Tom Watson MP
The right-wing press detests Watson with a vengeance: he has been in the vanguard of attacks on the use by several titles of the so-called “Dark Arts”, and has been a relentless critic of the Murdoch empire, famously - and rightly - comparing it to a Mafia organisation during his interrogation of Murdoch Junior at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee. The press doesn’t want him in a position of power.
On the day that the report of the Leveson Inquiry was published, Tom Watson was scheduled to speak at an event for students of Journalism at the University of Huddersfield.
I was fully expecting him to cancel his appearance as I knew he would be in great demand by the media. I was extremely surprised and pleased to see that he didn't cancel his appearance and attended as scheduled.
At the end of the event I asked him why he still appeared. He told me that it was not in his nature to cancel events that he had already committed to. Instead, he had told all media that he would not be available that day.
What I see from this is a person of total integrity, not the individual as portrayed by some areas of the press.
It should be taken as read that any journalist who says or writes "I'm not accusing X of anything..." or "While I hold no torch for Y...", one should assume that yes they bloody are.
I recall the campaign against NoTW was launched by bloggers and concerned members of general public - but it was aimed at their advertisers. Effectively - if you advertise with the Screws, we will boycott you. A slew of big companies very quickly withdrew their advertising. This co-incided, it later transpired during court hearings, that the Sun on Sunday plans were being put in place as it was recognised inside News UK that the Screws was a toxic paper and needed to be closed and replaced. For anyone to claim an MP campaigned to close it, they need their head examining...
"But it is a fact that Mr Watson is a Labour politician whose actions have contributed to public suspicions (thus far unproven) that senior Conservatives committed or condoned child abuse. "
So he was not responsible for the suspicions cast in a similar manner to Labour politicians? This not a party political matter at all - Zac Goldsmith, a Tory MP, has also been involved and was shown in the film shown on Australian TV @60mins. Possible criminal actions are being investigated and politicians from ALL the major parties are or have been potentially involved. Witness the action against Lord Janner and the apparent concerted action (behind the scenes deals being done?) to have the case dismissed because of the defendents apparent dementia. Anyone who is interested in the real atate of these matters should be reading ExaroNews who are way ahead of the rest of the media who are dead scared to touch it.
I believe Tom Watson is one of our better politicians who is more in touch with the general public than most - he should be applauded not denigrated for his courageous work in this field given he was going to upset a lot of vested interests.
I thought this geezer was the twin of Simon Danczuk. They both like to salivate over tracking down dead 'paedos' in high places, invariably without much in the way of real evidence, it seems to me.
@ Mr Voxpopper
"invariably without much in the way of real evidence"
And you have real evidence for your "seeming"? You sound like a Guido Fawkes wannabee or Rebekah Vindictive Brooks fan, but then again I have no evidence of that either.
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