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Wednesday 24 October 2012

Guido Fawked – Tom Watson Howler

[Update at end of post]

A particularly crass howler has been committed this afternoon by the rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, so eager have they been to lay into Labour MP for West Bromwich East Tom Watson. Watson has committed the heinous sin of going after their beloved Rupe and his less than principled troops over Phonehackgate, and so every opportunity is taken to kick him.

Alex wrote it cos I was in the pub, oh shit no, the toilet. Yeah, the pub toilet, no, sod it, the office toilet. Pissing out all that beer, oh bollocks no, wine, shit, no, tea. Yeah, tea. And vodka. Oh sod it

Watson intervened at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today on the subject of alleged paedophile activity. His point was that, on the fringes of a known paedophile ring which involved a man called Peter Righton, there was another child abuser who “boasted of a key aide to a former Prime Minister who could help get hold of indecent images of children”. He did not name the aide today.

The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines, always on the lookout for anything that might enable him to put one over on Watson, got his newly appointed teaboy Alex Wickham to cobble together a post alleging that Watson’s news was not new, and had been (a) already covered in the Murdoch Sunday Times last weekend, and had (b) been exposed by a former Tory MP, Edwina Currie.

This showed that the Tories, Staines’ favoured political player from the major parties, were the good guys as they had beaten the rotten lefties to it. Moreover, the story had come out in the part of the press that those rotten lefties are trying to do down via the Leveson Inquiry, although how this can happen, when that Inquiry was set up by Young Dave, is not told.

But, to quote Blackadder Goes Forth, there was only one problem with this: it was bollocks. Watson was way ahead of the Fawkes folks, which nowadays does not seem to take much doing. The Sunday Times story was about Peter Morrison, who was briefly Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, and who allegedly went cruising regularly around the Sussex Gardens area.

However, and this is the critical however in the story, Watson has stated firmly “I am not naming the person for obvious reasons but for clarity it is not former MP, Peter Morrison. This afternoon my office has been bombarded with calls regarding Morrison, I think because he was named by Edwina Currie at the weekend as having inappropriate sexual relations with teenage boys”.

So not only is the Fawkes blog wrong (again), they don’t even get a name check from Tom Watson, although they are more than likely the source of at least some of those calls his office has been getting. And Watson hasn’t alleged a “Westminster Paedophile Ring” – he’s talking about one individual. Never mind though, it no doubt kept Staines’ latest gofer occupied for half an hour. Better than making a brew.

But as I keep saying, no research, no result. Another fine mess, once again.

[UPDATE 25 October 1140 hours: the Fawkes blog later added an update to its post, admitting that Tom Watson had not been referring to Peter Morrison, and quoting his blog. By sheer coincidence, the quote that they give is exactly the same one given above, not that the Fawkes rabble ever look in on Zelo Street, you understand. Not much]

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