The Prescott report
Being at least reasonably sane, and having better things to do with my life, I'm not going to read the whole of the Prescott report
, but I did notice the valuations he put on his gifts from Anschutz.
The Stetson is estimated at £97. I found this retailer
where prices range from $130 up to $350. I can't imagine that Anschutz would have gone for the cheapest option.....
The boots - estimated at £120. This is a tough call, as there is no indication as to brand or material, but the retailer above has them ranging from $140 to $350.
Spurs £207 , belt buckle etc £185. Impossible to tell.
Meanwhile, I just love Prescott's response to the letter from Hugo Swire:
"You wrote regarding my official trip to the United States in July of last year, which I undertook to discuss issues around urban and rural sustainability and regeneration, and to specifically visit, at the request of the Foreign Office, parts of "Middle America". The trip included many official visits and meetings, with local, regional and national politicians, business leaders and workers involved in farming and agricultural industries in Colorado, and visits and keynote speeches in Texas and Los Angeles".
I've been to Colorado, and rather nice it is too, but Iwould not regard visiting a millionaire's plaything as likely to give much insight into Middle America. Nor LA , come to that....
Having gone for a sniff around sundry websites, here are my findings on the committee's membership:
Younger – ‘Wet’ patrician.
Barron – One time Scargill ally but baled out and supported reform of Clause 4.
Curry – Noted euro fanatic.
Dismore – Sound on Israel.
Harvey – Had a road to Damascus, apparently, and changed from eurosceptic to europhile.
Jenkins – Blairite toadie.
Llywd – Anti-Iraq war. Changed his name from Hughes. Poseur…
Mullin – Old school leftie. Delightfully claimed that the Birmingham six were innocent as he knew those who had done it. Not that he named names, of course.
Soames – Noted trencherman.
Whitehead – Green obsessive.
Labels: Prescott, Sleaze, The horror that is the Labour Party