Monday, 6 October 2008

on Peter Mandelson

What's all the fuss? And why is the Beeb having such an orgasm over it? I actually like the guy.

Yes, you heard correctly.

Fortunately, being young enough, I've only encountered him as EU Trade Commissioner. He seemed to do the job competently and looking back at the 'scandals' which forced him to resign twice, one he was cleared of and the other in hindsight (and in comparison to recent MP scandals - Conway anyone?) was a technicality (although the promise by Blair to be whiter than white, ended up in most of his Ministers looking ghostly once caught out).

It'll be interesting to see the post reshuffle polls,

The more interesting story is Margaret Beckett former Secretary of State, former Leader of the Labour party, former Whip, served in the last three Labour governments and now a mere Minister in charge of Housing... under... Hazel Blears??? Gross.

Kudos to Tony McNulty as well.


Jonny Wright 6 October 2008 at 18:38  

I suppose it's caused so much interest because it's so unlikely, because Mandelson's such a big name, and because he's been long known to get on extremely badly with Brown, who was expected to fire him (or rather, refuse to reappoint him) as EU Commissioner in 2009. Beckett is another interesting one - she was widely tipped to be booted straight out of the cabinet on Brown's election as Labour leader, which is of course exactly what happened.

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