What The Papers Say: Smooth ride for ’gas-guzzling’ Government

For a man who has just spent 43 gas-guzzling days on New Labour’s battle-bus, keeps an 11 miles-to-the-gallon Jaguar at home and shares another with Tony Blair for official duties, John Prescott managed to endure 15 minutes strap-hanging on the Central line last week with remarkable fortitude. It was just as well he did, otherwise the press would have had a field day lampooing the new Transport/Environment minister on the day of his first keynote speech to celebrate World Environment Day.

For a man who has just spent 43 gas-guzzling days on New Labour’s

battle-bus, keeps an 11 miles-to-the-gallon Jaguar at home and shares

another with Tony Blair for official duties, John Prescott managed to

endure 15 minutes strap-hanging on the Central line last week with

remarkable fortitude. It was just as well he did, otherwise the press

would have had a field day lampooing the new Transport/Environment

minister on the day of his first keynote speech to celebrate World

Environment Day.



The new agenda dominated, with Prescott’s famous off-the-cuff comments

severely curtailed, especially when put on the spot over ’biodiversity’

and ’endocrine disruptors’. Opposition comment was similarly noticeable

by its absence.



That only a couple of journalists noted that Blair had purloined the

mother of all gas-guzzlers - Concorde - to take him and his entourage to

the UN meeting on sustainable development later this month shows that

Labour’s honeymoon is still under way.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International.



Cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers

Say’ can also be found at: http//www.carma.com/carma.



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