The Prescott grovelling apology to the ever-loving conference audience and his watery eyed wifey, Mrs Hairspray, sort of reminded Mrs Alfie of that old joke…. The one about the balloon who goes to balloon school with a very sharp pin. Not surprisingly he is hauled before the balloon headmaster for a good balloony tongue lashing….
"We are very disappointed. Not only have you let yourself down, you’ve also let me, your school friends and all the teachers down, in fact you’ve let the whole balloon school down"….
The only difference being that Prescott had let the whole country down…. And still does.