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?