December 5th, 2013

Watson Votes With Tories Despite His Gambling Campaign

Yesterday Guido brought you Tom Watson’s Damascene conversion over fixed odd betting terminals, which he had backed while on the CMS Select Committee, but has recently taken up as his latest cause. Last night the people’s champion accidentally voted the wrong way – against restrictions – on the machines:

“So I supported the government on their report into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. On most days few would  notice this act of tiny rebellion. Except this was the day in which I made the front page of the Daily Mail, leading the campaign against FOBTs. This week I’ve spent sleepless nights drafting campaign packs, model letters, petitions and press releases in order to gather support for the campaign against FOBTs and their corrosive impact in every High Street in Britain. So basically, this was about the most embarrassing vote I could make a mistake on.”

One in the eye for that image of a super-campaigner he has spent so long cultivating. A long lunch?


  1. 1
    Twatson says:

    Not my fault, Fatty Pickles was eating a pie, so I just followed him sucking up the crumbs.

  2. 2
    Rickytshirt says:

    You had one job…

  3. 3
    The public denied effective democratic representation by a fool says:

    Will he resign?

  4. 4

    Someone of his persuasions really ought to go through both lobbies for every vote.

  5. 5
    HoC SatNav says:

    Why do men never ask for directions when they’re not sure where they’re going?

  6. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    Good lad, he was editing my new book “How I abolished Boom and Bust and saved the world”.

  7. 7

    For the same reasons as MPs mostly chose not to learn the facts before they cast their votes.

  8. 8
    Tom Fatson says:

    I’m big enough to go through both lobbies simultaneously.

  9. 9
    Never Mind Tommy. Geoffry says:

  10. 10
    Zac says:

    Whenever there is a case to be made for a right of recall, MPs like Tom Watson are at the heart of it.

  11. 11
    Diane Forgets that this was a Labour plan also. says:

  12. 12
    gamblers anonymous says:

    what a tool

  13. 13
    Axe The Telly Tax &Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    So the order of events is now set:

    1. Roma invasion next year

    2. UKIP win the Euro Elections

    3. Labour win the General Election

    4. IMF impose the most savage cuts in history

    5. Labour annihilated in the following General Election and out of power for a generation

  14. 14
    gamblers anonymous says:

    what a tool

  15. 15

    China build a direct railway line to their new provincial centre, London.

  16. 16
    P. Doff says:

    What are the odds on that happening?

  17. 17
    tGOM says:


  18. 18
    Why Do Labour MPs fall into the "STATE" trap? says:

    That’s not true anyway. You won’t HAVE to work until 70. The state pension won’t start until then but there is nothing to stop a 20 year old now putting money aside/investing so that they have an income or nest egg at age 60 or before.

    There are choices that can be taken which do NOT involve the state Diane.

  19. 19
    Joe Public & all Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    Just getting you to do some real work would be a miracle & will stop your
    incessant pontification how great you are

  20. 20
    yes ukip can says:

    What is Blackjack Dromey’s position?

  21. 21
    The one that got away. says:

    John Prescott is to declare in the Register of Members’ Interests his stay at the ranch of a US billionaire who wants to run the UK’s only supercasino.

  22. 22
    Ah!!!!!!!!!! M says:

    You might say Owen Jones is a one man camp-pain

  23. 23
    Margaret Hodge says:

    Do you think Tom Watson has an addiction?

    He was much more interesting when he was talking about young boys in Council care.

  24. 24
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Time you started working Abbott instead of tweeting all day.

  25. 25
    Joe Public & all Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    5. LieLabor annihilated & out of power for EVER !!!

  26. 26

    Bonkers Bashir coming back to the BBC!

  27. 27
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Watson is stupid.

  28. 28
    wm hill says:

    ten to one on watson’s a prat!

  29. 29
    lad broke says:

    wish i’d backed that one

  30. 30
    jg765 says:

    So, posters here think that these gambling machines are fine then?
    Mongs who are to stupid to distinguish right from wrong think tribal, DUH.

  31. 31
    Axe The Telly Tax &Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    It should be forever but people have short memories and those who remember the Labour nightmare die off over time.

  32. 32
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    He should go to C4 News.

  33. 33
    Money where Mouth is. PUT. says:

    Make a stand Diane. Refuse to accept your parliamentary pension and hand it to the poor and needy in your borough.

  34. 34
    Tom Fatson says:

    Pies Ayes to the right………….

  35. 35
    Tom Badwind says:

    Does Nigella bank at the Co-Op ?

  36. 36
    Reader says:

    So, a poster thinks posters here think that these gambling machines are fine then?

    There have been loads of posts on here in the last couple of days decrying Tessa Jowell’s 2005 Gambling Act. How about reading all the posts before behaving like a Mong who makes sweeping generalisations. DUH

  37. 37
    Raving Loon says:

    Pay in to a private pension and collect it when you’re 55.

