And Mr Watson hasn’t executed his attack very well. Perhaps he knows he’s on unstable ground?
His comment, quoted below, was “everyone in our party must be free to express their opinion and be heard respectfully without fear of being shouted down”.
Is it respectful to label new members with the derisory title of “Trots”?
Only a matter of days ago, Labour members were being told to keep their language respectful when referring to fellow members whose opinions were different.
Tom Watson is a member of the Labour Party, isn’t he?
So why does he think this directive isn’t relevant to him?
Getting onto the substantive issue, why hasn’t Mr Watson responded to the claim that he is “peddling baseless conspiracy theories”?
Does he have a scrap of evidence to support his claim of Trotskyite entryists influencing younger members?
If so, let’s see it. If not, let’s have an apology.
A spokesperson for the Labour leader yesterday accused Mr Watson of “patronising members” after the deputy leader told the Guardian “Trotsky entryists” were manipulating younger supporters of the pro-Corbyn Momentum group.
The spokesperson said Mr Watson was “peddling baseless conspiracy theories” and also blamed him for Labour’s decision to appeal a court ruling about the rules of the leadership election.
Mr Watson has now challenged Mr McDonnell, who is chairing Mr Corbyn’s re-election campaign, to distance himself from the incendiary attack.
“John McDonnell has consistently made it clear that everyone in our party must be free to express their opinion and be heard respectfully without fear of being shouted down, which is why I simply don’t believe he approved these intemperate words from Jeremy’s campaign.”
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