The role of John Prescott represents a strange little footnote to Ms Harman’s kangaroo court.
Prescott, for the record, is a sort of English Berlusconi; similarly amoral. Where the latter (was it Rosanna Rosanda who actually made this observation?) embodies a certain male Italian self perception as gaffe prone and inept (see the considerable Italian literature on ineptitude) but also oddly successful, so Prescott for New Labour has been its inarticulate, supposedly ‘working class’ soul: a buffoon who is also wheedling, stupid and aggressive, insufficiently despised. And successful.
Now Prescott has started a blog. A 15 March entry refers to an interview with the BBC:
‘They called because they read this blog. It’s remarkable how by being your own publisher you can get your thoughts out there unedited and have the mainstream media follow you.’
They called, of course, because Prescott has some status and because of his tireless self promotion. And his blog is a form of viral marketing designed to sell New Labour as a product, a label, as he knows but does not say.
Part of that viral marketing has been to give Ms Harman’s Court of Public Opinion some small semblance of flesh. Hence Mr Prescott’s bogus ‘petition’ against poor Fred Goodwin’s pension, which a vast army of 3,710 New Labour sympathisers have been induced to sign in the run up to red rose day: Multitude 2.0, as it were.