Lord Mandelson to be appointed Defender of the Faith
There is something of a decomposing inevitability in the news that 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 is to become Minister of
His task will be to explain the inexplicable, market the unmarketable, defend the indefensible, excuse the inexcusable and sell the unsellable – Gordon Brown and Labour. He will need to be at once an egregious estate agent, a sophist second-hand car salesman and a pimping politician.
It is a curious appointment, for if, as is rumoured, the First Minister is to make weekly televised briefings, it will considerably increase his stature and profile; indeed, he will appear positively presidential, even prime ministerial...