The Mail has had a go at me again:
"When the patron saint of hypocrites, John Prescott, launched his bid to become the elected Police And Crime Commissioner for Humberside, he said he was eager to return to the political fray.
Prescott, who was committed to abolishing the House of Lords until he was given a peerage, was also once opposed to elected police commissioners. But presumably the combination of the £75,000 annual salary and the chance to wield some power put paid to that principle as well.
Over the last month, Prescott has returned to politics with gusto. Last week he referred to the House of Lords as a 'bit like a job centre, you have to go down there to get paid expenses, and it just gets totally tiring'. He should know. The old bruiser has claimed £40,980 in expenses from the Upper House in the past year alone."