Mandelson’s Vanity Overcame His Good Judgement

Gordon Target

Mandelson owns Gordon Brown to a degree greater than any influence he ever had over Tony Blair.  He is in a sense now more powerful than the Prime Minister, for Gordon Brown’s job is at his disposal.  The only reason Mandelson has not taken the title of ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ is because Harriet Harman would have resigned if he did,  since that title was, much to her annoyance, denied to her.  The last thing Gordon needs is another W.A.G. (Woman Against Gordon).  So the great intriguer now has the title First Secretary of State and Lord President of the Council, the Baron Mandelson, of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham.

He saved Gordon on Thursday night by calling Blairites who were thinking of jumping and cajoling them into staying and publicly supporting Gordon Brown, even though in private they despair of the Prime Mentalist.

Mandelson knows Gordon is not up to the job, knows that he is not even half as good as Tony Blair, knows that he is a weak, dithering and now broken man.  Look at Gordon’s face and you see a man racked with psychological pain, his face betraying his failure.  The Lobby is dismayed that Gordon dares to blatantly lie to them when claiming to possess high moral purpose.  The worst thing about Gordon’s lying are the lies he tells himself.

All this serves Mandelson’s purposes, for it means that he himself can govern just as a cunning old regent controls a young prince.  The strength of Mandelson’s position as effectively the surviving Blairite ringmaster means that if he holds the Blairites on the leash, Brown survives, if he unleashes them, Brown falls.  That power has seduced Mandelson, he has always dreamed that one day he would be able to say “l‘État c’est Moi”.  Now he has engineered himself into a positon where he can say “le premier secrétaire d’État, c’est moi”…

Gordon Booed at D-Day Ceremony by WW II Veterans

Unelected, unwanted even by the majority of the members of his own party*, with no mandate of any kind from party or nation.  He bullied his way to power and it seems he will have to be dragged out of office.  Surely there are decent people in the Labour Party who can put the national interest before the narrow interests of their party?

UPDATE :  The veterans booed him because it is thought that Downing Street encouraged Sarkozy to not invite the Queen so that he could get another photo-op with Obama. The Obama obsession seems evidenced by the Prime Mentalist’s renaming of ‘Omaha beach’ to ‘Obama beach’.  Cringe as our head of government embarrasses the nation yet again:

*YouGov/C4 News poll says the majority of Labour Party members think they would do better without Brown and 53% they would be better off with Blair back in charge.  They would…

Post-Election On-Message “Lines to Take” from Labour HQ

If you have ever wondered how it is that all the broadcasters always seem to end up with on-message Labour talking-heads spouting exactly the same drivel after an election, here is why – Labour HQ emails everyone a briefing on “lines to take” before they go on air.  The degree of control demanded by New Labour means ambitious MPs can’t be allowed to think up their own answers.

Hence we end up with a series of robotic talking heads mouthing the party line.  Backbenchers and cabinet ministers alike will all parrot the same form of words regardless of the question asked.  If you were watching the news yesterday you will have heard the script.  Guido is grateful to a “real socialist” co-conspirator for providing yesterday’s “lines to take”.  If you want to see it, Guido has uploaded the dull script to here.   Hopefully the next leader of the Labour Party will be less Stalinist and permit Labour MPs to think for themselves…

UPDATE : It appears that Paul Waugh has blogged this already.

We Paid the Piper for Brown

The Telegraph has had a closer look at Brown’s receipts and learnt that not only has he charged his cleaning to the taxpayer, he double-dipped for two properties after flipping his designation when he moved into Downing Street.  Gordon flipped the designation of his second home from London to Scotland 10 days after Blair announced he would begoing. This allowed Gordon to carry on claiming a second home allowance after he moved into Downing Street.  He has now been shamed into repaying the imprudent simultaneous over-claiming on two properties. 

This detail is up there with claiming for wreaths; according to the Telegraph

… a detailed analysis of Mr Brown’s expense claims also reveals that the Prime Minister claimed £30 on his office expenses for the cost of hiring a bagpiper to play at a ceremony for veterans.

George Wallace, who played at a “veterans’ badge presentation” at a church in Kirkcaldy, told The Daily Telegraph: “I took a few hours off work but I said I wasn’t worried about getting paid. I was quite surprised when the cheque came from Gordon Brown.” 

Gordon Brown being generous with other people’s money? The story of his political life…



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“[Iain Duncan Smith] took to standing behind me during Prime Minister’s Questions. He stood at what’s called the Bar of the House and occasionally he would lean on my wheelchair. Our working relationship was slightly fraught anyway because I’d been critical of him a lot. I wanted to keep that criticism a professional criticism, not a criticism of him as a person so I never quite built up the courage to actually say: ‘Please don’t do that.'”

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