laxton.

    For those who are too young to understand this reference – lucky people! – when Krushchev and Bulganin overthrew Malenkov to gain the joint leadership of the then Soviet Union (some things you’ll have to discover for yourselves, such as who and when these people were around), instead of having him killed (as Stalin would have), they sent him to manage said power station. Same sort of thing happened to Alexandr Dubcek in Czechoslovakia after the failure of the Parague Spring in 1968: he became a clerk in a forestry management programme. Beat being the victim of a show trial. The latter survived to be feted by Vlacek Havel and the rest of the Velvet Revolution group in the early 1990s.

  2. zkharya Says:

    This is a difficult one. If the guy apologises, and does penitence, I am not sure what else one can demand. Anti-Jewish opining is hardly new at the FO. But, historically, many had, or have had, a dim view of “wogs”, too.

    It’s more disturbing that the FO employed someone who has such little understanding of social boundaries. My guess is they will keep a close eye on him in future: I shouldn’t think they want more neurotic outbursts.

  3. Jonathan Romer Says:

    Zkharya,

    Is it an improvement to have Laxton back at the FO, still thinking as he does but more canny about speaking as he did?

    I would hope that he is at least kept far, far away from the Middle East desk — though it is not “hope” in the sense of optimism.

  4. zkharya Says:

    No. But I’m not sure what can be done about it. There is always the problem that penitence is insincere.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a lot of sympathy for him i.e. “I think it, but I don’t say it.”

    That’s the FFO.


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