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BBC NEWS | Politics | Why Blair brought Mandelson back

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.


I'm in two minds about Peter Mandelson. He's actually rather talented in many ways, and might do a good job of making the European Commission seem like a better institution. We should not underestimate what he did with the Labour Party. On the other hand, I suspect there will be a lot of people out there waiting to expose him for anything they can.

But I'd have felt a lot better if the choice had been Keith Vaz or Robin Cook...

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