The chatter in the party has been that Watson runs around the country making sure 'his' people get chosen as candidates.
Privileges and patronage are wired into the party's institutions. Falkirk is merely the latest example.
While the Labour leader takes time to ponder the future, his party is drifting into a style of politics that looks in urgent need of consignment to the past.
By choosing to answer the question "who runs Labour?" the Unite general secretary has suggested the answer was in doubt.
The Tories should not make the mistake of assuming that the public shares their instinctive loathing of the trade unions.
Of the 14 Labour constituency parties placed under "special measures", just one, Falkirk West, was due to concerns over activity by Unite.
In a letter leaked to The Staggers, the Unite general secretary hits out over the Falkirk selection row.
The Unite general secretary claims that my piece on him was "a distortion". Here's why it wasn't.
Len McCluskey's union enters negotiations on a formal merger with the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association and more could follow.