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
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.
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