Tom Watson is the MP who led the plotters putsch that was the prelude to getting rid of Blair – his reward is to now be ensconced in Downing Street. There he spends his time briefing, with a breathtaking level of mendacity, against any who dare to threaten Brown. He is intensely proud of his reputation as a loyalist enforcer. If only he knew that Tory strategists cheerfully toast Watson’s name in thanks for his part in getting rid of the thrice-election-winning Blair and replacing him with the voter repelling Brown.
Watson also had a hand in the brutal briefing against Stephen Carter, who was brought in to bring some light into the bunker after the disastrous election that never was debacle. The dark arts were wielded against Carter and he was successfully turfed out of Downing Street within a year by the jealous old guard in the Brown bunker.
Watson is now the Minister for Digital Engagement – he is a Twitterer and blogger too. It is from his blog we learn that he has been reading Mudslingers: The Twenty-five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time. The blurb says “the political historian who is intrigued by the down right nasty will be interested in Mudslingers” – that would be Watson alright.
If you want an indication of what kind of electoral strategy they are planning in the Brown bunker, here is clear evidence. The general election is going to make Crewe and Nantwich look like a schoolgirl’s playground fight. They are intent on a dirty, smear filled, personalised, negative, divisive political campaign that will reach a new low in British politics. Look at the people who are at the heart of the Brown bunker – brutal, malevolent, mendacious unpleasant-to-the-core people like Tom Watson, Ian Austin, Nick Brown and Damian McBride. They have no coherent positive strategy, they only have political poison to offer. It won’t work…