William Hague on Archbishop Mandelson
It appears that Cranmer has religio-political competition in the form of Archbishop Mandelson.
But this speech by William Hague is a flourish of oratorical genius:
“The unelected Prime Minister has managed to produce the most powerful unelected deputy since Henry VIII appointed Cardinal Wolsey, except Cardinal Wolsey was more sensitive in handling his colleagues that the noble Lord Mandelson...
“The Prime Minister, who lectures us all on democratic renewal, is appointing peers to positions of power on a scale unknown for decades. There are now more peers attending the Cabinet than at any time since the days of Harold Macmillan...
“And the Lord Mandelson, denied the opportunity to become the Foreign Secretary... has gone around instead collecting titles and even whole government departments to add to his name, now adding up to The Right Honourable the Baron Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the County of Durham, First Secretary of State and Lord President of the Privy Council and Secretary of State for Business and Secretary of State for Innovation and Skills. It would be no surprise to wake up in the morning and finding he had become an archbishop...”