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

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

Seen Elsewhere

Ed Balls’ Speech Was Pointless | Dan Hodges
Media Movements: James Lyons to Sunday Times | Media Guido
Rebekah Brooks in Line for £7 Million Payout | Times
A Different Sort of Class War | Telegraph
Labour Candidate’s Links to Ex-BNP Member | Breitbart
McVey Dodges White Dee Debate | Speccie
Labour Candidate: Churchill Was a White Supremacist | Mail
LibDems Stand By Disgraced Sex Offender-Linked Mayor | MK
Has Carol Mills Given Up on Westminster? | Canberra Times
Labour Consider Banning Uber | Asa Bennett
Did LibDems Make Up Hancock Disciplinary Meeting? | Scrapbook


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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