Thursday, July 06, 2006
Oh no John, no John, no John, no...
All is not Rosie in the world of Prezza.
Look, John, you may be the most prominent of the traditional 'beer and sandwiches' brigade of the Labour Party. You may be the mortar that holds the Blair/Brown bricks together. You may be something of the working class conscience at the Cabinet table. You may be a far more entertaining speaker than most people are prepared to credit.
But what you are now is an embarrassment. The time has come for you to decide which is more important to you - the non-job that is the Deputy Premiership to which you now cling or the party that you have served (and has served you well) for decades. You hung on last time as the Blair government seems determined not to shed any more members of the crew for the time being, no matter what the cost, but now is the time to call it a day.
Your performance in being beaten up by John Humphrys on the Today Programme on Radio Four wasn't bad until it got to the question about your affairs, which you tried to dodge and obfuscate. Frankly it was embarrassing to hear. Perhaps you know that one of them won't spill the beans, but what of the others? The rumour mill puts the figure at three, but I've heard up to five mentioned - is that it or are there more skeletons in your locker waiting to jump out on us?
You have become the story. Let's get back to policies and away from the tittle-tattle.
Time to walk the plank, John.
Is it a right-wing blogging conspiracy? Probably not. I don't doubt that Iain Dale is grinding a particular axe and taking great pleasure in doing it, but I'm not hypocritical enough to criticise him for doing so when I did the same thing on Chuckles Kennedy, John Hemming and Mark Oaten.