Sorry but this Mandelson thing, why is he regarded as so powerful? He was just an MP who Tony made Minister without Portfolio (meaning he didn't really have a job but just got paid the extra). Then he got put in charge of the Millenium Dome (which should have confined him to obscurity there and then) and finally on the DTI. Only a year after that he got caught fiddling loans for a house and got kicked out which should have been the end of his political career, there and then. But, no, Tony brought him back and put him in charge of NI making absolutely no friends whatsoever. Then came the Hinduja case which should have ended any political career he ever had. Before the next election, it was decided he should stand down and was appointed a EU Commissioner. Now, this is where my problem lies. He was found to be a crook (in my mind, he lied to get monetary benefit, ergo a crook). Off he jolly well goes away from mainstream politics and should have, by all that is great and holy, died a political death (albeit with tons of dosh coming in because he was/is a regular traveller on the gravy train). But, again, no. He comes waltzing back into British politics as an unelected bod and is suddenly "a great statesman" - "a kingmaker" - made a Lord (and what an incredibly debased title that has become) - "the power behind the throne" and is now de facto Deputy Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with more titles and posts behind his name than a great big thingy with titles and posts behind his name. Just what hold does this failed crook have over our so-called leaders? He is a self-professed poof (it would be an insult to gays to call him that) whose private life (which is not-so-private) involving Brazilian boyfriends would have had him kicked out of any self-respecting government in the world but he keeps going on and getting ever more powerful! Will he, eventually, fade into the ether when Labour gets its well-deserved booting out in the near future? Or, as an unelected Peer of the Realm, will he continue to wield an inordinate amount of power? It just baffles me that this person, who should either be in prison or out there being forced to work for a living, has suddenly ended up in the position he is in, getting paid vast sums of money from the taxpayer simply to keep Gordon and his cronies in power. Explanations, please.