John Prescott Blues
Whatever happens to John Prescott's career in the immediate future, I think that people ought to consider one incident at this moment.
It is rarely mentioned and does not involve sexual harrasment, taxpayers money, dodgy billionaires, casinos etc..
It is simply this. Iain Duncan Smith recounted recently that, shortly before the Conservatives kicked him out as leader, when there were unfounded allegations about his wife being improperly funded by taxpayers money, John Prescott came up to him in one of the corridors in the House of Commons and commiserated about the rumours, saying that this was going too far and that it was below the belt.
Prescott is not renowned for being friendly towards Conservatives, and he has behaved in an improper and disgraceful fashion in the past. But his words to Duncan Smith were an act of cross-party decency that he did not need to do and it should not be forgotten!
You see, (and I am speaking as someone who has been annoyed and disgusted by his behaviour, given recent evidence) what I am trying to say is that, like many politicians, Prescott is not quite the demon figure that seems to be seen as at the moment. He is a human being who made mistakes. Yes, mistakes which may or may not warrant his resignation, but mistakes that people should be careful about when they consider how to go about criticising him.
For example, many Tories and Tory supporters are rude about him, calling him a "fat oaf"! "A bully!" "Thick", "stupid!" "Lacking in talent!"
Well I can think of a few prominent Tories who fit several of those epithets well. One newspaper columnist recently attacked him using similar phrases as the ones I just mentioned. Funny! But the columnist in question has always struck me as a bullying oaf, lacking in manners, and holding political opinions that I find disgraceful. Pot = kettle. I would love to name him, but that would be uncharitable, unchristian, and making my above comments hypocritical. Perhaps I should be more charitable about the said columnist! ;)
I simply ask that people take a brief pause and remember that Prescott is human. As we all are!
Politics can be a lonely place, full of frightened people watching their backs. Some are nasty pieces of work who deserve to be run out, some are so decent it's incredible, and some start off well and end up mired in inappropriate behaviour.
But the Palace of Westminster can also be a place of consideration and thoughtfulness. So for those readers of mine who work there, whatever your political persuasion, whatever your views on Prescott! Next time you see him, just think of his kindness towards Iain Duncan Smith. I am not asking you to change your views or judgement on his behaviour or conduct. Just very simply, to ask that you see him as a fellow human being.