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Back in Government? BERR?
First Joe Kinnear, now this....
and made into a Lord.
With a place in the trade and industry portfolio.
This such a complete u turn. He's coming in from the wilderness.
Bamos tipped as Chief Whip
Mandelson? FUCKING MANDELSON???
I'm taking this as a tacit admission from Brown that he's got nothing new to offer. That was one name I thought would be consigned to political history by now. How many times must a man be forced to resign before you realise he's fucking liability? Not to mention a monolithic shit.
but could you detail what makes him stand out as one
due to corruption for starters. Neither one was proven to be fair but both looked highly dodgy to the casual observer. Interest free loans from rich Labour backers? Unsolicited phone calls to ministers on behalf of rich businessmen seeking citizenship? Something about smoke and fire and lying with dogs...
I must admit to being biased against him due to him having that face. And being coated in smarm. He's just that nmost detestable of entities: a consumate career polician with no particular redeeming features other than a will to somehow survive even though his political life should by rights have ended years ago. Which is a talent in itself, to be fair, but I can't help but want more from my public servants.
And I really don't get why Brown would conjure up the ghost of New Labour past at this point. Surely he'd want to make a clear break from that, put some daylight between himself and Blair? It makes no sense to me.
and he's sort of standing against factionalism by bringing someone completely out of the loop in. Nick Brown moving to Chief Whip, John Hutton as a safe pair of hands to Defence. And Damian McBride quitting as Special Adviser as well.
I think he's trying to solidify his cabinet and stop the infighting.
but what you have described about him, merely seems to describe that which i suspect many politicians are like (I think that many people may feel the same)
wasn't he sacked the second time? And sacked to satisfy the press? And didn't the subsequent enquiry exonerate him?
I think bringing him back makes sense. He's got a load of experience of international trade & finance which will be useful in the current climate. His slimy manipulativeness probably makes him quite an effective minister, even if the public despise him.
As for the ghost of New Labour etc, I'm not sure this is a big problem. I think most people would prefer to have some of the more experienced former cabinet ministers now consigned to the back benches in government than most of the current cabinet. Maybe I'm wrong.
like I said neither case was proven. He was cleared of any wrong doing for his second exit and the first he was cleared of anything more substantial than failing to report a possible conflict of interest. But both seemed very dodgy and to a large chunk of the public Madelson = sleaze. Which is more ammo for those drawing parrallels between this government and the dying days of the last Tory governemnt.
Plus I think it contrasts badly with Cameron's 'judgement is more important than experience' shtick. In Mandleson they've given them a perfect example..
Maybe I'm missing the point: like I say I'm biased against his punchable face and slimy demeanor. But one of the last slivers of respect I had for Brown just ebbed away, and I fear a lot of people are gonna feel the same.
I'm going to have to work to him?!
generally thought to be quite a capable minister, if a bit of an arsehole.
Very eccentric decision.
a tonne of experience in the field, what with his work at the EU. Just a very bizarre decision for Brown of all people to make.
But on the other hand, I think it could be a good thing if he's appointing people who will have some independence and will stand up to him if necessary.
It seems that the current cabinet is deliberately composed of lightweights so that Brown can always get his way.
THANK FUCKING CHRIST.
Gimme a source, I need it for work.
You heard it here first. (but not from me).
nicking bits off DEFRA and BERR....
New cabinet position apparently. Taking your sustainable energy security stuff, and the climate change bit of DEFRA
does this decision not reflect the fact that Brown wanted to put his own man in at the EU, but couldn't afford the upset to certain sections of the Labour Party that this would cause?
Mind you, you'd think Mandelson in the cabinet was a pretty major concession on those grounds.
the backbenchers will be calling for blood after all this 'not a step backwards' conference talk....
its certainly not an ideal situation. but then thats the lot of the labour party right now. a slow decay was definitely not an option. This may yet cause implosion, but at least its a radical shake up. And nicely timed when everyone is talking about the successful conservative conference.
he never thinks about lobbyists. Friday reshuffle?! What a pain in the arse.
until all this is confirmed late this afternoon.
Meaning I will have to redraft them all and send them out this evening. hello, office at 8pm
no can do, sadly. Have to view a house straight after work.
do you work for?
what a shit
my old mucca Damian McBride has been given the boot to something less high profile.
I can't believe how he held down that job so long.
He seems more capable than many and does not set new standards in politician disreputableness
in the Labour Party so that he isn’t toppled by an internal challenge, but I can only see it working in the Tories favour in the long-term. It’s as if Brown has decided that he’d rather be defeated by the ballot box than pulled down from within his own party.
That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mandelson turns out to be the best Trade Secretary in a long time.