February 24th, 2012

Tom Watson Ate My Column

Guido has spoken to people in a position to know and it is clear that the Maurice Glasman writing a column for the Sun on Sunday story going round needs comprehensive debunking. Glasman was originally supposed to write a piece for The Sun, the article had been in the offing for a couple of weeks. Stewart Wood, the Shadow Minister without Portfolio who serves as consigliere to Ed Miliband, was aware that it was in the offing and merely asked Maurice to not be negative about Ed.

After this blog reported that Toby Young was going to be the Sun on Sunday’s political columnist the Sunday Mirror’s Vincent Moss tweeted

http://twitter.com/#!/vincentmoss/status/172382036215083008

This led to Tom Watson sending a menacing tweet

Which as Dan Hodges pointed out, meant

Lo and behold Stewart Wood then called Glasman and told him it would not go down well if the article appeared. Glasman then called The Sun and spiked his own article which by now was due to appear in the Sun on Sunday rather than the daily. Guido sources say the article was mildly critical of Ed’s direction but not that disloyal, certainly nowhere near as cutting as his infamous New Statesman article. Guido’s source says money was never discussed, it was always a one off article and not a regular column offer. Something tells Guido that the Sun on Sunday will cope without the author of “Managing Market Utopia” and the “Politics of Paradox”.  It seems bizarrely self-defeating for Labour to block themselves from connecting with 7 million key swing voters.


87 Comments

  1. 1
    Andrew Efiong says:

    So much for freedom of the press!

    Tom Watson seems obsessed with his media agenda.

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  2. 2
    Mandlebums friend says:

    He had a nosh on my column once…or was it twice…

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  3. 5
    Rh- says:

    all the news that labour decides is fit to print

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  4. 6
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    In his wholly opportunistic and deeply cynical jehad on NI, Watson has found his Stalingrad and, like Khrushchev, will eventually use his part to bid for power in the Labour Party. They will richly deserve each other.

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    • 31
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      A holy war that resulted in a rebranding of NI’s sunday tabloid. Its been a wonderful cost cutting exercise for them.

      And I bet Hugh Grant gets a new film role as a result of the show.

      Oh. and caption competition. My crystal balls are a tingling and I know exactly who its going to be,.

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  5. 7
    Man about town. says:

    Tom Watson will be the next Eric Joyce. Mark my words, he is sailing too close to the wind for his own good.

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    • 10
      jgm2 says:

      So what you’re saying is it only needs somebody to goad him a little once he’s p155ed and take a couple of belts and he could be spending the night in the cells too.

      Do you know which pub he frequents?

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      • 18
        WVM says:

        Well they’ll have a job on, I hear he spends most of his time on the Xbox eating buckets of monster munch.

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        • 25
          Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

          ^^^
          Ah, but does he play Xbox online?

          I’m sure Twatson could equally be goaded by “I’ve just shot you again, you really are useless at this, you fat git” type messages..

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        • 26
          jgm2 says:

          XBox? XBox? Is he a fucking kid or something?

          Has he got an Action Man too? Does he play with that as well?

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          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            you are showing your age there. unless of course if you think “a kid” is someone younger than 45. in which case, you’re still showing your age.

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        • 52
          jgm2 says:

          Good clean fight. No knives. No glasses. No harm done.

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          • Anonymous says:

            No punches landed, either?

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          • jgm2 says:

            Oh I think there were a few punches landed but the fat lad knew when he was beaten and the other chap didn’t go too hard on him after that.

            Bruised ego more than anything I’d have thought.

            Better to find out you’re shit at fighting like that than find out the hard way.

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        • 79
          Fightlikeagirl Club says:

          If we are hoping the good stout Englishman will save us in the end then we are in big trouble. Useless fat knackers the pair of them.

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      • 59
        Anonymous says:

        jgm2 @ 12:02. Probably uses the bars in HoC;the booze is cheap ‘cos it’s subsidised by the taxpayers.

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  6. 11
    Glyn H says:

    Ah, but are not Labour publicity ‘campaigns’ run by a coke head? Expect he has just had a bad trip along with Eric ‘the red’ Major Joyce.

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  7. 13

    What? You mean a sort of Labour Unplugged?

    Could catch on. The BBC could do a series…

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  8. 14
    bergen says:

    Its very encouraging that Labour wish to isolate themselves in their own holier-than -thou brand of ideological purity. Does anyone remember the News on Sunday ? It was a Sunday paper launched in Kinnock’s time with Labour support for a good left wing view of the world. It lasted a few months.

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  9. 15
    kev says:

    ‘Menacing’? It’s not as if Watson threatened to head-butt Glasman.
    ‘7 million key swing voters’? Now you are living in fucking dreamland, Guido!

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    • 27
      jgm2 says:

      Well it’s true they’re not going to change their minds overnight but a subtle drip-drip of positive spin for Labour can work wonders. As proved by Blair, BBC, Alistair Campbell and News International in 1997.

      So being dogmatically hostile does kind of preclude a reprise of 1997.

      Thank fuck.

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      • 55
        the stench of hypocrisy says:

        Labour were falling over themselves to lick Murdoch’s ass before 1997 and during their reign.
        The phone-hacking scandals happened during their tenure and Blair is godfather to one of Murdoch’s kids.

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        • 61
          Ivor Tapeworm says:

          After Leveson, would NI ever support Labour again? I think not.

          Spectacular own-goal by Labour manipulators.

