Oh for God's sake
If Tony Blair wanted to end the parliamentary session with a defiant show of strength he could not have chosen a better way of doing it than by giving Peter Mandelson a job.
A show of strength? What planet do the BBC live on? Mandy is one of the last people who still fancy Tony and so he takes the fawning as a sign of intellignce. Simple management nouis tells you "don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things" - and Mandy is as sweaty as they get.