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Bleary eyes for honest John..

Byline: Sue Carroll

FOR all her retractions and snivels of regret, Hazel Blears must have known a condemnation of Government policy and the Prime Minister would rebound on her.

Deliberately using language open to misinterpretation is what ministers do these days.

Who's teaching them this stuff? Presumably Charles Clarke, who has taken to writing Soviet dissident-style articles in right-wing newspapers containing guarded, but as subtle as a brick, attacks on party colleagues.

Which is why, in these Machiavellian times it's a joy - and I do mean that - to hear John Prescott talking on Radio 4's Today programme in jumbled syntax of "undressing a crowd of students", Tony Blair's "1967 New Labour pledges" and calling Clarke's disloyalty "dayjay vu".

He may speak in tongues, be cackhanded and drop clangers, but for all that he remains totally unspinnable.

Sadly, we've given up hope of hearing any leading politician speak the truth. But isn't it refreshing to hear one, at last, speaking from the heart? Mr Prescott, we have missed you.

This kind of "dayjay vu" we like..
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 2009
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