The deputy Labour leader said: “There are some old hands twisting young arms... They are factionalising and putting pressure where they can, and that’s how Trotsky entryists operate. Sooner or later, that always ends up in disaster.”
The claim prompted a long, detailed and educational discussion on Twitter about whether the party had struggled to re-invent social democracy for the 21st century, leaving it purposeless and in danger of being destroyed by its disenfranchised feeling Hard Left element.
Only joking, it actually triggered a hilarious meme! Everyone was doing the #TrotskyiteTwist.
Watson was advised to try the dance if he ever followed in Ed Balls’ footsteps and did Strictly Come Dancing.
One tweeter warned that cats could be swept up in the dance as well. Or hurting each other, we can’t actually tell. Heed the warning either way.
Most encouragingly, the meme-session has begun to moot other dances that relate to controversial heroes of Communism.
Other Far Left figures appeared in the form of terrible puns.
Some of the funniest tweets didn’t reference dancing, suggesting the ‘Twist’ referred to a Soviet Communist version of the beloved game Twister.
Or a type of arm burn.
Or a delicious concoction.
Or that Leon Trotsky had actually set up KFC.
We don’t get that either but hey, it’s Twitter.
Today also saw analysis published that said Labour had a 0% chance of winning a snap General Election if Theresa May called it.
So don’t expect Corbyn to dance the Trotskyite Twist in Downing Street any time soon.