The blogosphere is awash with rumours about John Prescott's private life and I do not intend to add to that 'blogswarm' here.
I do believe that the private lives of public figures are of public interest (and I explained why here) but I think there are risks in believing that anything that is "common knowledge" in the Westminster village is legitimate material for a blog. Things that are "common knowledge" amongst MPs and journalists are not always true. On this occasion the "accused" 'Tory blogs' have probably stayed on the right side of the line as John Prescott failed to deny allegations of other affairs when repeatedly pressed by John Humphrys this morning. But next time?
The overriding reason why John Prescott should resign isn't, of course, because of affairs or alleged affairs but because of his abject incompetence and policy failures. It was John Prescott himself, who in the earliest months of 'New Labour government', said that the Dome was its 'first big test of competence’. ‘If we can’t make this work, we’re not much of a Government,’ he continued.
With the considerable help of William Norton I've drawn up a list of some of the ways in which Mr Prescott has proven that Labour really isn't much of a government...