Mandelson can bring back the glory days - for the Tories

Now is the time for all good Conservatives to come to the aid of the party - a party called Peter Mandelson. Every one of them should make known their indescribable horror at the thought of the ’Prince of Darkness’ being restored to ministerial life. They should confess their terror at his positive PR genius. And they should praise the wisdom of Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and Chancellor Gordon Brown in seeking to block his return. In that way, they might just persuade Tony Blair to renew Mr Mandelson’s lease on power. It is a move devoutly to be wished by all sensible Tories. Why?

Now is the time for all good Conservatives to come to the aid of

the party - a party called Peter Mandelson. Every one of them should

make known their indescribable horror at the thought of the ’Prince of

Darkness’ being restored to ministerial life. They should confess their

terror at his positive PR genius. And they should praise the wisdom of

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and Chancellor Gordon Brown in

seeking to block his return. In that way, they might just persuade Tony

Blair to renew Mr Mandelson’s lease on power. It is a move devoutly to

be wished by all sensible Tories. Why?



First, Mr Mandelson is a raging Europhile. He loves the euro and hates

the pound. He has vain ideas about the UK leading a federal Europe in

which we should be a mere cipher. He is utterly out of tune with the UK

mood. He is exactly what the policy doctor ordered as a tonic for a

reviving Opposition.



Second, his judgment is deeply flawed, as he himself admitted when

forced to resign six months ago over a massive undeclared loan from then

fellow Minister Geoffrey Robinson. This combination of wrong policy and

bad judgment, being given the kiss of life by the Prime Minister, is the

political equivalent of manna from heaven.



Third, since Mr Mandelson’s lucrative fall from grace - he made a

capitalist profit of at least pounds 200,000 on selling the property

bought with Mr Robinson’s generosity - the Government has been

remarkably wholesome. This was noted as long ago as April by that

Thatcher scourge and Blair lap-dog, Tony Bevins, the Express’ political

editor. Commenting on Mr Mandelson’s ’door-slamming petulance and

legendary sulks’, he added: ’Personal feuds of iceberg proportions have

melted away; the poison has been drawn’. Mr Mandelson’s return would for

Labour be the equivalent of the onset of a new Ice Age and the

resurrection of the Borgias.



Fourth, Mr Mandelson believes in nothing except perhaps the euro. He is

exactly the sort Mr Hague requires pulling Labour’s presentational

strings as he tries to present himself as principle versus

expediency.



Mr Mandelson is the arch-priest of expediency and is entirely expedient

in the way he presents things. He fails the crucial second-hand car

salesman test. Only a fool takes what he says at face value. But the

media hangs on his every indiscreet word. Oh, to be in England now that

Mandy’s back tampering with Alastair Campbell’s wicket.



Finally, whatever he may say, he didn’t win the last election. The

Tories handed it to Labour on a plate. But for the past two years, he

has been elevated in Tory minds into a political demi-god. It is time

they stopped crediting one man for their own stupidity. But not yet -

not until they have him where they need him, living dangerously and

causing Labour endless trouble - again.



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