Excessive use of Force by Steve Payne
says: what if sixteen stone ex-boxer John Prescott had punched that
voter with his stronger right fist? Please note that the opinions expressed
in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 2001, with just
twenty-days remaining for William Hague's Tory Party to "save the pound", an
undignified brawl at a campaign event in north Wales condemned the ruling
Labour Party to unexpected defeat at the General Election.
The Deputy Labour Leader John Prescott had stepped off the so-called
Prescott Express campaign bus at Rhyl where twenty-nine year old protestor
Craig Evans hit him on the side of the face with an egg. Sixteen stone
Prescott responding by hitting the egg-thrower with his right fist,
knocking him out and breaking his jaw.
Despite having the appearance of a skinhead, William Hague (pictured,
left) seized the opportunity to announce that it was not the policy of the
Tory Party to strike innocent people, a ludicrous statement would return
to haunt him in office just a few months later. A National Opinion Polls (NOP)
survey found that the toe-curling footage of a "working class oaf"
thumping a protestor shocked voters in Middle England.
even before Prescott had emerged from the Police Station, Tony Blair had
already dismissed his deputy, refusing to accept the explanation that
"John was just being John".
The troubles for Britain's political class had only just begun. Having
made British sovereignty the burning platform the 2001 election, Wiliam
Hague's Government soon faced a much more insidious threat than the
abolition of sterling by the European Union. Because three months later,
Hague was under pressure to support an angry American Government seeking
revenge for the September 11th attacks. And less than willing partners
would seen feel the effects of some hard-core arm-twisting.
It was a knee-jerk reaction with less intelligence than John Prescott's
says original context and ideas have been repurposed from "The
Prescott punch that changed history" by Michael White (published in the
Guardian Newspaper), and Duncan Head on alternate-history at
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