It looks as of John Prescott's political number is up. Hot on the heels of last months's Two Shags expose and his subsequent political castration, we were treated last week to a photograph of him playing Croquet of all things.
The croquet picture was intended to whip up outrage at the idea of him playing games when he was acting Prime Minister (well it was the Daily Mail a paper not exactly renowned for being a hotbed of progressive thought!) and it seems to have had the desireed effect as we now see understandably jittery backbenchers calling for his departure.
Being brought down a game associated with the aristocracy is utterly ludicrous but Prescott's exit now seems to be inevitable. Much as it galls me to say so I don't see any other option but to let him go. This will of course precipitate a potentially divisive deputy leadership election but what can we do? Watch the party sink further in the mire?
Better still in my view would be to couple the Deputy Leadership election with one for the Leadership at the earliest opportunity. As I have said before, we DO owe Blair an enormous debt of gratitude but his time has passed and he is increasingly a liability to our further fortunes. A double election now (or as soon as possible) would give the new incumbents time to bed down and hopefully guide the party in a direction that will regain our popularity and permit a fourth election victory.