Lord Prescott turns down chance to be London 2012 mascot

A disappointed London Olympic Organising Committee has revealed its second-choice mascots for the London 2012 Olympics, confirming rumours that former deputy prime minister John Prescott turned down the role.

A crestfallen Lord Coe, chair of the committee, said: ‘After the success of our logo, we wanted a mascot that would simultaneously uninspire the nation and be a laughing stock for the public. John Prescott was the obvious choice, but since he decided he was too busy we had to knock up these two crappy bits of weird moving metal instead. It’s a shame, but we hope the British public will come together to scorn and loathe them anyway, as they usually do.’

Coe revealed that the mascots, heralded by the design team as ‘icons for the digital age’, are called Wenlock and Mandeville, named after the constituency represented by John Prescott in Parliament since 1970, at least according to what Wikipedia said last Friday afternoon.

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