Monday, July 17, 2006

What is John Prescott's Greatest Achievement?

Vote HERE.

42 comments:

beethoven writes said...

I feel sorry for that poor girl. She'll probably need counselling for years.....

don jameson said...

Bit disappointed there was no button for "Not being sacked"...

Guardian Cub reporter said...

Quite....
nor for his total lack of command of the English Language

Anonymous said...

And what about his efforts in breaking down the social barrriers - by bringing croquet to the masses?

Or his left hook?

Or reminding us that we're all middle class now?

Andrew Kennedy said...

In the Alan Clark diaries, Clark recounts some after dinner tittle-tattle with an ex girlfriend of Nicholas Soames.

She said, "having sex with Nicholas was like lying on a bed and the wardrobe falling on top of you... with the key still in the lock."

I imagine Tracey Temple knows how it feels!

Curly said...

I too was looking for a "left hook" button, it might have made the result a little less decisive.

virtually anonymous said...

completely off topic I know but...

why have you suddenly turned a peculiar shade of green?

Are you ill or is it my video card?

Anonymous said...

greatest achievemnt?

How a lack of talent, and manners, and a horrible personality can become rich

maybe a right hook, and a dodgy dossier on a top man might have something to do with it!

Guardian Cub Reporter said...

virtually anonymous said...
completely off topic I know but...

why have you suddenly turned a peculiar shade of green?

Are you ill or is it my video card?

10:35 PM

My computer is the same, so its not your video card.
I think its the amount of bile that emanates from the sleaze infecting NULAB that is infecting everyones PC's

Iain Dale said...

Virtually anonymous, I change my banner every few days to a different colour with three different endorsements. It is certainly a "different" green!!!

virtually anonymous said...

Aha!

That explains the recent NuLib orange.

Thought I was seeing things...

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

He may have organised some reasonably serious kit (scary national emergency stuff) for fire brigades at a national level.
But unfortunately so far has failed on "hardened" comms kit for intra-brigade and inter-service communications. eg Herts control was overwealmed by 999 calls reporting the Hemel depot incident - so overwealmed that they could not get hold of other brigade HQs to get organised early on. This failure is due to the normal public sector specking of an "all singing all dancing system" that is always 2 years away from completion rather than a "make do and get on with it one".
Arguably this is what his super dept could have pushed through and didn't. - Oh well that won't matter if we don't need it.

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

....to use the analogy of The Battle Of Britain - it wasn't just the pilots and the Hurricanes and Spitfires wot won it, it was the incredible organisation of RAF fighter control and their comms. Someone (and he should be a National Hero) got organised in 1936....

Croydonian said...

Good to see that the people have spoken with near unanimity

bebopper said...

Thirty votes for Urban Regeneration? I didn't realise he'd shagged so many women. That's half a council estate.

Anonymous said...

How about:

Making Iain Dale the household name he is today.

jm said...

Iain - good to see you're practising what you preach. While the craven and biased mainstream media are covering petty, insignificant news like the explosive situation in the middle east, it's good to see torch bearing bloggers such as yourself are sticking with the REAL story - taking the piss out of Prescott.
:)1

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

Does the Department of the Deputy Prime Minister have a shadowing Select Committee at Westminster?
If not ... perhaps avoiding being answerable has been his Greatest...thingy.

CityBlue said...

Making Iain Dale the household name he is today.

Guido surely?

John Prescott said...

As I want to say before and would say the Tony Blair I mean he and I we do go back a ways and want it and thats not casino money oh no you can say that Humphrey and you can but not me, only fair comment bloody hell you aren't editing this are you not me and if Cherie and I mean I really hate that bloody woman New Labour rubbish but getting back to the bloody point if you don't mind Jeremy its all you and the BBC what said that I'm from Hull and what I said and I mean this Humphrey is not that Philip Ancshluss is a very good friend of mine I like all that I like cowboys and indians I like money well not money exactly but as I often say in Hull if you're editing this I'll bloody hit you (contd page 94)

Gary Elsby said...

Keeping the Tories out.

Couldn't find this as a choice. I'm sure the ommitance is entirely your fault.

Gary

Rick said...

I rather liked his resignation speech................still he had lots of time to prepare it !

stan said...

Good God we have to have something to laugh at, with the news as it is we'd all be topping ourselves. Thanks Iain, keep it up!

Paul Linford said...

How about: overcoming a deprived background, a shit dead-end job, and the social prejudices of those who think they were born to rule to rise to the second highest office in the land?

tonbridgeblog said...

"Me gretest achievemt as to b givin that bloke wiv the mullet aircut a right goin ov'r. I know Tone was a bit miffed but by god it were a good jab. Apart frum that av done all rite with some other stuff. An those birds arnt complaining a can tell you that!!!"
(I wrote this for my mate John, he still can't turn on the computer and certainly can't understand that weird word that you have to fill in everytime you post a comment. He thinks his eye sight's going and it's in German or Russian or something.) Keep up the good work mate.

Loveable Neocon said...

Gruaniad cub reporter,

Isn't it a bit rich to pick on Prescott's mangled syntax when working for said paper.

We don't know much about British politics but this guy, Prescott, he's useless from all accounts. Is that right?

Surely getting the job and keeping it is some achievement. And didn't he just have most of his powers handed to someone in Opus Dei? So he keeps his pay but does less work... he is an icon for our times.

This guy rules - good job, no ability, lots of sex (an unpleasant image admittedly).

Truly a hero but as the song goes 'If only he had a brain'

The Loveable Neocons!

David said...

