Thursday, August 17, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: Prescott Caught Lying Again Over 'Crap' Comment

This morning's Independent carried a front page story with the headline BUSH IS CRAP SAYS PRESCOTT. It took Prescott's office several hours before issuing a denial that he had said any such thing. Even Labour MP Harry Cohen's appearance on the radio this morning (and just now on 5 Live) confirming he was at the "private" meeting at which Prescott made his remarks and heard him say it, didn't divert the Deputy PM from his vehement denials.

After a hard morning's travails running the country (well, sitting in Number Ten watching John Reid run the country and ringing up various political journalists on the Indy to berate them, I should have said) he repaired to the Terrace Cafeteria in the House of Commons for lunch. Sadly he made the mistake of sitting down near a couple of twitchy eared parliamentary researchers, one of whom has had the foresight to report to your humble servant what happened next...

"Prescott in shirtsleeves in Terrace Cafeteria with two male staff. Quite empty - plenty of free tables, but they sat at one within easy earshot of various other staff and spoke loudly (what if he were discussing state secrets?!). Conversation (with his mouth full - yuk) littered with plenty of swearing - then they got onto discussing today's headlines about his alleged remarks on President Bush.

Prescott: "All these people saying 'Prescott should be sacked' is rubbish - 80% of them agree with me"
Aide -"I haven't seen the polls, but I think you're right"
Prescott : "All this sh*t with the press…" [the rest indistinct, but something about meeting someone in a restaurant or a pub to avoid the media]

And, for someone "busy" (or "bizi" running the country, he had a leisurely time - they left lunch at around twenty to three!)

My source who witnessed the episode said:

"It was unbelieveable - he's publicly denied his comments about Bush, but today he was justifying them to his aides. And if he wanted to avoid being overheard, why did he choose one of the most gossipy places in Britain to talk about it loudly? Will he never learn? I was quite alarmed in the current climate to think he might talk about secret intelligence in the same careless way."

So it's quite clear that by him saying "All these people saying 'Prescott should be sacked' is rubbish - 80% of them agree with me", he is admitting that he did say 'Bush is crap'. Another day, another lie...

25 comments:

strapworld said...

Iain, As I said on the other blog nothing will happen, this man is untouchable.

Unless we can get him robbing a bank! photographic evidence of having sex with a six year old and voting TORY he will stay in the job

Anonymous said...

Hmm..Good work Sherlock Dale, but
not sure you can leap to the conclusion he admits saying 'Bush is crap'. Although it seems odd that he should go within earshot of someone when saying all this - was it done deliberately ?

Sounds silly, but his stock could not be much lower with Blair, and shaking the tree may encourage a new leader to emerge, who may be more amenable to his old Labour ways. Anyone seen Alan Johnson..

Anonymous said...

This all sounds like proof Prescott is a twat, but he's a wily old bird, look closer and we see a devious game afoot. The days of Blair are now surely very numbered. Blair wants to stay but won't be allowed to; how long before the equivalent of the Grey Eminences of old tory days knock on the door of Number 10? Then Hain and Johnson can slug it out for the Unison vote. Out of ammunition. God save the Queen.

Bob Piper said...

Don't let your imagination run away with you Iain. If this is your proof it is complete cobblers. He doesn't justify making any remarks about Bush in the bit you have quoted. I don't think 80% of the population agree with Prescott on ANYTHING... but you are scraping your gossip barrel near the bottom on this.

Anonymous said...

The 80% Prescott allegedly mentions does sound like the figure the Telegraph quotes today as saying in a poll we should "Ditch US in terror War" - so it seems clear he IS referring to the Bush comment.

casual observer said...

Fatso is in charge of GB plc so he can do and say what he bloody well likes. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. I hopwe his boss in enjoying his holiday. It might be that last one a nu-labour PM gets for a while...

Graham E said...

Does anyone really think that the US President gives a monkey's shit what a failed ex ship's steward from Liverpool thinks of him?
All this coverage/comment is only fuelling Fatboy's delusion that he is important.Just ignore the bloated oaf. That will really hurt him.

ares said...

I find it profoundly depressing that John Prescott remains in his role as deputy prime minister. He is at the moment the acting head of the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Not withstanding the rights and wrongs of the views he expressed, it might be expected that such a figurehead would have some regard for his position when making comments about world leaders and world events. The crass and undiplomatic language that he chooses robs himself, the government and the people that the government represents of the dignity and respect with which they were once held.

