Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is suffering from pneumonia, his office has confirmed.
Couldn't have happened to a
The 69-year-old has been moved to a high-dependency unit, but a spokesman stressed that this was not because his condition had deteriorated.
During his 10 years as Mr Blair's deputy, Mr Prescott has been generally in good health.
One might be tempted to use the phrase "in rude health". What a pity that there is no really suitable idiom to pun with: something like "in fucking stupid health, the freeloading cunt" would be choice.
There are times when I feel that our language, wonderfully flexible as it is, simply cannot convey some things pithily enough...