Eric Pickles apologises for John Prescott bulimia joke

The Independent website has the Press Association’s story:

A Tory frontbencher was forced to apologise today after expressing pride that he might have contributed to John Prescott’s bulimia.

Shadow local government secretary Eric Pickles admitted he had been “silly” to mock the former Deputy Prime Minister’s condition at a party fringe event last night.

Mr Pickles told the audience in Birmingham that he could sometimes be a “complete b**tard” to political opponents.

“When old Prescott came out as bulimic I thought, ‘I wonder if I’ve added to that’,” he said.

“I thought for a while, and I thought: ‘Good’.”

The joke was greeted with laughter at the meeting last night.

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  • Thomas Hemsley 1st Oct '08 - 10:06pm

    I may be the only one but I was disappointed at media treatment of Prescott after he admitted bulimia. I thought it was horrible.

  • I’m certainly not a Prescott fan, but I think Thomas is right about this. It was really dismal.

    I’m not sure I’d object to joking about it, all the same – but I don’t really see how this is a joke… Maybe you had to be there, but it reads as though he meant it, more or less – which is more sad than anything.

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