Let it never be said that romance is dead…
Let it never be said that romance is dead…
Campaigning Tory MP Rob Wilson has written to Tom Watson cautioning him to substantiate allegations before making them public:
Watson is always banging on about not getting replies. Lets see how he deals with this one…
A Labour source whispers to Guido that Tom Watson is this week planning to attack William Hague over his handling of the North Wales child abuse scandal. Hague set up the Waterhouse Inquiry in 1996 when he was Welsh Secretary under John Major. The report eventually found no evidence of a paedophile ring in North Wales care homes, despite the testimony of hundreds of victims. Downing Street are this afternoon attempting to pre-empt the Watson strike by revisiting the Inquiry:
“Child abuse is a hateful crime. A senior figure will lead an independent investigation of claims of care home abuse in Wales, and will report urgently.”
No. 10 are said to be looking for a judge…
UPDATE: Watson has written to the Prime Minister alleging “a concerted establishment cover-up”.
Computer nerd Tom Watson’s online username is ‘BaggyMP’. Here is his Flickr account, his FriendFeed account, his online university account, and his Last.fm profile. All with the distinctive username “BaggyMP”.
There is an eBay account which coincidentally also uses the name BaggyMP. There is no suggestion Mr Watson used this account to access eBay. Guido doesn’t know for sure – unlike those internet accounts above the eBay account doesn’t provide a real name. Most of the purchases are pretty boring; musical instruments and toys for the owner’s kids etc. Except one. On February 13, 2005, “BaggyMP” left feedback for an online sex shop called Love Erotic that specialises in bondage gear and products like “male enhancer cream”. Apparently BaggyMP was delighted with his or her buy, commenting: “a very nice and unusual acquisition, thank you”. Whomever the eBay BaggyMP is, Guido hopes they had a happy Valentine’s Day…
Taking time out from listening to his £467 stereo paid for on expenses, Labour’s Corby campaign manager Ian Austin has been following orders word for word from his Brownite boot-boy flatmate Tom Watson. Back in August Guido revealed how Watson had ordered his Corby campaign team to brief that they expected to lose Louise Mensch’s old seat, despite being dead-cert favourites. Despite Lord Ashcroft’s comprehensive polling calling the result for Labour already, the Austin spin-machine is in overdrive:
“No one should be under any illusions: we lost this seat in 2010, and winning it back will be a really tough challenge…The truth is that we lost this bell-weather constituency in 2010. Winning it back will be a really tough fight for us and we are not taking anything for granted.”
Not only that, but Austin implies that Corby constituents outside the town itself will be harder to win round. Because they’re rich:
“Corby is the main town but half the voters live in places like Rockingham, Oundle, Irthlingborough and Raunds: picture-postcard market towns and rural villages dotted across East Northamptonshire. Average incomes in these areas are higher than Mid-Sussex and on a par with places like East Hampshire, Woking and West Berkshire.”
Not very One Nation of you, Ian…
The Culture, Media and Sport select committee will give BBC director general George Entwistle the most humble day of his life next Tuesday, the day before the elections to fill it with new faces. With the three promotions and a by-election, four vacancies have opened up. Ben Bradshaw , the shunned former Culture Secretary, has replaced Tom Watson on the Labour side. Meanwhile the Tories who have publicly declared are:
Being the most famous select committee, CMS provides a major opportunity for some grandstanding. Guido hears there are eight Tories in the running to fill their three spaces, but CCHQ don’t have a complete list and nor do DCMS…
Sometimes Guido likes to do his bit as a public service by bringing matters of interest to the attention of the relevant authorities. Yesterday Labour councillor Chris Vobe was suspended after a police investigation was launched into the alleged hacking of his colleagues’ email accounts. Vobe is the son of Labour MP Helen Jones, he’s very much a mummy’s boy. Of course hacking crusader Tom Watson will want to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible…
Tom Watson has had a busy afternoon. Instead of coordinating Labour’s by-election in Corby, or listening to his Deputy Leader address conference, or playing on his beloved X-box, he has been phoning editors of esteemed British periodicals.
Both Gareth Morgan of the Daily Star Sunday and Fraser Nelson of the Spectator were contacted this afternoon by a whining Watson, complaining about a deliberately misconstrued Tweet from one of their contributors.
When it was pointed out that perhaps it would be more appropriate to talk to the Tweeter in question directly, Watson declared that he would not, preferring to try have him silenced by higher powers.
Tom should spend less time worrying about Neo-Guido’s job and more time about his own…
Guido has noted with interest how campaigning hero Tom Watson has yet to call an inquiry into the BBC over Jimmy Savile. To be fair to Tommo, he has been busy enjoying Manchester’s nightlife over the last few days. Last night he was spinning the discs in the Sandinistas bar, treating party-goers to some Jackson Five. Looks like the whole Labour campaign chief thing is as easy as ABC…
Tom Watson managed to escape his own gate-gate moment when he tried to bust a young blonde into Labour’s conference hotel without credentials late last night. Although there is is no official police control around the Midland Hotel, stewards were having none of it, not even for the Party’s Deputy Chairman. Managing to show some restraint in light of recent pleb-related outbursts, Watson was left apologising to his young friend and promptly abandoning her. At least he can’t blame how this one ended on the Murdochs…
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The Belgravia Gallery reports:
“Having been asked by Nelson Mandela’s art publisher to represent his work,drawings mainly of Robben Island, we had the privilege of spending a morning with Mandela when he was signing the lithographs at his home in Johannesburg in December 2002. He delighted us with stories about a number of well known British personalities over the years when he was president. Perhaps the most surprising was his description of Margaret Thatcher as “Motherly” and he remembered how she had poured him tea and they had discussed various ailments and how after he returned home, she had sent him herbal remedies.”