  38. 38
    bergen says:


  39. 39
    Maximus says:

    Yes, we are alright with risk. We know stock markets can go down as well as up; that venture capital is risk capital; and that only fools buy into future gold mines. We also know the sky will not fall in today or tomorrow.

  40. 40
    Selohesra says:

    Kneeling down – mouth open

  41. 41
    So what is a right gambling machine? says:

    Who are we to decide what is right and what is wrong about someone elses life choices? I don’t gamble but who am I to tell someone what a right gamble and what a wrong gamble is and then force him to accept my decision by force of law?

    And more to the point what business is it of the State?

  42. 42
    Calculate GDP growth without the increase in personal debt says:

    The Brown Balls legacy from the Bliar era.

    This will work brilliantly. People will be so unhappy they will die much earlier and so relieve the state problems of Health, Pensions and Free up housing stock thus driving down house prices. Win Win

  43. 43
    No man is an island of generalisations says:

    My life choice is to kill people who lack judgement. Who are you to decide what is right and what is wrong about someone elses life choices?

  44. 44
    yes ukip can says:

    An excellent example of shooting the messenger. Now perhaps the left can do a similar job on the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ by comparing it to the state stealing crops and animals from peasants in the middle ages. No, I didn’t think so.

  45. 45
    The Squeaker says:

    All those in favour say Aye

  46. 46
    Divide and give me the pie says:

    Because we’re going to have to pay for the mistakes your Government made dear – do you understand yet or do you need a pie to help?

  47. 47
    Maximus says:

    Agree with everything except 4, which I find implausible since George got himself a Mark Carney Vorous to bank on.

    I think well before IMF arrives, we will be seeing the frozen corpses of the aged being wheeled thru the streets as Ed Milibandit’s Climate Change Act begins its eugenist cull in earnest, as early as the winter of 2015/16. There will be no hiding place for the Milibandit.

  48. 48
    Ah!!!!!!!!!! M says:

    Spoilt for choice. They all look good to me.

  49. 49
    Phineas Fogg says:

    It is already possible to travel from China to London by train

  50. 50
    Divide and give me the pie says:

    Postal votes will not let 5. happen.

  51. 51
    yes ukip can says:

    Only if it is in the High Street.

  52. 52
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Mr Watson might find this useful:

  53. 53
    Psyche the Dog says:

    “A long lunch?” Probably a very large liquid lunch. Don’t our politicians realise that to function properly they have to be sober or they end up voting for something they are campaigning against. At least Watson turns up in the HoC doing his jobbie whereas others hardly ever turn up and d their jobbies elsewhere.

  54. 54
    N. Scratchii says:

    All I said was I wanted to buy a bag of flower (sic).

  55. 55
    Axe The Telly Tax &Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Without 4 then 5 will not happen, so it’s permanent Labour rule from 7th May 2015 onwards.

  56. 56
    FCIPH says:

    It’s a good job fatty boob head has not got his porky finger on the nuclear button

  57. 57
    Axe The Telly Tax &Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Postal votes didn’t save Gordon Brown and he managed to avoid the IMF.

  58. 58
    Psyche the Dog says:

    It’s OK provided a gambler can control his/her gambling, if they cannot they should not gamble , it’s all in the mind, a sort of addiction.

  59. 59
    Phyllis in the Fox & Werrity says:

    MP changes mind in so-called free society – shock.

    Let’s get rid of 24-hour drinking while we’re at it.

  60. 60
    Psyche the Dog says:

    The 23 of December approaches, the sky will not fall in but something might fall from the sky.

  61. 61
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Listen to my emphatic, unequivocal statement @24mins.

  62. 62
    Saint Tony says:

    Stop looking at me like that, Cherie!

  63. 63
    Tom Catesby. says:

    Don’t panic Dianne, we doubt it will effect you.

  64. 64
    Psyche the Dog says:

    His remit is local government

  65. 65
    ELO - Excuses Labour Ochestra says:

    Aged 2 –

    The Diary of Tom Wimp

    Aged 2 – The nanny made me sick

    Aged 10 – The Kitten ate my homework. Someone killed it though so it will not happen again

    Aged 22 – It’s not my fault I can’t get a proper job.

    Aged 35 – How come everyone else but me, gets on in life without doing anything?

    Aged 44 – That Rupert Murdoch is successful, he makes me jealous.

    Aged 50 – I have that much to do as a busy behind the scenes shit stirrer that I wasn’t even listening to the subject, so not my fault.

    Aged 70 – The nurse made me soil my pants

  66. 66
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Puss Cat, Dave changes his mind so often it is as if he is stuck in one of those rotating doors and keeps going round and round.

  67. 67
    C.O.Jones says:

    Half of Labour voters only work until they are 20.

  68. 68
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tom, Tom, Tom, as I have told you many many times.

    The first step towards failure is trying.

  69. 69
    GUTBUCKET says:


  70. 70
    Paniagua V5 says:

    Call Clegg?

