Oh dear. It seems Labour deputy leader Tom Watson doesn’t like me any more.
I went looking for the tweet he made in response to the #ResignWatson Twitter storm and found this on his page: “You are blocked from following @tom_watson and viewing @tom_watson‘s Tweets.” I doubt I am the only one newly seeing that announcement today.
It seems he has seen my article on his blackmailing ultimatum to Jeremy Corbyn and, rather than attempting to engage with it in any meaningful way, he has decided to block out any further contact with me and/or my articles. How immature.
So, for his response to the Twitterstorm, let’s go to The Independent:
Tom Watson has hit out at a social media campaign to oust him as Labour’s deputy leader following his warning the party faced a “vortex of eternal shame” unless it resolved an escalating row over antisemitism.
Thousands of Twitter users – supportive of Mr Corbyn – mounted a “resignwatson” hashtag, used to direct demands for his resignation.
Responding to the criticism, Mr Watson posted: “It sometimes feels like people have been calling for me to stand down from day one but I never, ever thought I’d be facing demands to #resignwatson for standing up for people who are facing prejudice and hate.”
That’s a unique way of looking at it – by which I mean it didn’t get him anywhere.
Ruth Jenner, on Facebook, explains why: “Well, Tom Watson, that’s because you’re NOT “standing up for people who are facing prejudice and hate“ … that’s what Corbyn is doing and has done for his entire political career. You, on the other hand, are simply doing the dirty for your Israeli state-favouring donors…”
Israel-supporting donors? That may seem libellous – but she posted up the information to support her claim:
Paul Sheppard followed up this information with this pertinent point: “Exactly. He’s being asked to resign for accepting money from people representing a racist state and undermining the Labour Party.
“If you want to stand up against prejudice and hate, get behind Corbyn and condemn Israel for its crimes against humanity”
Addressing his words to Mr Watson (who was unlikely to read them), Graeme Braisby wrote: “You aren’t standing up for the oppressed and the distressed, you’re standing up for an apartheid state, a state who oppresses the Palestinians daily, a state who ignores UN resolutions and doesn’t face sanctions for it, where is the international outrage that other countries face for far less, what are the super powers doing about the Israelis nuclear weapons? Iran and North Korea are both being hounded about theirs, but not Israel? I suppose its not what you know, its who you know! Or who you can pay for… Over to you Tom Watson.”
Paul Robson summed it up: “Tom Watson isn’t standing up to prejudice. He’s actually getting paid,( about 50 thousand) to speak on behalf of the friends of Israel.
This isn’t a act of a decent compassionate man, and it’s totally obvious.”
You can read the Facebook thread here.
In the light of the evidence, I agree with the comments above – but then, I never thought Mr Watson was standing up for people facing prejudice and hate.
He was standing up for his pro-Israel paymasters. Now that is in the open, he must resign immediately – or be sacked.
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