Sunday, April 30, 2006

Zippers Go 2 Directions

England is having yet another sex scandal mixed with its politics.

Deputy PM John Prescott had an affair with civil servant Tracy Temple. And, when she went public with the details (garnering 10,000UK in the process), Prescott has called her names and discredited her at every turn.

Here's a little secret for you: Dude, we don't care about the details. What we care about is the you are a married man and you committed adultery and now you are trying to wiggle out of taking responsibility for it by blaming the woman you had an affair with. Just say no! The zipper works both ways, up and down.

For Tracy Temple, she could have avoided the entire mess if she had just said no as well. Of course her friends have abandoned her, they weren't really her friends. It's no longer politically expedient for her friends to be her friends.

PM Tony Blair is supposed to decide what the fate of Prescott will be. It will, more than likely, be no more than a slap on the wrist and a request to resign from office. Prescott and his wife may "fix" their marriage and Tracy Temple's life will be in tatters, suffering the worst of it for being the "other woman."

Wouldn't it be nice to live in a world where people can tell each other "no" fearlessly and take personal responsibility for their actions? Let this action start with each individual. Learn to say "no" when you're about to do something incredibly daft and learn that the zipper works in the fully upright position too.

(Bill Clinton, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Jack Abramoff, Condeleeza Rice to the white courtesy phone for a clue please.)


Anonymous Dick Jones said...

An important aspect to this not very exciting piece of news is that Prescott delivered a speech on morality some 10 years ago when the Labour Party was warming up for the final push towards government. In it he set himself emphatically against double standards & secrecy in the private lives of politicians. At that point, presumably, the aphrodisiac of power had yet to work its magic...

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