Monday, 27 October 2008

Prescott, class act

John Prescott is well known for some great one liners; he said in June '97 "I will have failed if in five years time there are not many more people using public transport and far fewer journeys by car. It's a tall order, but I urge you to hold me to it." We did, and he failed.

He also said "The green belt is a Labour achievement and we mean to build on it." Class or what. He also got involved in a punch up with a farmer, claiming that they had thrown the first punch despite the evidence of the event being filmed.

And this evening he has been given a chance to make a tv program about class. He spent some time with that well known expert Jodie Marsh doing research in a nightclub. Its a tough job. He used his TV opportunity to bash the Tories for being upper class. He doesn't mention that when you look into it, it turns out that most Labour ministers attended private schools or grammar schools.* Hypocracy seems to be in their DNA.

Ed Balls -the private Nottingham High School
David Lammy went to The King’s School Peterborough.
Andrew Adonis- Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire.
Alistair Darling - private Loretto School, Musselburgh, East Lothian
Tony Blair boarded at Fettes College, a notable independent school in Edinburgh

This was merely the first of a series, seemingly designed to sell his book.
Prescott did signing for his book in a supermarket, good advertising.

One highlight was a conversation with some young women where he said he had never heard of a chav! One of them didn't know who Gordon Brown was, and thinks she's middle class, not working class because she hasn't got a job. She shows how confused these labels have become. Prescott didn't succeed in making things clearer.

The second part should have the interview with Jodie Marsh.

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