John Prescott dead in the water

There is little scope for scoops here in Oxford, but I thought I had one the other day when I came across John Prescott floating on his side in the Oxford Canal.

With flabby, pallid, bare flesh, blotchy skin, a little cocktail sausage beneath a bloated belly, dull, round eyes and his mouth open, he looked like an obese dead fish. I looked more closely – it was a dead fish.

John Prescott as a dead fish

If I had any scruples about portraying the former Deputy Prime Minister as a dead fish (and I don’t, at all) they disappeared when a photograph in the Times this morning reminded me that Prescott had once compared Peter Mandelson to a rather ugly crab. They were both, notionally at least, on the same side – indeed, I think Mandelson was on one of his probation periods in the Cabinet at the time. Prescott cannot complain if the same is done to him.

By the way, the slug-like thing where Prescott keeps his little sausage is not the result of Photoshop artistry. It was really there.

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About Chris Dale

I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere
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