Watson publishes ‘fake news’ inquiry terms. Will he answer these questions?

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has published the ‘terms of reference’ of his ‘inquiry’ into so-called ‘fake news. This deeply-problematic exercise is being run by Michael Dugher, a right-wing Labour MP who has written anti-Corbyn articles in The Sun and the Daily Mail, two of the worst purveyors of misleading or simply invented ‘news’.

A Merseyside Labour member has challenged Watson to answer 5 simple, but brilliantly incisive, questions. Watson’s answers to these questions – or his failure to respond – will show whether this ‘inquiry’ has anything to do with a genuine concern for promoting good information or is simply, as it has appeared so far, a farcical vehicle for attacking ‘inconvenient’ independent sources of news that reveal perspectives Watson and his allies would prefer to keep out of the public view.

Here are the five questions:



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  1. Don’t hold your breath. Will those like Iain McNicholl and co either resign, Apologise to those suspended for no reason. Return the money to those robbed of a vote? Will they thank Jeremy Corbyn for saving the party from financial ruin. No I don’t think so either

  2. My issue would be a mainstream one that was “fake covered” by virtually all UK newspapers and followed by a ringing endorsement in the shape of an IPSO refusal to accept that there were inaccuracies. It”s the Angela Eagle “bricked office window” that was in truth a shared stairwell.

    I could take it to Watson on Twitter but he blocked me when I pointed out proven Labour council disabled abuse when £736,756.97 was plundered from personal bank acounts over a 9 year period.

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