"Horror" at Prescott running country

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5173024.stm

    One of the UK's best known former Army commanders in Iraq says he is "filled with horror" at the prospect of John Prescott running Britain this summer.
    Mr Prescott usually takes the reins when Tony Blair is abroad on holiday but Colonel Tim Collins says he should not be left in charge of two wars.

    His comments came as the prime minister refused to say directly whether his embattled deputy would take charge.

    He also would not answer claims that Mr Prescott broke ministers' rules.

    Cowboy outfit

    Parliament's sleaze watchdog this week extended his inquiry to cover allegations that the deputy prime minister failed to declare gifts.

    Mr Prescott was reportedly given a "cowboy outfit" during a visit to the ranch of Philip Anschutz, the US tycoon who wants Britain's first super casino to be at the Millennium Dome.

    I feel sorry for the troops who are deployed at the risk of their lives on his behalf
    Tim Collins
    Former Army commander

    There have also been calls for the prime minister to order an investigation into claims Mr Prescott's talks with Mr Anschutz broke rules on conflicts of interest.

    Mr Prescott is currently in Turkey for the opening of the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline.

    He insists he has done nothing wrong and says he was not involved at all in talks over the casinos.

    But press reports say Labour chairman Hazel Blears and Chief Whip Jacqui Smith are being lined up to help him when Mr Blair is away.

    And plans to send Mr Prescott "on tour" during Parliament's summer break are reportedly also being discussed.

    Who's in charge?

    Colonel Collins, who hit the headlines for his eve-of-war speech to troops in Iraq, voiced his dismay at Mr Prescott taking charge.

    "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," he told the BBC's Daily Politics.

    "A man who on the BBC last week by his own admission struggles with a paper and pencil, and is incompetent by his own admission with technology, running two complex wars, and a number of other complex issues in the nation leaves me wondering who actually is running the nation.

    "Is it the civil service behind the scenes? Or... this man who by his own admission is not up to the job?

    "It does fill me with horror, and I feel sorry for the troops who are deployed at the risk of their lives on his behalf."

    Blair challenged

    At prime minister's questions, Tory leader David Cameron said Mr Prescott was apparently "really looking forward to standing in".

    "Please tell us that isn't going to happen," pleaded Mr Cameron.

    Mr Blair said the arrangements for the summer break would be "exactly the same as in previous years".

    Downing Street always says the prime minister can be contacted if needed even when he is out of the country.

    Tory MP Andrew Robathan suggested Mr Prescott had broken the ministerial code by having an affair with his diary secretary and accepting Mr Anschutz's hospitality.

    He urged Mr Blair to call in his adviser on conflicts of interest, Sir John Bourn, to investigate.

    The prime minister said it was "entirely right" to support the regeneration projects around the Dome, which is owned by Mr Anschutz.
  2. To be truthfull I think Prescot would have his head more screwed on than Bliar,
    just because he like some sidelined pussey doesnt mean he's any less capable.
  3. a cowboy outfit is surely the correct dress for the 2i/c of a Cowboy Outfit

    perhaps Mr Anscluss was having a laugh, or then again since he is a Septic with Hun ancestry, perhaps not
  4. To borrow MrPVRd's signature, "Sleaze has become the hallmark of the dying days of this administration." (T Blair 1997). Add to that sentence "incompetence" and he'd be speaking about his own administration.

    I'm torn between wanting Prescott out of the country so he can't screw anything up and wanting to keep him within the confines of our borders because he's an intense embarrassment as a national representative.
  5. Are you mad?, :omfg: the man's an incompetent oaf who has bungled every single job he's been given. Does anybody seriously believe that John Prescott ,a fat wheezing sex-pest and former waiter who has never gotten over failing the 11 plus sixty bleeding years ago,is DPM because he's uniquely talented or the best man for the job? Of course not, he's there a a sop to "Old Labour" and to give Blair and his pals some street-cred with the great unwashed (see "Old Labour"). The thought of having this clown in even nominal control of the country in the Dear Leaders absence is a national embarassment, where's Jade form Big Brother when you need her!!
  6. OK guys, who made the decision to fight a war in Iraq, and who made the decision to fight another war in Afg at a time of severe overstretch? It certainly wasn't Prezza. I say let him have a crack at the whip, besides-could be fun.
  7. Does Tim Collins get paid by the word?

  8. Never mind all that, he's a Cod-head!


  9. I know,I'm forever seeing the fat knacker and that cheap lacquered bint of a wife of his. Incidentally, saw her a few months ago in Beverley doing some shopping and wearing a f*cking great fur coat, meanwhile the Bloated Oaf was one of the great animal lovers when it came to the debate on Fox hunting! Hypocritical cnut!!!! :twisted:

  10. one comfort : they both great ugly bastards :dead:
  11. It wasn't Bliar either.
  12. Perhaps Lord Levy could do it. he appears to be a decent man.
  13. Looking at the bunch of shabby sleazy reprobates that currently pass as politicians one has to quit this long held notion that politicians are anything 'other'. Politics does not need to be reserved for the few.-indeed must not be, especially given the new Hitleresque dictatorial controls over demonstrating and voicing one's protest. Free speech used to be something worth fighting over. Why do we just roll over and play along nowadays?
    If any decent person ever felt moved to become involved in politics in some small way but held back as they felt they were not educated enough in politics and history and law etc, one just needs to look at the politicians we have now to realise that a lack of a political background needn't, indeed must not, be allowed to be a hindrance to one's participation.
    Any decent, morally aware, clear thinking person with integrity and clear views on issues that affect the people of this country should get involved.
    When people throw their hands in the air and exclaim the "It doesn't matter who one votes for as all political parties and politicians are the same" one must realise that there is a vaccum of decency and vision that can and should be filled by those with passion and energy and a desire to fight to change things for the better in this once great nation.
    Those of us who have neither the inclination nor the drive to haul ourselves into the fray should identify and assist those who we would have represent us and support them all the way to the top, in a mission to restore proper and integrity filled democratic Government to England.

    When Col. Tim Collins was shat on from a great height at the end of his prestigious army career many on these boards called for him to publicly speak out on behalf of all officers and men and this this he did. Immediately for many here he then instantly just became just another person with his head above the parapet to take a pop at instead of appreciating that here was a man speaking out publicly what the rest of us were merely muttering about. It's important when we have chosen our men and women of integrity to speak out for us and act on our behalf that we back them all the way and not just knock them over like skittles in our inimitable British chippy way.
  14. Well said.
  15. Anyone think this is El Presidente's way of ousting Prescott from his position of power?

    You know, give him enough rope (in this case responsibility) and he will hang himself.