Dial-a-Cliche

The randy old sod
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The thing that bothers me most about John Prescott’s affair with his diary secretary Tracey Temple, is the cliche factor. (I don’t know how to do accents on this blog, so I’m afraid cliche will have to be read like quiche). He’s a fat, late-middle-aged man in a suit, in a positon of power sufficient to have a diary secretary, and she’s 24 years his junior, thus far younger than his devoted wife Pauline, and blonder, and – according to Tracey’s diary (she is, after all, his diary secretary) – he started flirting with her round the office, then moved into the arena of what might be called sexual harrassment at a tribunal: lifting her skirt to look at her suspenders when she was dressed for an office party, rubbing her back in the office, telling her what he’s like to “do to her” while dancing at said party. Of course, this is all repellent to conjure up in the mind, but compulsive nonetheless and I obviously give thanks to the Mail On Sunday for shelling out a reported two hundred and fifty thousand quid of the money they’ve made from giving away DVDs and boosting circulation in stupid spurts in order than we, the public who vote the likes of Mr Prescott into office, might read of his misadventures, the “randy old sod”, as she describes him. But at the end of the day, did it not once go through Prescott’s mind, as he carried his secretary into the bedroom of his apartment, that he was about to become a big, fat cliche? The age difference? The power play? The suspenders? The morning after pill? (Oh, and that he might just one day be found out and made a national laughing stock?)

As we speak, randy old sods of a similar vintage, with similar wives, in similar offices (albeit not ones paid for by the public), are lifting the skirts of similarly risk-hungry secretaries to look at similar suspenders. They are all, to a man and a lady, quiches.

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24 thoughts on “Dial-a-Cliche

  1. And to all those talking heads and government apologists who say private behaviour doesn’t affect public behaviour …Actually, yes it does! Prescott made a promise to the person supposed to be the closest to him about how he would behave. He’s broken that promise spectacularly. How can the rest of us, the mere electorate, trust him about anything he says, or does, now?

  2. And to all those talking heads and government apologists who say private behaviour doesn’t affect public behaviour …Actually, yes it does! Prescott made a promise to the person supposed to be the closest to him about how he would behave. He’s broken that promise spectacularly. How can the rest of us, the mere electorate, trust him about anything he says, or does, now?

  3. Everyone tells lies, nic. And lots and lots (and lots) of people commit adultery: enough for it to be a cliché. You’re never going to fill a government with people who don’t do these things. And there are, after all, plenty of better reasons why John Prescott shouldn’t be our deputy prime minister.[Alt Gr = Alternat[iv]e Graphic]

  4. Everyone tells lies, nic. And lots and lots (and lots) of people commit adultery: enough for it to be a cliché. You’re never going to fill a government with people who don’t do these things. And there are, after all, plenty of better reasons why John Prescott shouldn’t be our deputy prime minister.[Alt Gr = Alternat[iv]e Graphic]

  5. That cliche trick isn’t working out is it? I also have trouble with a pound sign, which is why I’ve taken to typing out numbers in full.I actually don’t think Prescott should be sacked for what he did (unless it turns out he really abused his privileges above and beyond rumpoid use of his flat), but it’s made him a public fool, and that can’t be good for confidence in a government. I never much liked his appetite for building houses everywhere and he’s runway mad, although I liked him when he punched that farmer.

  6. That cliche trick isn’t working out is it? I also have trouble with a pound sign, which is why I’ve taken to typing out numbers in full.I actually don’t think Prescott should be sacked for what he did (unless it turns out he really abused his privileges above and beyond rumpoid use of his flat), but it’s made him a public fool, and that can’t be good for confidence in a government. I never much liked his appetite for building houses everywhere and he’s runway mad, although I liked him when he punched that farmer.

  7. Tsk, cliché works in the preview, just not apparently in the main post.I don’t see why Prescott should be sacked. And why the fuss over using his ‘grace and favour’ flat for the affair? It’s not as if it’s costing the public purse any more money for him having guests around. Unless they go whacking the central heating up or something.

  8. Tsk, cliché works in the preview, just not apparently in the main post.I don’t see why Prescott should be sacked. And why the fuss over using his ‘grace and favour’ flat for the affair? It’s not as if it’s costing the public purse any more money for him having guests around. Unless they go whacking the central heating up or something.

  9. Cliché looks ok in IE6 on my Windows PC in the preview and the published comments. It also looks ok in the blog entry itself on my Blogger page.

  10. Cliché looks ok in IE6 on my Windows PC in the preview and the published comments. It also looks ok in the blog entry itself on my Blogger page.

  11. alt gr probably stands for alternative graphic. on a mac it’s different though – you type option[alt[-e then the e. Other combos are option-e then i, u etc.let’s try copy-pasting from word:Crème brulée est la piece de résistance sur la résumé. Adiós.

  12. alt gr probably stands for alternative graphic. on a mac it’s different though – you type option[alt[-e then the e. Other combos are option-e then i, u etc.let’s try copy-pasting from word:Crème brulée est la piece de résistance sur la résumé. Adiós.

  13. pound signs – on your mac (OSX) go to control panel, click international icon then click the formats button. at the bottom you have a numbers option which should enable you to set the pound sign which should then correlate as the pound sign on the keyboard . In the Input menu button you can set different inputs too. HTH

  14. pound signs – on your mac (OSX) go to control panel, click international icon then click the formats button. at the bottom you have a numbers option which should enable you to set the pound sign which should then correlate as the pound sign on the keyboard . In the Input menu button you can set different inputs too. HTH

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