Thursday, July 8, 2010

Temper, Temper Tom

This is from last night, but Guido was waiting for decent-quality footage to appear online of his old mucker Tom Watson losing it in the Commons and managing to break pretty much all established Parliamentary protocol in one sentence. It’s fair to say he doesn’t like Michael Gove very much:

Note the apology was only out of “deference” to Bercow, who for obvious reasons wouldn’t like the term pip-squeak.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Whining and Dining

Tom Watson has a new bee in his bonnet.  Like so many Labour MPs who are finding it deeply “unfair” that they are no longer in power, Watson has decided to try carry on the scorched earth-policy from the other side of the Commons chamber.  Because he no longer gets to quaff it, our old friend has started a justified campaign to have Government Hospitality, a unit that answers the Foreign Office, sell off their entire wine cellar. The mandarins are strangely stalling  at the first stage with the fairly astonishing excuse they get such a good deal on the wine that they couldn’t possibly reveal how much it costs. Offers too good to be true?

Tom and Guido have had their moments in the past but for once there is some common ground here, other than an appreciation for a good bottle. However for someone so willing to rebel against his own party in government, be it on the Digital Economy Bill or instigating a coup against their most successful leader ever, it’s mighty strange that only now that he finds himself in opposition is he willing to take up this new cause.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Support Gary Elsby!

For many years Gary Elsby was a regular contributor to the comments on this blog, much to the amusement of fellow co-conspirators. So it is without hesitation that Guido endorses his campaign “to do battle” and “carry the torch of socialism.”

The former Stoke Labour Party constituency secretary is standing as an independent, this is a bit of collateral damage in advance of the full-scale civil war that will come following a Labour defeat. Mandelson is trying to hold the line against the Whelan-Balls-Brown axis which is putting its placemen into upcoming seats using UNITE’s muscle with Tom Watson enforcing the faction’s advantage wherever he can. Mandelson in private sees the battle for Labour’s soul as his primary mission having calculated that Labour is likely to face at least one, if not two terms out of office.

The exit of so many Blairites has been a tawdry money-grubbing affair which has strengthened the Brownite / UNITE hand with ordinary disgusted Labour Party activists.  Mandelson has weakened his hand by misjudging matters and insisting that a “toff” like Tristram should be a standard bearer for his faction.

All in all, Stoke promises to be a foretaste of the chaos that will engulf the Labour Party following election day…

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Quote of the Day

Tom Watson explaining his opposition to libel reform…

“… personal experience of the current CFA arrangements has helped my understanding of how the system works.”

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

+ + + Libel Reform Blocked + + +

tom_wDetails are a little sketchy tonight, but Guido understands that there has been a last minute ambush of Jack Straw’s libel reform bill in the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments.

The ambush was apparently galvanised by Tom Watson, with the support of Chris Mullins, Peter Kilfoyle, Jim Sheridan and Julie Kirkbride.

It seems inexplicable, the reform carries widespread support across all parties. Cynics note that some of last minute opponents had in the past benefitted from Conditional Fee Arrangements (CFAs). Others point to the closeness to former speaker Michael Martin, who opposes the reforms in the Lords. Others note that some of the oppents have themselves been beneficiaries of CFAs . Solicitors Carter-Ruck are lobbying intensely against to keep the no-win-no-fee system. Carter-Ruck won £50,000 for Tom Watson on that basis. Coincidentally.

+ + + Developing + + +

Guido Fact : Carter-Ruck solicitors had a table at the Index on Censorship Awards.

UPDATE : Index on Censorship has more:

LIBEL COSTS REFORM STALLED BY LABOUR MPS’ REVOLT

30 Mar 2010

A Statutory Instrument that would have reformed costs in English libel cases was stalled at committee stage tonight after several Labour MPs voted against their party whip to bock a reduction of lawyers’ success fees from a 100 per cent mark-up to 10 per cent. Chris Mullin, Peter Kilfoyle, Tom Watson and Jim Sheridan and Julie Kirkbride voted against the move. Watson and Kilfoyle have both taken advantage of Conditional Fee Agreements in past court cases. Conservative MPs abstained from the vote.

The proposal will now go to a full parliamentary vote.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

From the Green Bench to the Bench Press

A little birdy just told Guido the unlikely tale that his old sparring partner Tom Watson is opening a gym in his constituency tonight. Hopefully witnesses (or even avid blog reader Tom himself) will be able to provide another Kodak moment.

It is not clear at this point whether Watson will be taking up membership…

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Double Plus Good

Guido was somewhat surprised to hear high praise coming from his old sparring partner Tom Watson of all people. During the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee last week, Watson was quick to praise this blog and push an argument often put forward here: that diary editors are thieving magpies. The academic expert being grilled, Paul Bradshaw, Lecturer in Journalism, Birmingham City University even agreed:

O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his bearded face. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself.  He loved Big Blogger.

Watson 2009, after Orwell 1948, as Smith in “1984″

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tom Watson Trousers £50,000 From Smeargate

Watson

Sort of jealous that Guido’s old sparring partner Tom Watson has reputedly trousered circa £50,000 from the combined damages he received from the Mail on Sunday and the Sun. Tax free as well, that will  more than make up for his loss of £400-a-month cash he claimed (no receipts necessary) in expenses for groceries. Guido put it to him earlier today and he did not deny it. Guido, alas, did Smeargate for pleasure…

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Random Spot Check on a Political Piggy

Watson

Guido will be going through MP’s expenses at random today, amazingly Tom Watson’s expenses are the first randomly selected for detailed examination Fancy that, him looking just like a piggy and all…

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

+++ Tom Watson Resigning, Guido Will Miss Him +++

Watson

So many rats are leaving the government ship it is in danger of toppling over.  Tom Watson, the Minister for Mudslinging*, who was named in the one of the Smeargate emails from McBride to Draper, will be particularly missed.  He is cherished by strategists at CCHQ.  If it wasn’t for him the Labour Party would not have swapped a triple-election winning political genius for a voter repelling, election avoiding, malevolent weirdo.  They should, if they could find enough scrap brass, put a statue of him outside the entrance to Tory HQ on Millbank.  Watson also saw off Stephen Carter, someone brought in from outside the Brown circle to bring a wider media savvy perspective, in doing so he probably killed the last hope of sanity in the Downing Street bunker.  Watson of course organised the coup which failed but fatally undermined Blair.  It is to Tom Watson who more thinking Tories toast for the tactical and strategic disasters that have plagued the Brown premiership.  On a personal note, Guido would like to pay tribute to Tom for his antics and attempts to struggle unsuccessfully against the Guidoisation of politics.  Watson will now have more time with his family and Play-Station, no doubt his blog will also improve with him out of government…

*Favourite read he says was Mudslingers: The Twenty-five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time


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What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
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“I bet if you went into a pub tonight and started a conversation about ­politics you’d hear strong opinions. David Cameron would be out of touch and Nick Clegg despised while Nigel Farage would divide people sharply. Miliband? In a lot of boozers he’d be the fourth most interesting man in British politics.”



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