Tom Watson’s Mafia question to James Murdoch was designed to get Tom Watson on the news. It worked. However the committee’s job is to find out what happened at News International during the phone hacking scandal.
Watson’s questions did nothing to get new or significant information was unnecessarily rude and provocative. He even managed to create a situation where James Murdoch became the sympathetic character.
I have long felt that Tom Watson was a disloyal schemer, I can now add to this that I think he is a coward. He would never dare to make an accusation like that without parliamentary privilege and in doing so he damages not only his own credibility but also that of the whole committee.