As I was queuing at the superb Victoria park cafe yesterday, I took advantage of a copy of the "Mail on Sunday" which they had available for customers. I wouldn't otherwise buy such an organ. I read the story about John Prescott's game of croquet. I suppose its significance is emblematic more than anything else. Of course, it is ludicrous that Prescott is getting paid so much money to chair the odd cabinet meeting and make the odd trip to Finland.
But if you think it through, the croquet game is not that shocking. He was with members of his office staff. I have played games on lawns with office colleagues before during "woods meetings" or "training meetings".
Think about it. If you were feeling stressed out and couldn't be arsed to go into work for a day, what would you do? I suspect you would do the odd email on your laptop every so often, interspersed by watching the telly, having a lie-down and maybe having a sit or lie-down in the garden.
I doubt that you would invite over a few office colleagues for a game of croquet.
By the way, it should be mentioned that he was using the Kenneth Clarke croquet kit.