Monday, November 24, 2014

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Weekend: Tom Watson v Ivan Lewis

The Labour old guard spent their Sunday afternoons locked in a bruising Red on Red deathmatch. The protagonists: Blairite Shadow Cabinet minister Ivan Lewis and one time Brownite bootboy Tom Watson. The subject: Scottish Labour’s leadership election. The venue: Twitter.

Seconds out!

Alas, Ivan couldn’t quite bring himself to write ‘knifing Blair’…

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nonce Finder General Missed Paedo Files Data Months Ago

Tom Watson today accused he government of being hasty in setting up an inquiry into SW1′s historic sex crimes. Haste, however, is not an accusation that can be levelled at the former Nonce Finder General. It turns out  super-sleuth Tom was told last October that 114 “potentially relevant files” concerning a possible Westminster child abuse scandal had “been presumed destroyed, missing or not found”.

Yet it only hit the news a week ago today, when Mark Sedwell told the Home Affairs Select Committee. Watson was told in a written answer from the Home Office last year, though he seems to have missed the shocking significance of the revelation.

Was Inspector Watson napping on the job, or too busy playing computer games?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Watson: I Was Wrong About Rebekah

On the Daily Politics this morning Brillo made Tom Watson eat his words after accusing Rebekah Brooks of not only being “responsible for wrongdoing at News International, but I believe she knew about it” (July 2011). Watson now admits he was wrong:

“Rebekah Brooks is not guilty. She has been found not guilty of conspiring to hack phones in a court of law. She is innocent, I wish her well with her life… I do accept she didn’t do it, I wish her well with her life and I hope she goes off and does something very productive in the world.”

Despite the mea culpa he says he cannot bring himself to say sorry. She’ll cope with that…

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bigmouth Strikes Again: Watson’s Smiths Blunder

Ah Tom Watson. Ranting about the “Etonions” trying to “appropriate all the symbols of working-class culture from the 1980s”, Tommy builds to a crescendo of class war bilge over at Comment is Free:

“I understand why Cameron once wanted his photo taken outside Salford Boys Club, and take pleasure from the fact he will never be able to speak for the Adrian Moles of this world.”

Rather embarrassing then that the Guardian were forced to correct Watson’s attack – he got the location of The Smiths infamous album sleeve shoot wrong. That would be Salford Lads Club, as any true fan would know:

When you’re going to have a go at someone for pretending to be a music fan, it’s best to actually know what you are talking about. Tommy take a bow…

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tom Watson Calls for Regulation of State Hand Out Spending

Tom Watson has put his grubby statist fingers to keyboard in order slam the government’s pension plans:

“People will tell you that ‘it’s your money, you should decide how to spend it’.  The whole point is that it just isn’t that simple.  Yes, you paid in.  But so did the taxpayer.  And the government has every right, therefore, to ask that you spend it in the manner it was intended when we were stumping up the cash.”

Just imagine how Tommy would be whining and moaning if that exact argument was made about controlling how people who are on benefits spend their money. The natural extension of this is to regulate anyone in receipt of state-handouts.

What happens to people spending child benefit on fags and booze?

Or JSA on flatscreen TVs?

Or disability benefits on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals?

When Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke suggested plans to regulate how money is spent Labour and their supporters accused him breaching the Human Rights Act, and called the idea “undignified”, “intrusive” and “damaging”. Yet Watson claims the “government has every right, therefore, to ask that you spend it in the manner it was intended?”

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time For Watson to Launch Corrections and Clarifications Page

Oh the beautiful irony. Tom Watson put his X-Box down for ten minutes to have a go at Labour for playing up Ed as a strong leader like Thatcher. ‘It’s highly likely that a spin doctor, working for Ed, chose to persuade people that he really would “Govern like Thatcher”‘ he blogged. Within an hour or so it was a full reverse ferret:

“Tom Baldwin, an adviser to Ed Miliband has been in touch to say: “For the record, I didn’t mention thatcher once in all the lobby briefing around the speech. Truth is, I suspect, they got together and constructed line themselves.”

Perhaps he should have checked his facts before he mixed opinion and news? Time for a due-prominence apology, for sure.

This is not the first time Watson has cocked up like this.

Remember when he accused Guido of selling drugs to George Osborne at a rave?

Or when he had to apologise to Nick Robinson for accusing him of being a Murdoch stooge in his book?

Maybe he should add a permanent corrections and clarifications section to his website, as they’re piling up…

It’s what Brian Leveson would want…

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Watson Up to His Grubby Neck in Falkirk Report

When open and transparent Tom Watson quit the Shadow Cabinet he pretended he wanted the Falkirk report to be published, whinging that “I’ve still not seen the report but believe there are an awful lot of spurious suppositions being written.” Well with the report leaked this morning, for some reason Watson is keeping quiet, spending the day tweeting about Led Zeppelin. Could that be anything to do with it containing damning evidence that “a batch of approx 40 application forms was received by the party with a letter from Len McCluskey stating that Tom Watson said they were OK”, and that, crucially, regarding Unite’s “recruitment work”, “Tom Watson had given it the go ahead”. The conclusions of the report have Unite bang to rights:

Finally confirming what we knew all along. No wonder Miliband wanted to keep it secret…

Monday, January 27, 2014

So, Will Tom Watson Now Quit the Mirror?

Tom Watson’s verdict on phone hackers back in May 2012:

“These people corrupted our country. They brought shame on our police force and our Parliament. They lied and cheated, blackmailed and bullied. We should all be ashamed when we think how we cowered before them for so long.

But to really stop requires more than tokenistic retribution. It needs conclusive attribution. The very cornerstone of justice is that those really responsible are held to account – that the rich and the powerful are as low in the face of the law as the most humble and weak.”

Given today’s revelations in court about hacking at Mirror Group, presumably Mirror columnist Watson will now be resigning from the paper…

Thursday, December 5, 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?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Watson’s ‘Crack Cocaine’ Gambling Flip Flop

Tom Watson has found another target to keep him occupied. Writing in today’s Guardian he makes the case against fixed odds betting terminals, the so-called “crack cocaine” of the gambling industry.

“We’re in the grip of a new addiction – high-speed, high-stakes gambling. What’s fuelling this destructive habit is the fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT), a machine that allows people to bet £100 every 20 seconds for 13 hours a day. These digital roulette terminals are making millions for the gambling industry, and making losers out of those who can least afford to lose.”

Worth noting that Watson’s name is on last year’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee report on gambling, which drew some very different conclusions. Indeed, the committee Watson sat on recommended that the rules regulating FOBTs be relaxed:

“We therefore recommend that local authorities be given the power to allow betting shops to have more than the current limit of four B2 [FOBT] machines per premises”

Not like Watson to waste an opportunity for select committee grandstanding…


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Elites Pay Price for Killing Grammar Schools | Jago Pearson
Thornberry Makes Burnham Leadership Favourite | Matthew Norman
Guido’s Column | Sun
BBC Still Ignoring Savile Evidence | Telegraph
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Ed the Biggest Loser in Rochester | Trevor Kavanagh
A Just Way to Manage Migration | Mats Persson


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Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, had some alert blogger not spotted it. He instantly detected the coded message that Emily Thornberry was sending to all her right-on, bien-pensant, Labour-luvvie friends in Islington, or wherever else it is that they follow her on Twitter.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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