Overlooked in the rumpus about Alan Johnson, on Question Time last night, attacking Maggie Hodge over her “racialising housing” stance, was an unanswered question. Towards the end of the show the discussion turned towards how Prescott had disgraced the office of the DPM. Most of the panel and the audience thought he had diminished the office of DPM. Johnson loyally defended Prezza. Someone asked rhetorically of the good looking, eyes sparkling, not unattractive to women, candidate for Prezza’s job, “if he won, would he shag his secretary?” Johnson grimaced without replying. It was a rhetorical question, wasn’t it?
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”