Thursday, August 17, 2006

What the fuck is Prescott for?


It's been two days: DK may well be having his stomach pumped in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for all I know. The show must, however, go on. From the BBC:


The Cabinet Office has refused to say how often the Cabinet committees chaired by John Prescott have met. It followed a freedom of information request from the BBC.

Releasing details would make ministers "less likely to make use of the Cabinet committee system and... significantly undermine its effectiveness", it said.

Stand by for one of the most grotesque examples of Sir Humphrey-ism you'll see in many a day:


In dismissing the request, a Cabinet Office official wrote to the BBC: "If ministers and officials suspected that once a decision was reached, information pertaining to the process by which they reached that point was to be released (such as the timing and sequencing of meetings), they might be less willing to engage in full and frank discussion of the available options."

If I'm reading that right (and I might not be, given that I learnt English at school, not I've-a-stick-up-my-butt mandarinese), they're saying that if they told us - after the event - when meetings took place, the lazy bastards might just stop showing up to them. As DK might say, what the sopping panty-cunting fuck?

But wait, there's more;


The official added: "We consider that disclosure of the information you requested would erode the space within which policy is developed, including the convention of ministerial collective responsibility for government policy."

You what?

You could be forgiven for thinking that the BBC had asked to set up a webcam in the toilets, rather than merely [and utterly, utterly reasonably] asked how many times the relevant committees had supposedly met. How many times. That's all. "Erode the space within which policy is developed"? What space? What policy? What the fuck? Bunch of fucking twats.

5 comments:

James said...

"We consider that disclosure of the information you requested would erode the space within which policy is developed, including the convention of ministerial collective responsibility for government policy."

What the heck does that mean in plain English?!! I translate it as "Bullshit, Bullshit Bullshiiiiiiit!!!". Just who the f*** do these wankers think they're fooling................?

Dr Dan H. said...

Roughly translated: "If we told you how we decide things, it'd let you point the finger at whichever minister takes his shoes off to count to twenty".

In other words, if they keep things secret then the buffoon can hide in the crowd. This statement is most interesting, because it tells us some internal politics.

If there is pressure to allow a buffoon to hide behind his smarter peers, then the buffoon must have something good on someone else. The someone else is very likely to be Blair, but who might the buffoon be?

Note what's happened other times idiocy has been seen in Government. Mandelson got told to fall on his sword twice, yet the devious git (valued for his twisty little mind, no doubt) still got a sinecure in the EU.

Blunkett took the fall directly, as did Charlie Clarke. Obviously these two don't know the Big Secret. Reid likely doesn't know It either, but while ever he's doing a good job, he stays.

But then we have Prescott. "Shagger" Prescott, the walking PR disaster area. Prescott the moron we don't allow anywhere near any form of power lest he fuck it up (see also Office of the Deputy PM).
Prescott is seemingly leading a charmed life, and not just because he is the representative Old Labour Dinosaur. Surely there must be another dinosaur less randy, more compliant that could be promoted in his place?

No, Prescott knows something that'd kill Blair dead as a dodo the instant it got out. I wonder what that might be?

Mr Eugenides said...
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Umbongo said...

dr dan h

"No, Prescott knows something that'd kill Blair dead as a dodo the instant it got out."

Or rather ". . kill Blair and Brown . . ."

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