Am I alone in thinking that Tom Watson's* latest post on the Conservative Candidate in Ealing Southall is, well, borderline racist? It's also complete rubbish. He's no raising a canard about Tony Lit's directorships being registered at different addresses. Big ****ing deal. Mine probably are/were too. Ooooh. Big conspiracy. And maybe I may have registered one in the name of Iain Dale and one in the name of Iain Campbell** Dale. Obviously I am a criminal.
Mr Watson's lawyers may have some extra communication tomorrow I suspect. What a prize arse he is making of himself.
*Tom Watson is the Labour MP for West Bromwich. He is "masterminding" the Labour by-election campaign. As someone has said in the comments... "Does 'Tom Watson' also go by the name 'Thomas Anthony Watson'?Did he live in Kidderminster, Hull and various other places before becoming MP for West Brom?I think we should be told."
**Yes, it's my middle name.
And here's a response which a reader has emailed which hasn't yet appeared on Tom Watson's blog....
I think you’re digging yourself a bigger hole here and need to back out fast. The content of your first post was that the Conservative candidate Tony Lit was not registered to vote. Now you seem to be backtracking by using the exact name “Tony Lit” where-as before you were intimating that the candidate was not registered. The different pseudonyms that Tony uses in his different business directorships is a red herring. Many professional people use different names for different purposes. For example, my wife’s name is Gayle Ould but she publishes academic papers under the title Dr Gayle Ritchie. This is because she published before we got married and now after changing her surname she doesn’t want to confuse people. If someone was to challenge her and say, “Dr Gayle Ould” has never published an academic paper”, then you would be incorrect. This is exactly the same situation with Tony Lit. The use of a different name is irrelevant - the candidate Tony Lit is registered to vote (in the same way that the candidate “Tony Blair” at the last election was registered as “Anthony Blair” - different name but same person) and you need to back down gracefully. Just admit you were wrong - we all make mistakes from time to time.