Peter (my Lord) Mandelson is running Britain, not from the Houses of Parliament but from Lord Rothschild’s villa in Corfu. Nice job if you can get it! I suppose the response to this would be the same as the Tory MP criticised for his expenses claim retorted that we were all jealous. Maybe.
The sad thing is we’re talking about New Labour, a party hijacked by Mandelson and the likes which came into being to represent working people. At every opportunity Mandelson has very publicly shown his love for an opulent life style. He borrowed rather a lot of money for his London home from a very wealthy fellow MP then he was shown cavorting with wealthy and possibly very corrupt Russian businessmen, people who cashed in on the demise of the socialist state. We learn from the Independent report that it was Nat Rothschild, a friend of Mandy, who introduced him and Osborne to the Russian Deripaska.
During the Blair period questions were continually raised about the close links with the wealthy, people like Bernie Eccleston. Scandal was on the horizon. Mandelson needs to decide whether he wants to take running Britain seriously and stop playing the fool. Regrettably this is just another example of how our political elite demonstrate that self-gratification takes precedence over representing the people.
Now there is talk of Peter replacing Brown, if he hasn’t already done so. The Blairites didn’t leave when Blair did and as we have seen Mandy conferred with Blair before coming back into government. He had been in exile in Europe occasionally coming into the public eye. We only glimpsed what he was up to then. One thing that came to light was his part in the European fisheries legislation which would have an extremely adverse effect on African countries dependent on fishing. George Monbiot likened it to Britain in the nineteenth century when millions of Indians died due to British policy of exporting food. But they say Mandelson is the New Labour politician most feared by the Tories. You can see why.