Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has defended his decision to accept a peerage\r\n\r\nBBC LINK\r\n\r\n. . . . he said he took the peerage because he wanted to influence environmental policy.\r\n\r\nOh, so that's why he accepted the peerage - he's going to change the system from within and make the world a better place. Not for the prestige, kick backs and banquets.