Tony Blair should be ashamed with his deputy, who speaks in his name. It is shocking that he allows his deputy to remain in office purely for his own needs, whilst ignoring the greater damage that Prescott is doing to the image of this once great country.

If Blair had any regard whatsoever for the needs of the country he would sack Prescott on his return from his holiday. To do otherwise shows that he himself is not fit for the job of prime minister.

UK Daily Pundit said...

Change the record, Iain, please.

How about ‘I Predict A Diet’, the Kaiser Chiefs. Or ‘The Dinner Takes It All’, Abba.

Better stop there or I'll have Mr Linford after me. By the way, doesn't Bob Piper look well? He's 74 you know.

Peter Hitchens said...

To be fair to small cock he said Bush's post Iraq invasion policy was crap , not that either Bush or his Government are crap ( although they are)
Iain you can do better.
What do you think of my new hair colour?

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Tracey says said...

Leave my Cuddles alone. 'e's an 'ero to me and that geezer 'e told me 'e saved from the river. Ter be 'onest, right, at the end of the day, e's the Deputy Prime Minister of the country, innni, know what I mean?

bebopper said...

Could he now go the way of the Straw man, who didn't show the necessary reverance for Dubbya's policies?
No; for all your huffing and puffing Iain, the fat one is here to stay for the time being.
But take heart; ITV are doing a 90 minute docu-drama on Prezza and Tracey to be shown in a few weeks time.
Prescott lingers, but so does the damaging cancer of NuLaour sleaze.

Verity said...

John Prescott had better watch his mouth or Iain Dale will hand him a Yellow Card!

Anonymous said...

Seems the researchers can't have been busy either if they were able to stay beyond twenty to three to know that Prezza left then!

The Grumbler said...

I do wonder if this is all a ploy you know. Let Jabba shoot his mouth off for a week (or month) or so while Blair is away on holiday, then Blair can come back, see the mess Prezza has made for himself (again), and finally remove all his responsibilities in a public manner. Tough on fat idiots; tough on the causes of fat idiots...

The Druid said...

No surprise. How can Prezza run the country when he clearly has a full time job running that awful mouth of his? The presence of political losers such as Prezza and Caravan a'Becket in high office is merely a symptom of how low this once great country has sunk. Grim.

The Druid said...

No surprise. How can Prezza run the country when he clearly has a full time job running that awful mouth of his? The presence of political losers such as Prezza and Caravan a'Becket in high office is merely a symptom of how low this once great country has sunk. Grim.

Buster George said...

I know that JP is a fat useless tosser but he got this right.

Bet it was only the law of averages though,ths feller thinks with his dick, so it;s unlikeky it was something he actually worked out.

He is right that 80% of us agree with him, it's the same 80% that want to see him and Blair gone

Anonymous said...

Still say that R4 'PM' have made the best call on this. Prezza has been caught out, but he knows the public are on side with him. So bluff it out in the commons' tea rooms, walls have ears and before you know it, he's the saviour of the Labour party rank & file..

Adrian Yalland said...

The big question is, is George Bush worried about some fat old tosser who is a laughing stock of the whole UK, and who does sod all but sit on his whopping great arse and pretend to run the country in the PMs absence, whilst John Reid actually does!

Actually - does Bush actually know who John Prescott is? Have they actually ever met?

As for the cowboy comment - whose the one who forgot to declare his stetson?

Yihaaa!

Richard Carey said...

And, for someone "busy" (or "bizi") running the country, he had a leisurely time - they left lunch at around twenty to three!

Well, be fair now Iain, the guy has to fill his days now somehow , doesn't he?

Besides, I've always had the strange feeling that he's not a "quick sandwich at my desk" kind of guy. Can't think why...

Francis Walsingham said...

Coming soon, in the Independent on Sunday:

'Prescott is "a sack of shit" says Bush'

Keir said...

Enough's enough. What does it take to stop such people from representing me to the world? He presents himself as an uneducated labourer seemingly untouched in almost 6 decades from any attempt to better himself as the badge of a working class hero. Nothing sums it up better than Collins's "I have to say that the prospect of John Prescott running the country in the absence of Tony Blair is a prospect that fills me with horror."
It struck me as the height of arrpgance and contempt for the GOP to hoist Bush as their champion rather than anyone deserving of high leadership, and here we have no ability to have any say in getting rid of a man who can't even pronounce Kosovo.

raincoaster said...

Well in fairness, Bush is crap and at least 80% of people do agree on that.

On the other hand, he's lame duck crap; the only one who's still listening to him is Tony Blair. At this point it's almost like a public service, the nice British boy visiting the shut-in.