Wit and wisdom of …1 John Prescott

August 29, 2006

“Macho? Moi?”
“He didn’t like heads, did he?” on Henry Moore

The Today programme’s host John Humphrys asked whether Members of Parliament would be allowed to debate the issue of military action in Iraq and whether they would be allowed to make any decisions. Mr Prescott explained: ‘The Prime Minister has said when the matter becomes a decision or if these matters are taken into consideration, there will be a debate on it.’ Later in the interview he said: ‘The Prime Minister has made it quite clear that at the appropriate time there will be a discussion in Parliament if such decisions have been taken.’ ‘There will be a decision in Parliament?’ enquired Mr Humphrys. Replied Mr Prescott: ‘There will be a kind of decision. Because every time we have had decisions on these matters they’ve usually been on the adjournment of the House, but that will be judged at the appropriate time. The Prime Minister will make the decision. That is why he is the Prime Minister, and Parliament will be involved in the debate.’

“On housing and charities you have difficulties about the financing of long-term finances affecting those housing, very real problems and I’m sure that we agree with them, but it was good for conference but it wasn’t much action, it was an awful lot of getting the conference going, yes I will give way.”

“I would like to make some start in my speech.”

“The city of York already is a city, as is my own city of Hull is a city, and that I think is the definition of city and town.”

“It’s not the sanity of the picket lines that bothers me, it’s the sanity of human life.”
Labour “will reduce and probably eliminate the homeless by 2008.”

“On housing and charities you have difficulties about the financing of long-term finances affecting those housing, very real problems and I’m sure that we agree with them, but it was good for conference but it wasn’t much action, it was an awful lot of getting the conference going, yes I will give way.”

“The agreement is taking place. I tell him properly that if his judgement to make a judgement on the public interest and the safety of the community. That is not my judgement, it is the judgement given to the Attorney General.”

“On the other hand, when I look at the urban cities and I look at how we use our money, there are issues where the need to buy issues, quite frankly, and it’s bought at a price and a very discounted price, which we all agreed to be doing, but then it’s sold at a very high price back to the state when they want to do something about improvements. Well, that’s costing us literally millions of pounds.”

“For the first time hypothecating any real increase in fuel duty to roads and public transport and I invite them to say if this hypothecation they are compared to adopt it.”

“I think that we are prepared to tolerate that, because it’s not a policy difference only, it’s all those peoples who haven’t got homes, the doctors and nurses, the people who are in homeless, they’re the ones who’ve been carrying the pain for that.”

“If I decide it is right to make a statement to this house, that’s what I do, that’s what I have done, and it didn’t come from anybody else.”

“The objectives remain the same and indeed it has been made clear by the prime minister in his speech yesterday that the objectives are clear, and the one about the removal of the Taliban is not something we have as a clear objective, it is, but is, but is possibly a consequence that as the Taliban clearly giving protection to Bin Laden and the UN resolution made it absolutely clear that anyone who finds them in that position declares themselves as an enemy and that clearly is a matter for these objectives.”

Posing with a crab in a jar at the Millennium Dome, while Peter Mandelson was standing for election to Labour’s ruling national executive committee, he said to cameramen: “You know what his name is? He’s called Peter. Do you think you will get on the executive, Peter?”

* When asked why a car was transporting him and his wife 200 yards to the Labour Party Conference in 1999: Because of the security reasons for one thing and second, my wife doesn’t like to have her hair blown about. Have you got another silly question?”

“the sceptre of unemployment is stalking the north east”.

* On the Millennium Dome: “If we can’t make this work, we’re not much of a government.”

* “The green belt is a Labour achievement, and we mean to build on it.” (Radio interview, January 1998)

* On the Tories at the 1996 Labour conference: “They are up to their necks in sleaze. The best slogan for their conference next week is ” Life’s better under the Tories” – sounds like one of Steven Norris’s chat-up lines.”

* When asked by a journalist about Peter Law’s decision to quit the Labour Party after 35 years: “Why are you asking me about this? I don’t care, it’s a Welsh situation, I’m a national politician.”

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One Response to “Wit and wisdom of …1 John Prescott”

  1. jeanclaude Says:

    OK there are some pretty silly ones but so do everybody in public life- what have you got against John Prescott anyway, that’s he’s a Northern working class lad?


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