Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hipster Watson Makes Friends Down Under

Well it looks like the Aussies are just loving having Tom Watson turn up uninvited down under, as “a self-appointed policeman of election coverage”, as The Australian puts it. Maybe it’s his comedy preparation for radio interviews that is making him so popular:

“Instead of coming from a Southbank studio, the show was broadcast live from a footpath in the surf coast town of Torquay. Despite being a former minister, Mr Watson had clearly not checked the details of the interview. And, The Australian understands, despite media help from GetUp!, something was wrong. Mr Watson is a large man with a fondness for double lunches, but his funky frames and hipster shoes show he is not without vanity. He kept darting about trying to avoid The Australian’s photographer Stuart McEvoy yesterday. “He went to go one way and then the other,” McEvoy said. “He kept turning his back and walking the other way.” It was all to do with his outfit. Mr Watson was overheard telling ABC crew he had expected the interview to be in a studio.”

Impartial observers were less than impressed with the coverage:

He couldn’t find his car or driver after the interview either. Going well then…

Friday, August 9, 2013

Watson’s Messina Mission

Officially the Australian Labour Party are saying “nothing to do with us, guv” over Tom Watson crashing their election; though could there be another reason he’s down there, beyond his own ego? The rumour mill is in overdrive today with one theory doing the rounds – Watson is on a recruitment drive to find a new campaign coordinator or election boss for Labour in 2015. Blind-sided by the Tories hiring of Jim Messina, the hunt is very much on.

With two senior Obama campaign figures (Tom McMahon, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, and Joon Kim of New Partners consultants) trying to revive the struggling Kevin Rudd campaign, it could be a very useful fishing trip. Blue State Digital’s Matt McGregor, who ran rapid rebuttal against Romney, is also on the Rudd campaign and has already been hired by Labour, so who knows what will be discussed over some late night beers and karaoke. Lets hope the unions will be willing to open their cheque books…

UPDATE: Bruce Hawker who is head honcho on Rudd’s campaign is also a name touted for the Labour job.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tom Watson on Peter Cruddas: Then and Now

Guido is sure Ed’s adviser Tom Baldwin will appreciate Tom Watson linking to Ashcroft’s ConservativeHome article which references Dirty Money, Dirty Times, the Ashcroft book which extensively covers Baldwin’s coke snorting days.

And how nice of Tom Watson to tweet about the vindication of Peter Cruddas. Perhaps he will be apologising for attacking him at the height of the scandal on the Beeb and in the Mirror? He threatened on ITV that the public had “not heard the last of this scandal”.

How apt…

Monday, July 29, 2013

Another MP Receives Vile Sexual Twitter Abuse

Watson enjoying his retirement then…

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Watson On Job Hunt

Tom Watson is wasting no time updating his CV as he looks for a new job after quitting the frontline. Of all the possible career paths available to him, who might he be trying to impress? Last night Watson added “Public Affairs” and “Corporate Communications” to his skills on his LinkedIn page.

Because we don’t have enough politicians turned lobbyists in Parliament…

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Watson Replaced on Labour NEC by Former Brown SpAd

How’s this for the dawn of a new politics? Tom Watson has been replaced on Labour’s ruling NEC by Jon Ashworth: a former Brown Special Adviser who was parachuted into a safe Labour seat at a by-election.

“Johnny Sparkle” used to be in charge with liaising with the unions for the party, and as the Standard once noted, his contact book is “stuffed with constituency officers and union organisers”. Continuity Labour.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Labour Stars Turn Out For Fabian Gala Dinner

Finally Ed Balls has turned up. The suspiciously absent Shadow Chancellor held court at the Fabian Society’s champagne reception at the National Liberal Club last night. Following in a tradition their predecessors would have no doubt have approved of, it was survival of the richest at £100-a-ticket. Labour bloggers Laurence Durnan, Mark Ferguson and James Bloodworth chin-wagged with the party’s former head of digital Sue MacMillan before their Norwich North PPC Jessica Assato kicked off the much-needed money-raising auction. Tom Watson generously donated a signed copy of his DCMS committee report, vowing “if you do win it [he] promises not to invite you to a Drenge concert”. The report went for £100, paid by Ken Livingstone’s old pal Nicky Gavron. Worst party ever…

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Watson Endorses Wee Dougie

First Labour Uncut pulled its piece alleging Tommo plotted to get Douglas Alexander deselected in Paisley, after heavy pressure from Unite’s learned friends. The Guardian have not withdrawn the allegation though. Now all of a sudden Watson is backing Wee Dougie to be his successor:

“Douglas is our most experienced front line strategist. He has worked for both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and is the natural choice to take forward Labour’s positive message to rebuild our country after the 2015 election. It’s obviously not my choice who Ed chooses replace me but if it was Douglas, he would have my full support. There are millions of people wanting Labour to win the next general election. A unified labour party is an essential component of our plan. I want party members on the ground to be in no doubt that in Westminster, we are completely unified in our desire to win for them in the Euro elections in 2014 and the general election in 2015. Douglas, with his characteristic humility and razor sharp mind can refocus the campaign on the issues that matter to people facing a huge fall in living standards.”

Of course he is…

Via @labourlist

Monday, July 8, 2013

Drenge Turn on Watson

Poor Tom Watson. His oh so funny resignation letter has upset the cool kids. Drenge, the band he name-checked as part of the wider diversion tactic over the real reasons he was quitting, have hit back:

“I’m not totally overjoyed that it happened but at the same time I don’t really care. I’m glad he’s a fan and that other people have discovered us through it. We’ve kind of been shown to a load of people who don’t really care which is fine. I’d rather that we hadn’t and people had discovered us in their own way rather than through a news story.”

Watson should stick to the day job… Oh wait.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Karie Murphy Suspended From Labour Party

karieKarie Murphy, Tom Watson’s office manager who also happens to have been Len McCluskey’s girlfriend, has been suspended along with Labour member Stephen Deans over Falkirk. Labour has also banned unions from paying new members’ subs. Developing…

Via @tnewtondunn

UPDATE:


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Kevin Maguire on the less than electrifying Ed Miliband…

“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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