What have Murdoch, Watson in common? They both stand squarely behind Coyne

The SKWAWKBOX

One remarkable aspect of the contest for the position of General Secretary of Unite has been in the bedfellows it has created on the side of the challenger, Gerard Coyne.

Tom Watson is well known for his prominence in the campaign to hold media baron Rupert Murdoch to account for his newspapers’ involvement in the phone-hacking scandal. It’s the one area in which even the majority of Labour members who now hold him in contempt for his behaviour toward the party’s leader would give him credit. But that now looks likely to evaporate.

Watson stands squarely behind Coyne’s candidacy, even putting himself out on a limb with a ridiculous attempt to smear Momentum and Jon Lansman – and Coyne’s rival Len McCluskey by association – for campaign organising that mirrors exactly the plans of Watson’s friends in Labour First.

It earned him a humiliating slap-down by Unite for interfering in the…

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