John Prescott Recants Brownism
Senator Prescott* said some interesting things in a talk on a cruise on Queen Mary 2 (right). The former Deputy Prime Minister was accused by Tony Blair in A Journey of helping Gordon Brown to succeed him:
It’s not that John was ever personally disloyal – he wasn’t – but Gordon pitched his own position on reform in such a way that it was obviously more simpatico with John’s; so it changed the constellation of forces around me.
Well, it looks as if John Prescott followed the same trajectory as Polly Toynbee, Jackie Ashley and all and realised, too late, the error of his ways. According to The Sunday Telegraph, he told passengers on the cruise that Brown was a “cuckoo in the nest”, which is a welcome return to sanity after years in which Prescott only half-heartedly dissented from that view of Tony Blair. He went on:
He could be a miserable bugger, Gordon, and people thought ‘Oh, he’s not very friendly.’ Mind you they say that about me often enough. But television is a critical part of politics. We all know that. I hope it’s not gone so far that you’ve got to be like the X Factor, like Clegg were, to get elected. ‘Oh isn’t he a lovely young guy?’
Prescott returned to his early view of Blair as an asset to Labour when asked why the party lost in 2010:
Tony Blair got a lot of Tories to vote for him who perhaps wouldn’t have voted Labour and wouldn’t feel the same about Gordon Brown. I think that’s one of the reasons that did happen to be quite frank. And therefore you have to look at why was that.
And he had a realistic assessment of the new leader’s team:
To be frank they better start like Red Ed didn’t. He’s actually disowning our record. It’s a damn good record. I’m proud of it. I’m proud to have belonged to a government that got more people back to work, more people into the hospitals, a better education system. You’ve got to say that you did something good in that period. And I think in the election that went on between the leaders they tended to stand aside. It was almost a seeking of the unions.
*He also said:
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I don’t like the word Lord. It’s got a lordly meaning to it. I’d prefer to be called a senator than a Lord. It has all these kind of implications and I get a bit embarrassed about them but it gives me a political platform. But for God’s sake let’s get rid of the word Lord and become a senator.
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