"How about: overcoming a deprived background, a shit dead-end job, and the social prejudices of those who think they were born to rule to rise to the second highest office in the land?"

More like behaving like the classless oaf he is, screwing and barging his way up via the union thug route and only getting the job to keep the other union thugs happy rather than having any ability to perform said job? Had he been Russian he would have made it to Premier! He has behaved worse than the "Eton mafia" he is always whinging about yet obviously wants to emulate....can't do anything right so blames everyone but himself. Says it all about his total lack of character really....

Maggie Thatcher fan said...

Loveable Neocon said...
Gruaniad cub reporter,

Isn't it a bit rich to pick on Prescott's mangled syntax when working for said paper.

We don't know much about British politics but this guy, Prescott, he's useless from all accounts. Is that right?

Surely getting the job and keeping it is some achievement. And didn't he just have most of his powers handed to someone in Opus Dei? So he keeps his pay but does less work... he is an icon for our times.

This guy rules - good job, no ability, lots of sex (an unpleasant image admittedly).

Truly a hero but as the song goes 'If only he had a brain'

The Loveable Neocons!

I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT, that my tag has nothing to do with my political allegiances.

I had a spat with STRAPWORLD on Guido's site, and he accused me of being a "Guardian Cub Reporter", and I thought that tag would be fun.
I now see it is having unfortunate and unforeseen consequences, so I shall change it.
I shall now call myself "Maggie Thatcher Fan" , It might give a clearer idea of my political persuasion!!

Paul Linford said...

"More like behaving like the classless oaf he is..."

Oh, David, how you give yourself away with this sort of comment.

Of course John Prescott has made mistakes, and a lot of the political projects with which he has been associated have ended in failure, sometimes through his own fault, at other times through lack of support from Tony Blair. And as I have written on my own blog, I personally think he (and Blair) should now go to enable Labour to make a fresh start.

But that doesn't alter the fact that a large amount of the vitriol directed at him from the media classes stems from the fact that he is a working-class boy who had the temerity to think he had as much right to run the country as they did.

His achievement in becoming DPM in the face of that prejudice is, genuinely, one of the most remarkable political stories of modern times.

Jabberwocky said...

Common Purpose, run from DCLG (ex ODPM) - the EU's new cadre for the takeover of Britain.

Their members already hold positions of power and influence in the Government Offices, Regional Assemblies, Police (one Cressida Dick is allegedly a CP member), and allegedly virtually control Plymouth City Council. (see
http://www.eutruth.org.uk/cp.htm
and
http://devonportcolumn.org.uk/pdf/DevCol4web.pdf
)

The past is creeping up on Tony..... said...

But his greatest achievement is yet to come - When he spills the beans on Blair and Brown, the Gilbert and George of British Politics

Gary Elsby said...

Paul Linford is being good today, perhaps I wrote it.

Very true though but let's not forget John Major who rose to the very top and subsequently to Edwina.

John will go when John says so and not before.

Gary

Rick said...

to rise to the second highest office in the land?

It is not an office merely a title

Anonymous said...

Not yet getting an ASBO from the House.

gipsy ging said...

Mr Linford,

when you write "His achievement in becoming DPM in the face of that prejudice is, genuinely, one of the most remarkable political stories of modern times." you are certainly correct

It is genuinely remarkable that in today's world, such a philandering, lying, over-bearing bully could rise to a position of such power.

I could just about understand it if he were good at his job, but he isn't even close to being mediocre at what he does.

Everything that Blair has reluctantly trusted him with has had to be taken away again because it is beyond his severely limited capabilities. If Prescott was working in the private sector, he'd have been sacked for gross incompetence years ago

And I get so fed up by people claiming that criticism of his mangled syntax and utter inability to express himself is merely snobbery. How patronising to assume that because he's working class he is therefore unable to speak properly. If he cannot clearly and succinctly argue a point then he shouldn't be in a profession where that ability is paramount.

He is a sop to old labour and nothing more (understandable really as Blair wouldn't want someone effective and clever representing them ). All Prescott has been is a drain on this country's resources.

He adds no value whatsoever (well, apart from as a source of amusement)

syorkie said...

paul linford said;

Oh, David, how you give yourself away with this sort of comment.

Of course John Prescott has made mistakes, and a lot of the political projects with which he has been associated have ended in failure, sometimes through his own fault, at other times through lack of support from Tony Blair. And as I have written on my own blog, I personally think he (and Blair) should now go to enable Labour to make a fresh start.

But that doesn't alter the fact that a large amount of the vitriol directed at him from the media classes stems from the fact that he is a working-class boy who had the temerity to think he had as much right to run the country as they did.

His achievement in becoming DPM in the face of that prejudice is, genuinely, one of the most remarkable political stories of modern times.

You don't really believe this tosh, you're a wind-up merchant right?

Napoleon Bonaparte said...

Paul Linford 11.48 a.m.

I know you. You live in the padded cell between me and Ian Huntley!

Michael Grade said...

paul linford 11.28

Oh how we laughed, funnier than any 'Two Ronnies' script. here at Auntie we desperately need new talent, come see us! Get a cab on my account.

The pay is big,
The hours are small,
I'll send a taxi for y'all!

deR neK said...

Fancy being the next Mayor of London? Your thinking is spot on for my job!

Sonya smile said...

paul linford 1128am

Poor Paul, how sad, can someone please help him?
Sonya

Realist said...

Paul Linford
9:42

Paul's description of the poor young ship's steward risng to high office pulls at the heart strings.

All it proves though, is that you can be a complete and utter tosser and still rise to the top in our country's political system.

Vienna Woods said...

Getting out of bed, to go home!