Thursday, November 30, 2006

Vince Cable and ballroom dancing

I didn't see PMQs yesterday but I heard that super annuated Prescott stood in for Blair whilst the latter was sunning himself in Latvia. Vince therefore led for us on PMQs. I don't know what question Vince asked but I heard about the response from Prescott. It was Mark Littlewood, head of media for the Lib Dems who told me. He arrived at my desk shortly afterwards asking for material on Labour uturns since Prescott was first elected in 1970. The reason for this was Prescott had had a go at Vince about having stood for Labour in the 1970s, the Alliance in the 1980s and the Lib Dems in the 1990s. No wonder Vince, he claimed, was keen on ballroom dancing.

Well, typical self-righteous, sanctimonious gobshite from Labour. It took me only a few minutes to dig up Labour uturns on privatisation, renationalisation, unilateralism, council house sales, withdrawal from Europe, independence for the Bank of England and so on. Seems as though Prescott has faced both ways on all the big issues during his Parliamentary career. Now that he has nothing to do, perhaps he should spend some time taking up ballroom dancing.

I'm sitting on the train heading to Victoria at the moment. The train has half the carriages it normally has. So we are packed in like the proverbial sardines and we still have five stations to go!

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Jonny Wright said...

You forgot to mention one particularly horrible U-turn (as reported here):

"Instead of wasting hundreds of millions of pounds on compulsory ID cards as the Tory Right demand, let that money provide thousands more police officers on the beat in our local communities."
--Tony Blair (1995)

Aidan said...

If the Alliance and the Liberal Democrats are to be counted as two distinct parties (which given that the two never competed with the one turning into the other seems somewhat unfair) then John Prescott has belonged to two parties at least - Labour and New Labour, whilst the person sat next to him, Peter Hain, has been a Liberal, in Labour and in New Labour.

In any case, Cable was in the Liberal party whilst at Cambridge.