This internal conflict has been going on for years now within Labour. The problem is Watson and his faction only now have criticism and smears to offer. Even to the point of deliberately briefing against Labour in the last general election and continuing in that vein ever since. This is stopping the party working fully on opposing the government and directly impacting the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable Labour was formed to represent. Watson would not survive a leadership contest and should have followed the example set by Cooper, Benn etc. who are doing the difficult, tough work real politics is about.So now the recriminations and infighting begin.
Corbyn instead of saying what he wants to do to put things right decided to go on the attack saying the Panorama people came along with "predetermined position" before the programme was aired and it contained "many inaccuracies". He spouts the same old, same old guff “Antisemitism is a poison, it is vile, it is wrong,” and “It is a poison in our society and any other society … It is not acceptable in any form.” Trouble is he's said it so many times whilst doing nothing effective that nobody believes him any more.
Diane Abbott called on Watson to “consider your position”, while John McDonnell, shadow chancellor, criticised Mr Watson for “using the media” to attack Corbyn ally Jennie Formby, when “he knows she’s undergoing chemotherapy”.
In opposing his boss Watson knows exactly what he's doing but we'll just have to see how it all pans out. I wonder if he'll be phased by being called a "f*****g disgrace" by comrade Len?