Tom Watson has given an interview, published in today’s Observer, attacking the Labour Party’s response to antisemitism, in which he claims that the party will be unfit for government if the antisemitism narrative continues – though of course, in giving that interview, he is perpetuating the narrative.
So you’d think that, when the issue of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Association) working definition of antisemitism and Labour’s new Code of Conduct was discussed by Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) last month, Watson would have made sure he was in the room to put his views across.
But that was not the case. All the NEC’s other MP members were present for the meeting, as they all had to be at Parliament that day anyway for an important vote carrying the maximum ‘three-line whip’ .
Tom Watson was the only one absent.
Watson dialled in for the discussion and spoke in favour of the examples – but did not attempt to force a vote and in the infamous leaked audio of Peter Willsman’s misrepresented comments during the meeting Watson cannot be heard on the tape interjecting or confronting Willsman’s supposedly antisemitic comments.
The SKWAWKBOX asked Tom Watson:
Planning an article about your non-attendance and relative non-participation in the recent NEC meeting, in light of your ‘eternal shame’ piece in the Guardian. Every other Labour MP was present as there was a 3-line whip vote. Please provide answers/comment:
- Why were you absent when you must have been on site for the whipped vote?
- You spoke in favour of adopting the examples but didn’t oppose the consensus or try to push anything to a vote – why?
- You accused Peter Willsman of being a bully and said he ‘disgusts’ you. Why didn’t you challenge his comments at the time when you were dialled in?
He has so far failed to respond.
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