Monday, May 01, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: What the Mail on Sunday Didn't Print

Far from threatening to take the Mail on Sunday to the Press Complaints Commission, John Prescott should be sitting down tonight and writing a handwritten letter of thanks to their editor, Peter Wright. Because if the Mail on Sunday had printed the unexpurgated version of Tracey Temple's diary, Prescott would not only have been forced out of office by lunchtime yesterday, but his marriage would be over too. Why didn't they? Because it couldn't be printed in a mainstream Sunday newspaper. The journalists at Associated Newspapers are hopping mad at the way they're being painted - as if they're the guilty party, yet it is their newspaper which has, admittedly in a weird sort of way, protected Prescott. I understand that the deleted pieces were "beyond unflattering", "very grim" and present an "overall impression of ghastliness". There are apparently references to the Deputy Prime Minister's use of Viagra (which didn't always work), the size of his, er, well you can guess and his propensity to take his clothes off in his office. Mr Prescott should be very careful in issuing his threats about reporting the Mail on Sunday to the PCC. He wouldn't want to provoke even more unwelcome publicity, would he?

21 comments:

Simon Gibbs said...

Nooooo!!! My brain is melting!

Anonymous said...

What exactly was it that Prescott had to say about Sir Christopher Meyer? Something about an ambasador who gossips not being fit to chair the Press Complaints Commission wasn't it? And, what exactly was it that Meyer said about Prescott in his book?

So after all that Prescott is going to complain to the PCC. He must be joking.

Andrew Woodman said...

Bet you've been hunting for that picture all night Iain.

William said...

That picture has *surely* got to find its way onto HIGNFY...

(Speaking of which, does anyone else think someone on the production team has got a bet running over whether they can use the Blair clip for every video round of the series?)

islingtonian said...

"it couldn't be printed in a mainstream Sunday newspaper"

So why not print it in the Mail?

The Remittance Man said...

"An' I tol' t'lass tha' it were this long".

Chris Palmer said...

""it couldn't be printed in a mainstream Sunday newspaper"

So why not print it in the Mail?"

There's always one twat isn't there, Iain?

Iain Dale said...

Yes Chris. And what a surprise they're from Islington...

John Prescott ate my hamster said...

If you remove the cancer scares, Roy Hattersley(I always ignore him)and the articles concerning fat women fitting into small dresses after plastic surgery the Daily Mail is an excellent newspaper.
Keith Waterhouse alone is reason enough to buy it.

John Prescott ate my hamster said...

So come on Mr Dale where's this b/day present for gods representative on earth?
Shall we all go to bed and forget about it, or is it worth staying up for?

Anoneumouse said...

Viagra can only be obtained legally in the UK by prescription from your GP;

The drug is widely available on the internet to import from other countries. As soon as it reaches the UK, however, it becomes illegal;

UK law prohibits possession of unprescribed Viagra, or possession with intent to supply.

The Medicines Act 1968
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Rog said...

...So possession or use of viagra (unless prescribed by a doctor) is in fact ILLEGAL eh? Learn something new every day.

Let's just hope that prezza didn't then.

David Chappell said...

I'm sure Prezza would have found a tame doctor in the house...

burmah toad said...

Surely you're not suggesting that Tracey may have, errrrm, entertained Prescott in her very own Admiralty Arch?

Pulsar said...

Vine has just announced at the top of the show that David Blaine the American ill. is going to spend two weeks in JP's office dressed as a woman for his next stunt!

Pulsar said...

Might he be gone by teatime?

DFH said...

the Deputy Prime Minister's use of Viagra (which didn't always work)

Is that what's meant by "John Prescott’s mounting problems"?

Ellee Seymour said...

I thought the MoS report was very tame really. It was lacking in detail and we had to rely on our imagination, now where would that lead us.... ugh.....

Pulsar said...

Given what a southerly blow was in his day Nelson must be very confused!

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