John Prescott Cheers His Role In ‘7/11’ And The Asian Tsunami While Applying Double Standards To David Cameron
JOHN Prescott is a ubiquitous presence on the telly. Recently the walking Spitting Image puppet was talking about how terrible it as that David Cameron was on holiday in Italy when the riots broke out. He was recently talking to Mariella Frostrup on the BBC’s morning sofa:
LORD PRESCOTT: “It’s unbelievable. Look, when every August for ten years … People think August is a quiet time. It isn’t. I had the tsunami, I had the Omagh bombing, I had terrorist attacks – the 7/11. All those occurred on my watch, right, and you have to deal with them.”
That would be a tsunami in Indonesia and 7/11, a melange of atrocities that John can recall in just two number.
MARIELLA FROSTRUP: “No wonder they’re not leaving you in charge anymore. You’re a disaster magnet!”
LORD PRESCOTT: “But it all … No, it happens in August. You’re seeing it now. But what we did, Tony and I, we had all ministers to give us their holiday times. We insisted there was a senior minister about all the time. Junior ministers also. I had one junior minister ring me up and said, “I can do it from down in Cornwall on the beach.” “No you bloody well can’t. Get up here! I want a full team sitting in cabinet as we used to meet, discussing the issues.” And those crises can be handled. How the heck does Osborne now, nine or ten hours difference, have a telephone call half-way through the night …”
Cast your minds back to 2003, when John Prescott was talking about his fellow Labour cabinet minister Geoff Hoon’s decision not to attend the funeral of David Kelly, the Government scienetist who died in mysterious circumstances in an Oxfordshire field:
“Everyone has to have their holidays”
Why is Prescott on the telly?