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          • Boudicca says:

            NI will support whoever is best for it’s business interests.
            Salmond is current flavour of the month in Scotland.

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        • 67
          Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

          Don’t you know that these facts have been airbrushed out of the BBC version of recent British history?

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      • 71
        Steve Lloyd says:

        + 1

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  10. 16
    Displaced Brummie. says:

    An anagram of Thomas Watson is ‘ Showman Stoat’ which seems quite apt, I feel.

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  11. 19
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    what about Grayling’s a c’unt

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  12. 20
    Goobaga says:

    Watson has the whif of a stale turd in a truckstop sink

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  13. 23
    annette curton says:

    He looks like the sort of guy you could invite around for your grand-daughters 5th birthday party.

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  14. 24
    WALES ARE GOING TO STUFF england says:

    When is fatso watson going to be taken to book for his expense fiddles

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  15. 28
    Some Geezer wot actually likes Drew Carey,who is actually a Libertarian says:

    Bi!!y Bunter’s celebrating…

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  16. 29
    WVM says:

    Re: BBC 2 Daily Politics (on right now)

    Has Brillo a bald patch at the back of his head?
    Or is it strange camera angles from the Beeb?

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  17. 33
    Tomwatch says:

    Just in, Watson seen going into Sun HQ strapped with bundles of dynamite to himself screaming ‘yippikaiaymotherf-‘ like a wildman.

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  18. 35
    nellnewman says:

    LOL!!!

    labour really know how to shoot themselves in the foot don’t they?

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    • 41
      Tony Bliar that straight kinda guy says:

      Hope Twatson misses his foot and hits himself somewhere between his fat piggy little ears…………My god he is one ugly fat Hunt……….

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      • 45
        nellnewman says:

        Yes but I’m very glad that labour has him. Everytime I see his picture I am reminded of their bullying culture, their incompetence and their thuggery & thieving.

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  19. 42
    I am Stan says:

    Watsons fall will be feffing delicious.

    He may want to hang on to that guitar and get used to singing to drunks in public at turnout time.

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  20. 43
    Anonymous says:

    “Bizarrely self-defeating” actually makes a fairly good strapline for Ed’s Labour.

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  21. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Hasn’t the Tit and Bum used an old photo of Wato, I thought he was supposed to have lost a lot of weight, at least according to Guido a few weeks ago

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  22. 47
    Eric Joyce says:

    I love Punch and Judy.

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  23. 48
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Watson is a thoroughly nasty individual.

    I hope when he falls, it’s a bloody long way.

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  24. 50
    who why what where when says:

    Socialists can’t help manipulating the press.
    It worked for Hitler and Stalin.

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  25. 54
    Goobaga says:

    Goobaga says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    February 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    Watson has the whiff of a stale turd in a truckstop sink

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  26. 66
    kev says:

    ‘7 millions readers’? Really, Guido? That is what could be described as ‘hyperbole'; which is a word one would never see printed in that rag, as it has four, fucking syllables. Perhaps that walking-thumb impersonator Toby Young shall use that word in his ‘column':once.

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  27. 69
    I don't need no doctor says:

    What the fuck has it got to do with Watson anyway? Watson was so stupid to do Brown’s bidding in attacking the Murdochs. Watson is an idiot who’s going to be made to pay.

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  28. 73
    Steve Lloyd says:

    How long before the left re-brand the Sun on Sunday, the SS.

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    • 76
      JH says:

      They’ve already got copyright on that for the soon-to-be-launched Sunday Socialist. It will be launched into a landfill shortly afterwards.

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  29. 74
    Anna says:

    Typical Westminster village commentary. Whatever its merits or lack of them, the wider electorate hasn’t a clue who Tom Watson, Maurice Glassman or Toby Young are.

    Gossip is fine and occasionally very entertaining, but all of you politcal bloggers, whether independent or tied to MSM, have an entirely inflated idea of your own influence. The proportion of the internet-connected electorate that actually knows what a blog IS, is vanishly infinitesimal.

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    • 77
      JH says:

      I’d say the number of pelts this blog alone has collected would warrant it’s influence being described as more than ‘vanishly infinitesimal’.

      Oily fuckers like Huhne, Hain, Draper and McBride would still be in a (decent) job were it not for these illustrious pages.

      I know lefties would LOVE to have an organ as effective as this one, but they’ll just have to suck it up.

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  30. 75
    Rinka Scott says:

    It looks as if we might be able to read about Jonny Spelman in the Sun on Sunday after all.

    His mum must be well stacked to have blown the money she has on legal fees for an injunction she did not get.

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  31. 80
    Anonymous says:

    It’s about time he got his come uppance, come on Guido you must have a lot on him!!!

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  32. 81
    Tom Watson is a complete cunt! says:

    Twatson was obviously too drunk on wine and ego from promoting his new book to Labour supporting sycophants at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Labour fundraising dinner last night!

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  33. 83
    kev says:

    Are we going to learn about deleted emails soon? I hope so.

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  34. 84
    kev says:

    It appears certain U.S government agencies are developing an interest in phone hacking and emails as well.

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  35. 85
    Watch says:

    I can’t wait until the Sun on Sunday run pictures of him pants down and cock up a 12 year old boy.

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  36. 86
    8 Bit Vampire says:

    tom watson blocked me on twitter because i accused him of “being up the guardian’s arse”

    perfectly acceptable for him to accuse other media outlets of bias but when you accuse him of the same he chucks his teddys out of the cot

    pathetic hypocrisy if you ask me…

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