A musical open letter to Peter Mandelson about the rather aggressive provisions of the Digital Economy Bill from Dan Bull.
Something was nagging away at Guido after his second coffee this morning; Blairites don’t tend to be delusional, they are political realists, so why try to make their champion President of Europe? Half of Europe thinks he is a neo-con, war criminal. There is no way he would be acceptable to most European social democrats and in any event it is probably going to go to a centre-right figure in the undemocratic Buggin’s turn way Brussels works.
The high representative of the council is pencilled in for a socialist on the same basis – a sort of undemocratic consolation prize. There is talk, denied by David Miliband, that he himself is a strong candidate for that position. Could it be some Machiavellian / Mandelsonian plot to get him the job? The Dark Lord’s mind is subtle in his strategies, David Miliband is the anointed heir to Blair and the person to whom the Dark Lord plans perhaps in the future to play regent. Could they be going through this Blair for President act to boost his credentials? There is always a tiny chance they might pull it off Blair of course…
In the almost certain event that they don’t, “alright” they will say, if Blair can’t be the figurehead, can we give the mini-Blair (who acts as his campaign manager) some kind of consolation prize? EU foreign minister? Oh yes, that will dovetail nicely with the day job. It would also give Miliband a world stage full of photo-ops to provide a backdrop for his post-election leadership campaign.
Peter Mandelson emailed Derek Draper that…
“The thing you need to understand is just how complex Gordon is. We are all complex, of course. But Gordon has developed fewer ways of masking and managing his insecurities. So of course what you say is right. The public personality of a politician is crucial (don’t I know) but you guys have to be careful that you don’t make it worse/more difficult for him to change his public personality by telling him he has got to do so and inundating him with opinions as to how he does it. He is a self-conscious person, physically and emotionally. He is not as comfortable with his own skin as, say, Tony was (is).”
The Times this morning has followed up on Guido’s story about the involvement of Sir Mark Allen, the ex-MI6 point man for Libya turned BP fixer in the release of al Megrahi.
The Times confirms that
Jack Straw was personally lobbied by BP over Britain’s prisoner transfer agreement with Libya just before he abandoned efforts to exclude the Lockerbie bomber from the deal… the Justice Secretary took two telephone calls from Sir Mark Allen, a former M16 agent, who was by then working for BP as a consultant, on October 15 and November 9, 2007.
Depite BP flatly denying last week that it had lobbied for the release of Megrahi The Times reports that a spokesman now says:
“BP did bring to the attention of the Government in late 2007 our concerns about the slow progress in concluding a PTA with Libya. Like many others we were aware that delay might have negative consequences for UK commercial interests including ratification of BP’s exploration agreement.”
What was it Mandelson said when the government was first accused of making a Prisoners-for-Oil deal? “It’s not only completely wrong to make such a suggestion it’s also quite offensive” – looks like we were not wrong, but it was morally offensive…
Guido is certain that neither compassion, the hunt for WMDs or anti-terrorism were the real motive for the release of Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi. Money was the motive. Big money. The released correspondence makes it apparent that the Libyans made it clear that if Britain wanted trade contracts, including the go ahead for BP’s massive oil exploration plans, then Megrahi had to be freed. There were many players who pushed this sordid deal behind the scenes, including Lord Mandelson, but the two key insiders who helped make it happen have so far escaped close scrutiny.
Nick Butler is the Economic Adviser brought into Downing Street when Gordon became Prime Minister. Prior to that he was a senior strategist for BP. He joined the firm in 1977 and helped to develop close links between BP and New Labour in the 1990s becoming V.P. for Policy and Strategy Development from 2002-2006. Butler is also a Labour loyalist who has been treasurer of the Fabian Society for more than 25 years. According to the Guardian, “Since the 1980s, Butler has maintained and extended his political and commercial connections like a model member of the ‘successor generation’. He is close to Mandelson”
Sir Mark Allen is a Special Adviser to BP. Before that he was the senior MI6 officer who negotiated with Seif Gaddafi to end Libya’s international isolation in 2003-04. Allen, a noted Arabist, is a regular visitor to Tripoli on behalf of BP and another firm he advises, the Monitor Group, which has won a lucrative contract to restructure the Libyan economy. When BP’s then Chairman, Lord Browne flew to Libya to discuss oil deals, Mark Allen was on the plane with him.
Two men; one ex-BP now at the heart of government, the other ex-MI6 and now at the heart of BP. They oiled the wheels to release a convicted mass murderer – and now BP will make billions. That was the deal…
They are released here for your reading. Be careful to read between the lines…
UPDATE : Link fixed.
UPDATE II : Let Guido remind you what Lord Mandelson said when it was put to him that there was a deal done: “It’s not only completely wrong to make such a suggestion it’s also quite offensive”.
Lying and feigning queeny indignation…
He is in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
UPDATE : This is going around:
“How typical of the NHS to identify the only non-malignant part of Mandelson and remove it.”
The First Lord was in Berlin today saying it remained an objective for Britain to join the euro. That will have gone down well with Ed Balls and Gordon. Not. Can’t help thinking that the euosceptic headbangers who think Mandy’s ultimate plan is to get Blair installed as EU president might be on to something.
According to the FT there will be a policy-based relaunch of Gordon’s government over the summer which will have this new bouncy ball logo emblazoned on everything that has Mandelson’s blessing. “Building Britain’s Future” is the slogan. Wasn’t there a Mandelson inspired slogan like that in the distant past?
The old joke that you can tell when Peter Mandelson is lying – his lips move, still holds true. While Mandelson is in the broadcast studios telling a sceptical voting public that Gordon “is the best man for the job” in reality he thinks otherwise.
In private, as the Mail on Sunday reveals, his view is very different, in candid emails discussing the mental state of Gordon Brown he is damning, calling Gordon “insecure, self-conscious physically and emotionally, uncomfortable in his skin and angry”.
In other words, psychologically flawed.
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“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”