    Ok – He is a cúnt

  71. 71
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Puss Cat, maybe if the all the bars of the HoC were closed during hours of business, they might have better idea.

  72. 72
    C.O.Jones says:

    Yes, he invented QE.

  73. 73
    ONS says:

    And the other half never work.

  74. 74
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Watch out Tone, those girrafes have one heck of a mighty kick.

  75. 75
    Paniagua V5 says:

    The public just want MP’s to work.

  76. 76
    Isaac Hunt says:

    He’s a bigger c’unt than me!

  77. 77
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Then they are made redundant, to be replaced by a teenager who is made redundant in 6 months etc

  78. 78
    George Osbrown says:

    I will be announcing major infrastructure projects today including the construction of British embassies in all the major cities in the UK.

  79. 79
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Unless of course someone Madoff’s with your money and it’s gone.

  80. 80
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Jaw Jozzbourne needs a Plan ‘B’.

  81. 81
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Their big mistake was believing what those lovely banker boys told them

  82. 82
    Welcome to insane Island says:

    The BBC is now calling economic migrants “refugees” innocent victims, and the EU is going to respond by inviting many more to try by spreading the ones who make it all around Europe. And you can bet the farm the UK is going to end up taking in tens of thousands of economic migrants with low or no skills.

    Now a normal person might realise that rewarding illegal migration via people smugglers and traffickers will simply encourage the lucrative trade and more people will drown when overloaded boats filled to the brim to maximise profits duly sinks.

    But we are not dealing with a rational set up are we? All that will happen is that traffickers will get rich and more of their paying customers will drown and Europe will have to accommodate more and more economic migrants who make the trip.

    Its a mad mad mad world.

  83. 83
    jg765 says:

    So, you would legalise all drugs and other things that eff up lives too then?
    Fact is that people are too stupid and lack the common sense to live without laws.

  84. 84
    Psyche the Dog says:

    Puss Cat, and snow fell in the Sahara desert

  85. 85
    Welcome to insane Island says:

    Always room for a loud mouth hater and extremist left wing bigot at the BBC, the more the merrier. Maybe he will compare putting a cap on benefits as a genocide.

  86. 86
    jg765 says:

    …similarly, most politicians and lefgislators are too stupid to create sensible laws.

  87. 87
    Psyche the Dog says:

    You have experienced Owen?

  88. 88
    Margaret Hodge says:

    It was just a tiny, tiny law.

  89. 89
    The Public says:

    True. Over 500 MPs ‘abstained’ on the right of recall vote.

  90. 90
    retardEd Miliband says:

    Thith ith a dithguthting Tory thmear.

  91. 91
    The Public says:

    Yes, the kind of ‘accident’ someone makes on their first day on a job and never makes ever again.

  92. 92
    Humane Killing Required says:

    The BBC badly needs its wings clipping. It is paid to serve, not pass comment.

  93. 93
    The Public says:

    Life is too short.

  94. 94
    kmc says:

    Have you ever tried drínking for 24 hours? I have. The results weren’t pretty.

  95. 95
    The Public says:

    The BBC is packed with foreigners. Shut it down. They are the enemy within.

  96. 96
    EU Lover says:

    No, you can’t do that. It’s part of the rules for our wonderful European cafe based society.

  97. 97
    Law what is it good for? says:

    Not really. Laws will never stop gambling, drinking, smoking, prostitution, thieving, suicide, insulting, offending, farting, ugliness, faggots, Watson et al. If they did then that list would not exist. Laws in the main make law makers feel better.

  98. 98
    The Public says:

    The public just want MPs to work for the public.

  99. 99
    Orders issued says:

    So, no immigration bill then until after the floodgates open….

  100. 100
    Short term thinkers at the OBR says:

    We endorse the need for many more immigrants to redress the aging population without a thought as to what is going to happen in the future, where the infrastructure to support them comes from etc. etc. etc.

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Oh yes! lets start an E petition !

  102. 102
    Anonymous says:

    How very dare you say i should take responsibility for myself !

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    How do all the Labour front bench maintain the level of hysteria they show whenever they speak ? it is very abnormal behaviour !

  104. 104
    Dr Faustus says:

    Obviously he will. There is a proud tradition at Westminster that Members shown to be liars, fools, poltroons, nonces or troughers retire to the Commons Library with a bottle of brandy and a revolver.

  105. 105
    Emma Isaacs says:

    Since you put it like that, I’m amazed that Dave didn’t ask the Indians to do it.
    I guess they must have been too busy building aircraft carriers and flat-pack call centres for their Mars project.

  106. 106
    broderick crawford says:



  107. 107
    broderick crawford says:


  108. 108
    broderick crawford says:

    ….if that !!!!

  109. 109
    DoveHawk says:

    Twatson’s government wanted to fill the country with super-casinos and it was their legislation that fills TV output with gambling ads.

    Just bog-standard lefty hypocrisy.

  110. 110

    There is NOTHING savage about ‘ cuts ‘ we need them the more the better

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