Watson – the smug assassin

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We can’t have members exercising their rights. They’ll be calling for my removal as deputy leader next.

Tom Watson appeared on the Andrew Marr show exuding the self-satisfaction of one who knows he is supported by the establishment in his hostility to the principles Jeremy Corbyn espouses, and to Party members who attempt to apply basic democratic procedures.
He attacked the good members of Wavertree Labour Party with a reckless abandon straight from the witch-hunting school of the crazed US senator Joe McCarthy, which bequeathed the word ‘McCarthyism’ to the English dictionary. The definition of McCarthyism is ‘the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means ‘the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.’
He invoked the vile attacks on Ms Berger by fascist thugs who were jailed for their criminal activities, as he did the murder of Joe Cox by a far-right fanatic and, by implication, linked these monstrosities to the stance of Wavertree Party members, frequently interspersing the word ‘bullying’ or ‘bullied’. Watson, the arch-bully, failed to mention that Wavertree members condemned these racist attacks and had frequently physically demonstrated against them.
Wavertree members might consider seeking legal advice regarding taking action against Watson for his accusations.
It was good to see them hit back with the statement ‘We strongly reject the media inaccuracies and the accusations of political bullying, for simply adhering to party rules and doing our jobs. Furthermore, we as an executive have always and continue now to express total solidarity with Luciana as a victim of misogyny and of antisemitism – coming mostly from the far right. Our chair is himself Jewish and the suggestion that the CLP executive is in any way a party to bullying and antisemitism is a false and slanderous accusation.’
All honest and decent Party members will support them in standing firm and not be deflected from a course of action which is consistent with the finest democratic traditions of the Liverpool labour movement which held sway before Kinnock paved the way for the Blairisation of Labour.
Watson clarified his proposed call for action against Wavertree by saying he wanted its suspension not closure. These days, is there a difference?
In Watson’s world this attack is a method of sending a message to all Corbyn-supporting party branches that he and his cohorts will not brook any attempt to remove the 172 Blairite MPs who are desperate to be re-elected to what they consider is a job for life, so they can continue to sabotage the socialist aspirations of a Corbyn-led government and who will, no doubt, brief against Corbyn during the election campaign itself.
I’d like to see my old mate Lennie McCluskey make a public statement condemning Watson, and defending the right, indeed the responsibility, of party organsiations to hold their MPs to account.
Again, the urgent need for the launch of trigger ballots in all Party organisations is given emphasis by this performance of Watson and the forces which stand behind him.

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