Should the office of Deputy Prime Minister remain under Gordon Brown, I do hope the answers that he or she provides to Parliament in relation to their responsibilities are more substantial than John Prescott's have been.
Yesterday he was asked a pretty straightforward question of "how many occasions in the last 12 months he has chaired meetings to consider issues relating to the future of the Post Office network." The answer? "I meet regularly with colleagues to discuss a range of issues."
That's just crap. This guy is, according to him at least, chairing committees to justify his salary. It is neither an unreasonable nor unacceptable question to ask him how many committee meetings he has chaired over a period. Unless of course the answer might be zero?