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John Prescott

(1938-), Labour politician; Deputy Prime Minister

John Leslie Prescott, Baron Prescott

Sitter in 3 portraits

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The House of Commons, by Unknown photographer - NPG x27968

The House of Commons

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1986-1987
NPG x27968

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Laurie Pettitt

04 April 2017, 10:52

The first time Sir Philip Warwick saw Oliver Cromwell in Parliament, he described him as being 'Dressed by a poor country Tailor'. He had blood on his little collar and no hat band. He talked with a rough voice but people listened to him. Warwick says ' Little did I know that that man, Oliver Cromwell would become the greatest man in England'.
When John Prescott went into Parliament, he made the same impression. He had a hard time of it because the 'polished' politicians would ignore the content of his speeches and focus on the fact that he had once been a waiter on a ship. What better training for an MP than to have learned to serve people?
John Prescott didn't become 'The greatest Man in England' and he, like Cromwell disappointed many Radicals by taking up with Tony Blair and the Joy Riders.
He had an official Jag and he had his own Jag. Cromwell had his fast carriage in which he nearly killed himself and John Thurloe by taking the reins himself.
Cromwell had Elizabeth and Prescott has Pauline. Both provide the men with emotional Stability.
Sir Philip Warwick describes Cromwell's 'rough and tuneless voice', probably, not a hundred miles away from Prescott's.
Special Gentleman, Mr Prescott.

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