The Prince of Darkness

#1
With the Coalition government doing quite well, and Labour not really doing much, I noticed that one man has been rather silent for the past few weeks.

I haven't seen Lord Mandelson giving interviews or plugging his book, and this worries me. What is he up to?
 

jarrod248

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#2
With the Coalition government doing quite well, and Labour not really doing much, I noticed that one man has been rather silent for the past few weeks.

I haven't seen Lord Mandelson giving interviews or plugging his book, and this worries me. What is he up to?
Maybe the conservatives have a role for the spunk dribbler?
 

maguire

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#8
#9
"Mandy",the only man born North of Watford,that asked the question in a Northern Chippy whilst looking at the Mushy Peas,"Oh,is that Guacamole you're serving with the fish and chips", and what planet do you come from Peter ? ;-)
 

TheIronDuke

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#10
Dont you worry about what Baron Mandelson is up to. Just carry on and read the Daily Telegraph. And the daily Express. We know whats best for you after all.
 
#11
"Mandy",the only man born North of Watford,that asked the question in a Northern Chippy whilst looking at the Mushy Peas,"Oh,is that Guacamole you're serving with the fish and chips", and what planet do you come from Peter ? ;-)
Mandy is undoubtedly used to licking guacamole from his South American beau's ringpiece.
 
#12
Soory roofie,as good as the story is,and I have used it myself before,however..........
Snopes has another version.What a shame.


The story is that Peter Mandelson when he was making his face known in Hartlepool (a quaint fishing village on the banks of the river Tees in England) went to a fish and chip shop* for a meal to bolster his proletarian credentials. He pointed to the mushy peas and said "And I'll have some of the avocado dip with it."

I've never believed this story, but I tend to use it whenever Mandelson gets into the news. Mooching around this evening on tne interweb worldnet thingy, I found this site. Apparently it wasn't Mandelson who originally said it but an American businessman's daughter who was working for Jack Straw at the time of a hard-fought by-election.


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Working from a disused office in what had been the industrial quarter of Kirby before recession had reduced it to a brick-strewn wasteland, thier only source of food was a chippie nearby in a small row of shops where the shutters stayed up all day as a precaution against vandals... it was so very different from the home life of Shelley Keeling, daughter of a wealthy East Coast American businessman, who was completing her studies by spending a year working in the parliamentary office of Jack Straw, who was in Knowsley North as the candidate's political advisor. One day, a party researcher named Julian Eccles.. invited her to the chippie to taste the local fare. Sunk into the counter was a large metal dish containing something green and viscous. 'That looks delicious; is it avocado?' she enquired. It was mushy peas.
 
#13
He's probably a heap of ash lying in his coffin in Castle Mandelstein, merely waiting for one of his familiars to sprinkle blood on him so he can arise again.
 

BuggerAll

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#14
I'm curious about why you all hate Mandleson so much? Dare I suggest there is a strong element of homophobia.

Certainly the loony left hate him because he was part of the reforming group that dragged the Labour Party into the late 20th Century and not only made them electable but re-electable. I think that was a shame but its not a reason to hate the man because he was an effective politician. In some ways it does him credit that he was able to put aside his personal difficulties with the oaf Brown and help him in the run up to the 2010 election although I beleive he put his loyalty to the Labour Party above his loyalty to the country in supporting the oaf.

As for the accusations of corruption he did not do the things he was accused of. To believe them you have to buy into the propeganda put ouit by then oaf Brown. As for his being a Gucci Socialist and a hypocrite. All socialists are either fools of charlatans, Mandleson is no worse than most and indeed he has never damned aspiration whilst wallowing in luxury as many on the left do.

I actually think he should have been in the Tory Party. The centre of it probably better represents what he believes in rather than the Labour party - bit like Blair really, but he was born with prejudices against the Tories that he could not overcome.
 
#15
I'm curious about why you all hate Mandleson so much? Dare I suggest there is a strong element of homophobia.

Certainly the loony left hate him because he was part of the reforming group that dragged the Labour Party into the late 20th Century and not only made them electable but re-electable. I think that was a shame but its not a reason to hate the man because he was an effective politician. In some ways it does him credit that he was able to put aside his personal difficulties with the oaf Brown and help him in the run up to the 2010 election although I beleive he put his loyalty to the Labour Party above his loyalty to the country in supporting the oaf.

As for the accusations of corruption he did not do the things he was accused of. To believe them you have to buy into the propeganda put ouit by then oaf Brown. As for his being a Gucci Socialist and a hypocrite. All socialists are either fools of charlatans, Mandleson is no worse than most and indeed he has never damned aspiration whilst wallowing in luxury as many on the left do.

I actually think he should have been in the Tory Party. The centre of it probably better represents what he believes in rather than the Labour party - bit like Blair really, but he was born with prejudices against the Tories that he could not overcome.
Are you his agent? The sleaze-bag had to resign TWICE over questionable dealings. If only he'd asked you to vouch for him he could have stayed. IF he was innocent each episode shows a lack of judgement if nothing else.

The man is a self-serving toe-rag.
 

