Tom Watson's resignation heralds dark times for Miliband

Tom Watson's resignation following Dan Hodges' suggestion of his removal proves that Labour's leader is at a Rubicon moment

Tom Watson, now resigned
Jonathan Bracey Gibbon
On 5 July 2013 11:25

Ah well, pride indeed comes before a fall. 

And ever since he managed to oust Blair and take on Murdoch, no pride has been more public, or insufferable, than that of the taxpayer's diner, Tom 'propa blogga' Watson. (© the charmless Cameron 'satirist', Sion Simon - ex MP) 

It is hard to recall a more unpleasant, self-serving coterie of politicians than 'makeover Tom' and his acolytes. 

As a rule of thumb, one should always be seriously concerned about politicians, MP's in particular, who block you on Twitter merely for disagreeing with them. Only two MPs have done that in my experience, George Galloway, obviously, and Tom Watson. Odd behaviour from Labour’s titan of social media.

Prancing around Glastonbury last weekend, arm in arm with professional Communist and Islamism's friend, Owen Jones, Watson clearly knew the die was cast. His bonkers letter of resignation to Miliband clearly reveals the fact.

But that Watson's resignation comes days after Blairite Telegraph blogger, Dan Hodges, openly called for his removal suggests Miliband is at a Rubicon moment.

The red-in-hue poisoned chalice that enabled him to snatch the leadership from his brother has become just that. And Ed now looks dead in the water unless he can reinvent himself as the leader to make ‘Labour electable’. Again.

As such, there is more than a whiff of nostalgia about the Labour Party meltdown. If now, Miliband is Neil Kinnock, then Unite's Len McKluskey is shaping up to be a Degsy Hatton de nos jours. 

Only Militant didn't have key figures on the Labour front bench on the payroll. Or rather, not that we knew about.

In the same week that symbol of capitalism, Formula One, finds itself under the threat from industrial action from its drivers over tyre integrity – a rare instance in which your correspondent finds himself ‘supporting members actions’ - it is indeed ironic that Labour is faced with a union problem, or a ‘Unite’ problem, which could define its future.

Ever one with a sense of history, Cameron went for the kill at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday and Watson's (perfectly) rolling head - barely hours after the Murdoch leaks ‘scandal’ - shows just how below the waterline Miliband's leadership really is. 

So if this act casts Ed as Kinnock, question is, who is the new Mandleson, the new Blair? 

Over to Mystic Dan.

Jonathan Bracey-Gibbon is a freelance journalist who over the past 15 years has written for The Times, the Financial Times, The Sunday Times and Sunday Express

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