Comrade Hundal says…
“Class War remains an electorally viable strategy because … it highlights wedge issues Labour needs to advance to narrow their defeat…”
Chinese culture venerates the wisdom of the aged, that must be why they made John Prescott a Professor of Climate Change at a Xiamen University. It surely can’t be for his grasp of thermo-dynamics or theoretical climatology. All the honours and flattery have secured his services as a Sino-apologist, a role in which he follows in the footsteps of Ted Heath, who combined his latter years of sulking with making excuses for the Chinese, greatly enriching himself in the process.
Guido has no idea what the terms of his honourary position are, so far he has only declared copious hospitality from the Chinese regime. This has seemingly secured his trademark one-sided campaigning belligerence on their behalf in return. You would have thought China’s blocking of a deal in Copenhagen would have soured Professor Prezza the climate change campaigner’s relationship with the Chinese. Not a bit, he even wrote a letter to the Guardian loyally pointing out that the Copenhagen Conference failing was all America’s fault, despite NGOs and EU negotiators squarely blaming China. Guido will bet that a letter to the Guardian has never before been reported favourably in the Chinese People’s Daily…
This morning a British citizen was executed by the Chinese. David Miliband had led an international campaign to get the sentence commuted, even Gordon Brown pleaded for clemency. So did John Prescott use his campaigning skills and contacts at the highest level of the Chinese regime to intervene?
No, not a tweet was heard from him…
UPDATE : Prezza managed to mess up a Chinese wedding. Have a laugh watching the wedding video here. At least he didn’t grope a bridesmaid…
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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:
“Sunday, May 10, 1998
Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.
After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.
I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.
They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].
I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”