Video: a tale of two Toms – Watson’s five-day about-face on May’s Brexit deal

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Labour deputy leader Tom Watson

They say a week is a long time in politics. It seems five days is a very long time in the life of politician Tom Watson.

Just last Tuesday, Watson – along with a number of other Labour ‘moderates’ – enraged many Labour supporters by telling the BBC that he thought Labour’s job was to prevent Theresa May’s government from collapsing – an outrageous idea when so many people are suffering and even dying under the policies of a callous and cowardly Tory regime – and seemed to suggest that Labour should prop her up by supporting her half-baked Brexit deal.

This morning, Watson appeared on Sky News and sounded like an entirely different person:


Watson told Sky’s Sophie Ridge that May’s deal is, well –  half-baked – as well as not good enough and he agreed with the ministers who resigned last week that May’s deal is ‘unworkable’, as well as underlining how it would be bad for British workers. He sounded like a Labour politician.

Has someone had a firm word in his ear, or has the outrage from Labour members and supporters persuaded him his initial stance wasn’t going to work out well?

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  1. That’s our Tom. getting ready with the knife again, then realising he had mistimed things

  2. Peter Mandelson has clearly called his ‘troops’ back … presumably, in readiness for the next phase of preventing a Corbyn govt.

  3. All Watson had to say originally was ” May should step aside and take her useless Govt with her , making way for a Labour Govt who can deliver the best Brexit for the UK ” .
    Its what JC has been saying for the last 2 years so you’d think he’d have the odd inkling of what would be the correct thing to say.
    it’s time for him to step aside and make way for a true socialist deputy leader of Labour

  4. It’s alarming how his new slimmed down look, appears to makes him fit right into a USA style propaganda unit. Just saying.

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