Tom Watson on alleged hard left infiltration of the party: ‘It’s not a conspiracy theory … it’s a fact.’ Except it wasn't. It was a lie [Image: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images].

Tom Watson on alleged hard left infiltration of the party: ‘It’s not a conspiracy theory … it’s a fact.’ Except it wasn’t. It was a lie [Image: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images].

Someone really should have told Tom Watson: If you’re going to try to trick people into believing a lie, try not to be obvious about it.

I know; it probably wouldn’t have done any good. And besides, if this latest display of ineptitude in the so-called ‘Chicken Coup’ being ham-fistedly fumbled by right-wing members of the Labour Party had not been easy to expose, we would all have been deprived of a bit of a giggle.

That’s right, Tom Watson. I’ve been laughing at you.

See, you know that letter you sent Jeremy Corbyn, with evidence on “Trotskyist” infiltration of Labour?

It turns out you cribbed it all from the right-wing think tank Progress.

They, in turn, cribbed it from a book by Michael Crick on 80s Labour infiltrators Militant.

Here’s your letter:

160810 Watson letter

But everyone can see you’ve taken the information from this Progress website. All they have to do is visit the page.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Militant was an organisation that infiltrated Labour back in – if I remember right – the 1980s.

Mr Corbyn’s opponents have been making claims that he is trying to take Labour back to the way it was in the 1980s, as is well-documented.

Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that you are trying to do that?

Labour’s civil war entered a bitter new phase with Jeremy Corbyn and his deputy Tom Watson locked in a public spat about whether the party risks being taken over by hard left activists driven out in the 1980s.

Watson sent the leader’s office a four-page document, based on publicly available information, detailing what he said was evidence that Trotskyists had been attending meetings of grassroots pro-Corbyn Momentum pressure group and seeking to influence the Labour leadership election.

He claimed some of the individuals involved were members of other parties, including the Socialist party, the successor to Militant, whose members were expelled from the Labour party by Neil Kinnock.

The evidence included reports from the Socialist party’s website of its members addressing Momentum rallies and tweets from an activist expelled from Labour earlier this year who appeared to be running phone banks backing Corbyn in the leadership race.

Watson’s letter was a riposte to the accusation made on Tuesday by Corbyn’s campaign that he was “peddling conspiracy theories” after he said in a Guardian interview that Labour was at risk from “Trotskyist entryists”.

Watson wrote: “It’s not a conspiracy theory to say that members of these organisations are joining Labour. It’s a fact.”

Source: Tom Watson sends Corbyn ‘proof of Trotskyist Labour infiltration’ | Politics | The Guardian


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