READERS may be aware that Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott whose portfolio includes transport, has attracted rather a lot of flak recently. Prescott has been struggling to reconcile the conflicting demands of a policy backing public transport and a Prime Minister terrified of losing votes from discontented motorists.

Concerned about Prescott’s poor image in the media, it appears that the spin doctors decided to see what happens in his press office. The answer was revealed in the Independent newspaper on December 3. Political Editor Andrew Grice noted that ’an inquiry has found his press officers spend hours worrying about what appears in specialist publications such as Railway Gazette rather than the national newspapers read by millions.’ Well, fancy that. n