In 2009 Paul Rowen discovered Palestine. He discovered Palestine the week after Simon Danczuk the Labour Party PPC actually visited Palestine with Rochdale Councillor Ibrar Khan.
Now in a deperate catch-up, Paul has a Gaza section on his personal website (published by Diddy Dave Hennigan).
The main archive section for Gaza is EMPTY
After a little more digging it appears that all his entries about Gaza are from 2009.
Nothing of substance about Palestine or Gaza for 2005, 2006, 2007, or until 2008 when Paul became very rattled by Simon and Ibrar's visit, actions and public commitment.
In late December, as the people of Gaza were being bombed into oblivion by the IDF, it seems Paul Rowen was on a sunlounger on a beach in Thailand.
There has been a flurry of action by Paul and Dave in the past few weeks. Lots of phone calls and emails and press releases. Are some misleading and others completely untrue? Things got ugly with Dave Hennigan at a public meeting at Castlemere Community centre. All sorts of accusations and threats have been made. Paul's subsequent jolly to Strasbourg remains shrouded in mystery.
Back to some facts about the MP who has now wrapped himself in the Palestinian flag.
Paul has been the Invisible Man in Parliament. For years he missed the boat, now he is a shameless showboater with his recent flurry of fluffy comments.
Anoymous sock puppet Dave Hennigan has been buzy spinning but the truth is simple-
Where was Paul when the following Early Day Motions were signed in Westminster?
Paul Rowen FAILED to make a stand on the CONTINUED DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN MPS
Paul Rowen FAILED to make a stand on ISRAELI MILITARY ACTION IN THE GAZA STRIP 29.06.2006
Paul Rowen FAILED to make a stand regarding PRIME MINISTER OLMERT AND ENDING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE.
Paul Rowen FAILED to make a stand regarding BREAKING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE. 26.04.2006
Paul Rowen FAILED to make a stand on the SUSPENSION OF EU AID TO PALESTINE LONDON LAUNCH OF OPEN BETHLEHEM PROJECT
Paul Rowen FAILED to comment on the ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT RESOLUTION. 07.12.2006
Paul Rowen FAILED to condem ISRAELI VIOLENCE IN PALESTINE. 15.11.2006
Paul Rowen FAILED to express grave concern about ACCESS TO MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN. 21.10.2008
Paul Rowen FAILED to show solidarity regarding the 60th ANNIVERSARY OF PALESTINIAN NAKBA. 06.05.2008
Absence of actions speak louder than a few, desperate words spoken in 2009.
These are just some of Parliamentary motions about Gaza and Palestine that Paul Rowen has failed to be involved with as an MP in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
As Jimmy Cricket might say- "There's more"...