BuggerAll

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#17
Are you his agent? The sleaze-bag had to resign TWICE over questionable dealings. If only he'd asked you to vouch for him he could have stayed. IF he was innocent each episode shows a lack of judgement if nothing else.

The man is a self-serving toe-rag.
He was sacked twice for things he did not do. What lack of judgement did he display? In what way is he self serving, beyond that of which we are all guilty?

I don't agee with everything he did. I certainly wish he had not been so effective as it helped to keep Labour in power for 13 years but I don't subscribe to the irrational hatred of him. In fact I think its a tad sad.

Save your hatred for the oaf Brown. He is a completely different kettle of fish altogether. A traitor to his friends, his party, his government, his country and his monarch not to mention a useless Chancellor and the worst PM we've had in a long time.
 
#18
He was sacked twice for things he did not do. What lack of judgement did he display? In what way is he self serving, beyond that of which we are all guilty?............................................................
Wasn't declaring a ( naughty/illegal) loan one of the things he did not do ( lack of judgement)? Which tends to confirm your opening statement. Can't remember the second "failing".
Yes we are all self serving to some extent, it's just that M has turned it into a fine art!
Nothing to do with him being an uphill gardener, M just comes across to me as an opportunistic c**t.
 
#19
From Wiki (yes, I know it's not the word of God, but I think this is reasonably accurate):
First resignation



Mandelson had bought a home in Notting Hill in 1996 with the assistance of an interest-free loan of £373,000 from Geoffrey Robinson, a millionaire Labour MP who was also in the Government, but was subject to an inquiry into his business dealings by Mandelson's department. Mandelson contended that he had deliberately not taken part in any decisions relating to Robinson. He should have declared the loan in the Register of Members' Interests and he resigned on 23 December 1998. Mandelson had also not declared the loan to his building society (the Britannia) although they decided not to take any action, with the CEO stating "I am satisfied that the information given to us at the time of the mortgage application was accurate." Mandelson initially thought he could weather the press storm, but had to resign when it became clear that the Prime Minister thought nothing else would clear the air.
On 16 October 2000 it was reported that Geoffrey Robinson, the Labour MP, "accused Peter Mandelson of lying to the Commons about the home loan affair that cost both of them their Government jobs."
He was out of the Cabinet for ten months. In October 1999, he was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, replacing Mo Mowlam. In his very first speech in the post he mistakenly referred to himself as the "Secretary of State for Ireland."[23] During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the devolved legislative assembly and power-sharing executive, and reform of the police service.

Second resignation

On 24 January 2001 Mandelson resigned from the Government for a second time following accusations of using his position to influence a passport application.[24][25] He had contacted Home Office minister Mike O'Brien on behalf of Srichand Hinduja, an Indian businessman who was seeking British citizenship, and whose family firm was to become the main sponsor of the "Faith Zone" in the Millennium Dome. At the time, Hinduja and his brothers were under investigation by the Indian government for alleged involvement in the Bofors scandal. Mandelson insisted he had done nothing wrong and was exonerated by an independent inquiry by Sir Anthony Hammond which concluded that neither Mandelson nor anyone else had acted improperly. The front page headline in The Independent read in part "Passport to Oblivion".

At the 2001 general election, Mandelson was challenged by Arthur Scargill of the Socialist Labour Party and by John Booth, a former Labour Party press officer standing as "Genuine Labour",[27] but Mandelson was re-elected with a large majority. This prompted him to make an exuberant acceptance speech, which was televised live, in which he declared that "I'm a fighter, not a quitter" and referred to his "inner steel".
Despite Labour success in the June 2001 general election, a third appointment to the Cabinet did not happen and he indicated his interest in becoming the United Kingdom's European Commissioner when the new Commission was established in 2004. Both of Britain's Commissioners, Neil Kinnock and Chris Patten, were due to stand down. Appointment as a Commissioner would require his resignation from Parliament and therefore a by-election in his Hartlepool constituency. His appointment was announced in the summer and on 8 September 2004 Mandelson resigned his seat through appointment as Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[29][30] Labour won the subsequent Hartlepool by-election with a majority of more than 2,000.

During the Parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009, the Daily Telegraph raised questions about the timing of Mandelson’s second home allowance claim, dating from 2004, saying, "Lord Mandelson billed the taxpayer for almost £3,000 of work on his constituency home in Hartlepool less than a week after announcing his decision to stand down as an MP." Mandelson said in a statement, "The work done was necessary maintenance. All claims made were reasonable and submitted consistent with Parliamentary rules."
 

Wordsmith

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Book Reviewer
#20
Wasn't declaring a ( naughty/illegal) loan one of the things he did not do ( lack of judgement)? Which tends to confirm your opening statement. Can't remember the second "failing".
Yes we are all self serving to some extent, it's just that M has turned it into a fine art!
Nothing to do with him being an uphill gardener, M just comes across to me as an opportunistic c**t.
I've always thought that if politicians are going to pass laws that affect my life, they should have the highest standards of ethics. Then they have the moral right to pass those laws.

If - on the other hand - they are sleaze bags with low standards of personal ethics that fail to properly declare mortgage payments, rip of the expenses system, etc, then I don't want them passing judgment on what I can or can't do.

Wordsmith
 

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