Prince of Darkness Exploits Lords Loophole to Keep His Dark Money Undeclared

With all the focus Sky News / Tortoise is putting on their collating of MPs declarations it is easy to forget the other half of the legislature – the Lords – is often the scene of even murkier activity. Going by his register of interests, you might think 2022 had been a quiet year for Peter Mandelson – the Prince of Darkness registered no speaking events, nor foreign trips. Yet one co-conspirator has been quick to point out that this picture isn’t quite complete. In March 2022 Mandelson took a leaf from the New Labour relic’s playbook and schmoozed an authoritarian regime. He spoke at the Doha summit in Qatar, alongside David Beckham, which must have been convenient considering his consultancy has recently opened an office there. Just don’t tell Sir Keir.

Mandy then took a much-needed break from the stresses of Westminster politics for a visit to the Milken Summit in Singapore. That’s the same Milken indicted on 98 counts of racketeering and fraud and then pardoned by President Trump. Of course, these could well be above board – assuming they were paid by Mandy himself or his consultancy – it’s just not exactly transparent. It doesn’t take a master of the dark arts to work out why Mandy might want to keep the trips on the down-low…

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Mandelson’s Qualified Praise of Rishi

Mandelson speaking on the Newscast podcast:

We’ve now got Rishi Sunak, and what I felt looking at him yesterday is he’s a man with good intentions, strong motivation, would like to do best for the country but I’m afraid he’s come at the wrong time. Rishi Sunak is essentially the tail-end Charlie of British politics.”

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WATCH: Liz Channels Her Inner Peter Mandelson

Mandelson responds: “Unlike me, she’s not going to be winning Hartlepool at the next election – or even Hertsmere”

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Rees-Mogg Piles on Praise for Gove the ‘Tory Party’s Lord Mandelson’

Speaking at a fringe event for the Telegraph, Jacob Rees-Mogg has had some choice words for Michael Gove. Speculation has been growing that the former Levelling Up Secretary, not known for his loyalty, has been on manoeuvres with public budget interventions and a packed fringe schedule of nine events. Mogg stayed true to his courteous nature, showering Gove with compliments, though couldn’t resist a jibe that his schedule of just nine fringe events was “a bit wet really”.

He then went on to add that Michael was:

“One of the cleverest men in politics, a very amiable figure who loves the art of politics. He’s the sort of Tory party’s version of Peter Mandelson, and I’ve always thought Peter Mandelson a good and intriguing part of public life”

Although Jacob’s words were kind, Guido isn’t quite sure Gove would be thrilled at the comparison to New Labour’s own Prince of Darkness…

Other highlights of Mogg’s chat with Chris Hope include an endorsement of grammar schools, Mogg revising his position on the constitutional need for personal electoral mandates and a persuasive defence of Boris Johnson’s competence. It was also good to see Jacob’s adherence to his own stylistic traditions

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Mandelson Says NI Protocol Incompatible With Good Friday Agreement

Peter Mandelson on the Northern Ireland Protocol…

“In my view taken literally and applied strictly and literally, the Northern Ireland protocol does not fit smoothly and easily with the Good Friday Agreement.”

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Mandelson: Labour Needs Some Policies

Yet again, Peter Mandelson has some advice for Sir Keir. It seems the Blairites’ wet dream of a leader is beginning to frustrate moderate grandees; having successfully conducted a purge of the hard left from the party machinery, Starmer’s policy offering remains decidedly thin on the ground. Following the Hartlepool by-election, Mandelson told Labour it needs to learn from Blair. Now he’s got some further suggestions…

Later today Mandelson will use a speech to tell the party to overhaul its economic policy, focusing on raising the country’s growth rate while saying there’s a “desperate need” for the party to retain parts of Tory policy, especially on research and innovation. The arch remainer will say Labour needs to “build a more equitable globalisation” and “pay greater attention to issues connected with national resilience and security” to “mitigate the effects of Brexit.” Specifically on the party’s one remaining Corbynite policy of spending £28 billion every year for 10 years to transition to net zero, he believes:

“Just announcing a massive spend and a big policy goal does not in itself deliver economic growth”

“This only translates into new jobs and prosperity in the U.K. if we are investing in U.K. businesses”

While Mandelson is undoubtedly right about Labour’s almost non-existent policy offering, his own suggestions briefed ahead of the speech seem pretty thin on the ground. We know Sir Keir enjoys LSD – will he be persuaded by Mandy? 

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