Britain: Blair’s deputy Prescott in corruption scandal

Blair, Prescott, and other ministers: cartoon

From London daily News Line:

Friday, 7 July 2006

PRESCOTT INQUIRY –visited US billionaire tycoon seven times

PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner Sir Philip Mawer yesterday announced a full investigation into Deputy Premier Prescott’s relations with US tycoon Phillip Anschutz, focusing on his stay at Anschutz’s Colorado ranch in July 2005.

Prescott had said earlier that he would not give up his government office.

Mawer intends to report to MPs before Parliament begins its summer break on 25 July.

He is looking into complaints that Prescott did not log the hospitality in the MPs’ register of interests, something Prescott on Wednesday belatedly volunteered to do.

Meanwhile, new revelations surfaced of discussions between Prescott and Anschutz, suggesting the two men had been discussing plans to turn the [London Milennium] Dome into a super casino since 2002.

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On Prescott’s buddy Anschutz, from CorpWatch:

Named Fortune’s “greediest executive” in 1999, the Denver resident is a generous supporter of anti-gay-rights legislation, intelligent design, the Bush administration and efforts to sanitize television.

5 thoughts on “Britain: Blair’s deputy Prescott in corruption scandal

  1. john prescott

    Stick with your class
    Forty years ago this month a bitter illegal strike ended. A Labour government had used anti-terror legislation against the workers. It was about seafarers fighting for better pay and conditions.

    A pamphlet, Not Wanted on Voyage, was published to defend the strike against slurs in the media. It argued, “There is a wealth of evidence we could produce to show that behind the government, in its resistance to our just demands, stand the international banks, the financial powers which really direct the government’s anti-wages policy.”

    It was co-written by a ship’s steward, union activist John Prescott. Much about John Prescott is now farce.

    Prescott has visited the Colorado ranch of Phil Anschutz. He is the US billionaire developer who has invested in the Millennium Dome – which he wishes to convert into a “super casino”.

    Prescott has seen Anschutz on seven occasions in all. Anschutz has reportedly threatened to reduce his investment in the Dome from $600 million to $325 million, if permission for a casino is not granted.

    Prescott says they talked about William Wilberforce – perhaps they played croquet.

    As the young Prescott wrote, “The goodwill of the bankers, the ill-will of the working class. How familiar a story that is of Labour governments.”



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