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Looking over his shoulder: Tom Watson will need to watch his back for as long as he continues trying to stab other people in theirs.

So now the agitators in the Labour Party are targeting new general secretary Jennie Formby.

It is surprising that deputy party leader Tom Watson has chosen to be the spokesman for this attack, considering his own record.

It is hard to take complaints seriously, about a woman who has been in her role for half a year, when they come from a man who has held his own job for three years and done nothing with it other than plot against his party leader and go on subsidised junkets to music festivals. (Glastonbury, anyone?)

Labour’s problem with anti-Semitism would disappear if the party would only stop taking Mr Watson and his friends at their word and start taking a serious interest in their own behaviour. They are the people who are stoking the anti-Semitism row, after all.

We already know Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan faked an accusation of anti-Semitism against a fellow party member who supports the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (now, why on Earth would she want to do that?) and there is no reason to believe she was the only one acting in this manner.

So the operative question, whenever a story like this rears its ugly head in the media, is: When will Labour investigate this person?

Here‘s the story, as published in The Guardian:

Tom Watson has suggested Labour’s general secretary should quit if trust in the party’s ability to deal with antisemitism has not been restored by Christmas.

The deputy Labour leader said Jennie Formby, who joined from the trade union Unite in April, had “staked her career on dealing with antisemitism in our party”, and the Labour leadership was taking the matter very seriously.

“We should have dealt with it earlier. We have hired a new general secretary who has staked her career on dealing with antisemitism in our party,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Wednesday.

“She has been in post for three or four months. If I come here again at Christmas and she has not dealt with it then you may be asking me why she is still in post.”

And here are a couple of reactions from the level heads on the social media:

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