Monday, January 15, 2007

Who Should Buttle for Tony Blair?

Left hand side of the graphic Hattip Theo Spark - Right hand side LOL Graphics
As the Blair Presidency becomes more like a monarchy it is said that our revered Dear Leader is looking to recruit a butler. No, really. I wouldn;t have thought he need advertise the job as he has two people who fit the bill toadying within the Parliamentary Labour Party. Chris Bryant would be a front runner as he displays the right degree of toadying ability. On the other hand, John Prescott does have experience of buttling to Prime Ministers...

PS Prescott was a steward on the ship which took Sir Anthony Eden to the West Indies after his resignation as PM.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

'Who should buttle for Tony Blair?'

I dunno, 'Ask Jeeves'...

Anonymous said...

Are you sure they didn't say,

'Who should battle for Tony Bliar' ?

Howard said...

He went to New Zealand after he resigned not the West Indies, He went there after Suez. It was on the ship to NZ that Prescott was his steward. I am pretty sure.

Maggie Thatcher Fan said...

Peter Mandleson would be just PERFECT ;)

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Curly said...

Typically of most temporary positions, the cards advertising the said vacancy are popping up all over the place, newsagents, telephone boxes,MP's breast pockets, bars on the Embankment, and Curly's Corner Shop, the blog!

Magggie Thatcher Fan said...

Dunno what happened to my post, but I suggested Peter Mandleson would be perfect.

Lizzy Windsor said...

Might I suggest Paul Burrell?

Anonymous said...

Prescott. No other applicants need apply. Funnily enought I already had the photo exclusive.

swedenborg said...

Gordon Brown should be made to do it, they really do deserve each other!

Anonymous said...

Yes, because this is all about Blair and nothing to do with the facilities management and conservation of one of the country's key government buildings.

Anonymous said...

Maggie thatcher fan
If it was mandelsohn the spoons would need regular counting.
If the worst thing comes to the worst maybe shaun woodward could lend blair one of his spare butlers.

Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed that just by getting elected you can go from being a teacher on £30k or a steward on almost nothing, to £150K as an MP. How does your value intrinsically change?

Anonymous said...

Iain, what is the point of comment moderation if you let all these louts advertise their blogs?

Anonymous said...

I can only think of Rhett Butler. Wasn't he in Gone with the Wind, saying 'Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.' Seems right for Blair somehow, although gone with the fairies might be more appropriate.

Anonymous said...

How about Nick Robinson? I'm sure he would be suitably deferent.

Maybe Andrew Marr could do the job next door?

Anonymous said...

But John will be john in the chambermaids bedroom

Kafka said...

No effort should be spared to get a real Jeeves-type butler who could, in due course, advise our Greatest PM in the World ... Ever (GB that is) how to (1) iron his shirts (2) wear a shirt properly (3) make a correct knot in a neck-tie (4) comb his hair (5) not to bite his nails (6) dress correctly when the invitation says black-tie (7) etc etc. Even the thought of it is good for a laugh.

Anonymous said...

Re:Ed
What bloody louts?

Evan said...

Not only was Prescott Eden's steward on the cruise to NZ but Eden also had to reward Prescott for his boxing skills-JP inevitably won the on board boxing contests and Eden presented the prize.

AnyoneButBlair said...

Andrew Marr perhaps, but I think he'd only work under Gordon Brown.
When Gordon get's in I hear he's going to offer the position as butler to John Hutton

Anonymous said...

Chris Bryant is a real bum steer Iain. After all that careerist tosser (tm) was one of the fools who turned on Blair just before conference to try to make him go sooner than he wished. Blair would surely show Bryant the door rather than allowing vice versa.

javelin said...

Is this Butler a taxable benefit for the Prime Minister?

Didn't Mr Brown change the law so that nannies (and butlers) we employees?

Who is employeeing this butler? - it sounds like a bit of a tax dodge by the PM.

Andrew Kennedy said...

I suspect John Prescott is more suited to Under Buttle to Chris Bryant's more dominant position.

Black-ledding the fire places and polishing his masters shoes would probably suit Prescott's intellect and working class insecurities.

Butler Bryant, however, could advise Lord Tony on his appearance. "Always wear crisply laundered Y-Fronts M'Lord - one never known when one will have a photograph taken."

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir or Madame Iain,
I wish to find more on the possible post of Mr Blare's Butler.
I have been so employed by my partner for many years, indeed I have buttled my way to retirement and enduring poverty.
I also own two Jack Russells, who as is their wont, use me as their butler also. The perplexing part of this news is that any honest, dedicated Labourite, would no more feel the need for a Butler than old Rab' himself. On the other hand, a Master who has experienced poverty and acknowledges the 'downstairs' issues of servile servants, could be a most understanding employer.
I am willing to return to the UK from Canada for an interview, paid for at the employer's expense.
Yours, sort of, truly, JM

strapworld said...

Iain,

Yes I am back!

Last week, on West Country TV, a debate took place at the training camp of the Royal Marines, on the armed services. The day before Blair made his speech!

All the contributors, bar one, was highly critical but the commandant of the camp was so far up Blair's rear he MUST be the Butler.

He stated that all the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan had high morale, all the right equipment and were very, very happy.

Whatever his name is HE is the man for Blair.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Chris Bryant involved in the coup last year?

Anonymous said...

Maybe he got the idea on of his freebies

Anonymous said...

Which twit did the Bryant photo?

Iain Dale said...

I thought you had done it! I got it from Chris P's blog but maybe I misunderstood what he wrote...

Anonymous said...

LOL is Labour of Love and if you get a minute you could give me a link too, thanks Iain.

Simon Chapman said...

The Evening Standard, rightly, suggested Blair should be asking Shaun Woodward for advice on butlers.

mitch said...

how about jeffery archer they could tell endless lies to each other about their successes

John Prescott said...

Oh come on Iain I mean bloody hell this is the bloody limit I mean only twice have I been on a press ganged boat to was it Penzance or New Zealand or somewhere but not bloody Jamaica I mean me and the missus we've never set foot in it in the Jamaicans and neither have you Mr Bloody John Bloody Humphreys you don't know what you're talking about and whilst we're on the subject Labour have nearly done doubled the rate of persons underage doing time as workers in pensionable ages not the half of it and so have you Iain and please don't go on I mean don't bloody start going on about that bloody man Mandleson or Blair or that bloody awful woman what's her name anyway bloody lawyers there all the same now where was I oh shit is this microphone still on oh fuck

Inamicus said...

At the risk of being controversial, and taking this away from being purely about Blair, is it really such a bad idea for Number 10 to have a butler for official and/or state functions, of which there are presumably a lot? The White House has them; most other political chief executives or heads of state would have them; many mayors of local authorities have them. Yes, it can be claimed that there are better things to spend the money on but is a small and discreet household staff at Number 10 really such a case of aggrandisement? Why are we so mealy mouthed about this - is it not ridiculous that Major as PM regularly had to send out a gofer to the Whitehall branch of McDonalds to bring back some lunch, or to heat up a tin of tomato soup for himself?

Lobster Blogster said...

History is clearly not your strong point - stick to what you're best at - snobbery perhaps?