Tom Watson MP
As Zelo Street regulars will be aware by now, the Times and Sunday Times long ago ceased to be papers of record: gone are the days of campaigning journalism and holding power to account - bar the occasional flicker of the flame over FIFA - and instead, the titles are just another tool in the box for the Murdoch attack poodles. The target of the latest attack is West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson.
Do go on. “Whatever his more alarmist claims, Mr Watson contributed to the exposure of unacceptably intrusive behaviour among some elements of the press … his commitment to making Government-held data more accessible to private citizens is admirable … The existence of dogged maverick backbenchers … is a vital component of British democracy”. And then it comes: “But it is on those backbenches … that Mr Watson should remain”.
As Sir Sean nearly said, I think we got the point. But one word, despite the brief mention of Watson’s work on press misbehaviour, has not made it into the editorial, and that word is Leveson. Two months ago, he Tweeted “I'm setting up the Labour Campaign for Leveson - for after the election”. Watson gave the second Leveson lecture last December, an event organised by the campaigning group Hacked Off.