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.


    • 20
      yes ukip can says:

      What is Blackjack Dromey’s position?


      • 40
        Selohesra says:

        Kneeling down – mouth open


        • 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.


          • The Public says:

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


          • 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.


    • 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.


    • 28
      wm hill says:

      ten to one on watson’s a prat!


    • 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.


      • 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


      • 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.


      • 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?


        • 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?


        • 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.


          • jg765 says:

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


          • 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.


          • broderick crawford says:


            WHO ARE YOU ……ETC ETC


    • 56
      FCIPH says:

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


    • 69
      GUTBUCKET says:



      • 91
        The Public says:

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


  2. 2
    Rickytshirt says:

    You had one job…


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

    Will he resign?


    • 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.


  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. 9
    Never Mind Tommy. Geoffry says:


  8. 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.


  9. 11
    Diane Forgets that this was a Labour plan also. says:


  10. 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


    • 15

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


    • 46
      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.


      • 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.


    • 110

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


  11. 14
    gamblers anonymous says:

    what a tool


  12. 16
    P. Doff says:

    What are the odds on that happening?


  13. 17
    tGOM says:



  14. 22
    Ah!!!!!!!!!! M says:

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


  15. 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.


  16. 26

    Bonkers Bashir coming back to the BBC!


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

      He should go to C4 News.


    • 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.


      • 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.


  17. 27
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Watson is stupid.


  18. 34
    Tom Fatson says:

    Pies Ayes to the right………….


  19. 35
    Tom Badwind says:

    Does Nigella bank at the Co-Op ?


  20. 48
    Ah!!!!!!!!!! M says:

    Spoilt for choice. They all look good to me.


  21. 52
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Mr Watson might find this useful:


  22. 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.


  23. 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


  24. 67
    Gordon Brown says:

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

    The first step towards failure is trying.


  25. 76
    Isaac Hunt says:

    He’s a bigger c’unt than me!


  26. 80
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Jaw Jozzbourne needs a Plan ‘B’.


  27. 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.


    • 92
      Humane Killing Required says:

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


    • 95
      The Public says:

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


    • 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.


  28. 88
    Margaret Hodge says:

    It was just a tiny, tiny law.


  29. 99
    Orders issued says:

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


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