The Independent (UK) reports that Deputy PM John Prescott has come out swinging at President Bush, criticizing the US handling of the Middle East, condemning the ‘cowboy’ President at private meeting.
John Prescott has flung it like a monkey right over the pond, condemning the Bush presidency and Bush’s administration described by one single word: crap. According to the Independent, Prescott will be furious at his alleged remarks being leaked to the press, but dissent and discord within the British Cabinet have emboldened some.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s cut and dried assessment of President Bush and his “style” could cause a diplomatic brouhaha, and it will appease those who are in dissent with Tony Blair’s backing of the United States over the bombing of Lebanon.
The Independent reports that the “crap” remark happened at a private meeting in Mr Prescott’s Whitehall office on Tuesday with Muslim MPs and other Labor party MPs with constituencies representing loads of Muslims.
“Harry Cohen, the MP whose constituency includes Walthamstow, scene of some of the police raids in the alleged ‘terror plot’ investigation, said Mr Prescott had definitely used the word ‘crap’ about the Bush administration.” According to the Independent.
“‘He was talking in the context of the ‘road map’ in the Middle East. He said he only gave support to the war on Iraq because they were promised the road map. But he said the Bush administration had been crap on that. We all laughed and he said to an official, ‘Don’t minute that. We also had a laugh when he said old Bush is just a cowboy with his Stetson on. But then he said, ‘I can hardly talk about that can I?’“ According to the Independent.
“There was a very robust exchange of views,” said the MP. “We had a row about community relations. The Deputy Prime Minister was told in no uncertain terms that the Government was relying too much on the elders in the Muslim community who didn’t have the credibility that was needed.”
Prescott is no stranger to tossing the “crap” around. The Independent reports that earlier this month, Prescott rejected claims that he could resign over the fight about his links to the bid by the tycoon Philip Anschutz for a super-casino at the Millennium Dome as “a load of crap”.
Left in charge while Blair is on holiday, Prescott had deal with growing demands for Parliament to be recalled to hash over the Middle East issues.
For more quotes from Prescott visit The Independent Online.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.