Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wilfully Blind Watson

Tom Watson could hardly have chosen a more unfortunate moment to launch a heart-rending defence of one of his cabal. The Sun has a recording of Watson taking to the stage with comedian Matt Forde to stick up for his close personal friend and staff member Karie Murphy:

20131113-100659.jpg“Bizarrely to me, he decided to report my office manager to the police for potential fraud. And I thought, ‘are you f…’ I nearly swore there, ‘are you joking?’ She’s running for selection, she’s not robbing a bank. I felt I had a duty of care so I spent a couple of weeks really drilling down into the detail, and when I did I realised the allegations against my staff member and another member of the party were total bullshit. Her reputation had been totally destroyed. An injustice was done to those people. It’s amazing how my own leader can be so wrong. But he was. It’s hard for me to say this, but Ed just got it wrong on Falkirk. He was given information, or a report, that was inaccurate and omitted some key facts, and took judgements that really harmed the individuals involved in a grotesque way. I suspect privately he is a little bit embarrassed about it.”

Talking of embarrassment, by coincidence today’s Times has some rather awkward Falkirk emails revealing Labour’s dodgy recruitment deal with Unite, written by one Karie Murphy:

“I will personally collect their direct-debit details once we have given them a reason to support the Labour Party. I will do this after the selection process, this is what Lennie [McCluskey] agreed with the Labour Party GS [McNicol]”

“It’s amazing how he can be so wrong…”

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

When Tom Watson Used the Screws to Do Over Enemies

There’s a gentle slap for Tom Watson in McBride’s book. Discussing the 2007 Ealing by-election which was turned into a total cluster for the Tories after it was revealed their candidate Tony Lit was photographed with Tony Blair and gave a donation to the party, McBride explains how he got the story out there:

“I managed to get that photo onto almost every broadsheet front page and on page 2 of every tabloid. That said, given later events, it’s interesting to note that Tom and I almost fell out over the distribution of the photo, since he thought it should be an exclusive for the News of the World.”

He keeps quiet about his close relationship with the newspaper’s political editor these days…

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Awkward Tom Watson Cultural References

Proppa blogga Tom Watson loves a cultural reference, so you might have thought he would have been a bit more careful when choosing a title for his latest post this morning. “Unity is strength” are the jarring words that adorn the top of his website. Well, as you can see above, an adaptation of that slogan was used by Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists for starters. Not to mention “Strength Through Unity” being the slogan used by the fascist government in V For Vendetta. “Unity is Strength” was also the motto of the fascist party in Doctor Who. Those old leftist slogans always sounded sinister…

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:

https://twitter.com/markatextor/status/372105641499705344

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

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…


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How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week
Let’s Ban the Word Internet | Padraig Reidy
Are the Broadcasters Ready For the Election? | Specccie
Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne


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“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



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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