Saturday, July 04, 2009

I need you today, Oh Mandy

I'm not sure the Sunday papers are going to make happy reading for Peter Mandelson. Simon Walters has the story of how Mandy refused to talk to Gordon Brown until he asked Shaun Woodward to leave the room (hilarious).

Peter Mandelson forced Gordon Brown to throw Cabinet Minister Shaun Woodward out of his No10 office in a bitter power struggle in the Prime Minister’s inner circle. The peer reacted furiously when Mr Brown invited him to a meeting about tactics for combating David Cameron. To the astonishment of Mr Brown and Ulster Secretary Mr Woodward, Lord Mandelson refused to take part in the confidential talks until his Cabinet colleague was ejected. Mr Brown meekly agreed and a humiliated Mr Woodward walked out, leaving Lord Mandelson and the Prime Minister to speak alone.The disclosure is the latest evidence of the simmering tensions in Mr Brown’s kitchen Cabinet.Labour insiders have told The Mail on Sunday that there is considerable resentment at the way former Tory MP Mr Woodward is now among Mr Brown’s closest confidants.Lord Mandelson’s view of Mr Woodward’s skills as a political tactician is said to border on contempt.


But more seriously for Mandelson, the Sunday Times accuses him of covering up a report into MG Rover.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some tasty ammunition for Cameron at PMQs. More humiliation for Brown.

How long can his farcical premiership continue?

Peter said...

Extraordinary!

Mandy has a long way to fall when the day of judgment comes.

Caron said...

I really did not need you to remind me of those song lyrics at this time of night when I need to go to sleep. I will never get them out of my head now.

Not good:-)

Arden Internet Advertising said...

Well, I think I'd ask for Shaun Woodward to leave the room too! He could go into an antechamber and count up his cash.

I can't help wishing I was a fly on the wall in Downing Street. Those flies get all the best stuff!

trevorsden said...

Covering up the MG Rover story was inevitable. Another attack line against Labour.

The Times are running the same Woodward story
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6638323.ece

The point being that browns entire judgemnt is exposed as shredded and worthless.

Dimoto said...

Hmmm, could it be that Mandelson suspects Woodward of being a double agent ?!
Wouldn't surprise me, he doesn't need the perks, and no sane and disinterested person would trust Brown. And Woodward would trade his grandma for a seat at the opera.

Have the Tories really been "begging Adonis to defect to them" ?

Cloyingly Sanctimonious said...

How come you haven't run the story of Tory lies in the Norwich North by-election.

Are you afraid of the truth?

Anonymous said...

Didn't Martin Bormann gain his power by controlling access to Hitler. If you did not do as Martin wanted, no acess and no influence.

Lord Rumba of Rio said...

My counsels are for the Leader's ear, not for lesser mortals. As for combating Cameron, the best remedy that can be used against a design of the enemy is to do willingly what he intends you shall do by force, as Machiavelli noted. Of course I wouldn't expect a mere underling like Woodward to understand that.

simon said...

This is extremely funny more than oot else. Let's face it, Woodward left a good constituency when he crossed the floor. He ended up in a Godforsaken northern sh*thole- St.Helens (the only good thing to come out of there is rugby league)- where he is viewed as a tw@ by many of his Labour voting constituents. Wooders is now in a 'prime' position in a government which is even WORSE than the one he opted to leave. Now 'The Prince of holidaying in Morocco' doesn't trust him. That's the only plus Wooders has to look forward to before Judgement is passed on lyinglabour at the next general election.

JMB said...

Perhaps they should try the method used by the company in Newcastle to improve morale, get all the Cabinet naked for a day. Second thoughts, I don't think any of us could stand even the thought of any of them naked.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5718984/Staff-strip-naked-to-improve-morale.html

Houdini said...

How is it more serious that he covered anything up or did anything whenever? This is an unelected person answerable to no-one, not even Brown it seems.

SHB said...

Just confirms the view that the Labour Party and the Government is run by Mandy.

Also reinforces the view that they are not actually concerned with governing properly but with staying in power.

Meanwhile, in the real world the country continues to burn to the fucking ground.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11.36PM

But Mandelson's only been in power a month. Give him a chance!

Anonymous said...

Shaun Woodward = arslikhan

The triumph of sycophancy over hard work and talent.

Anonymous said...

Handbags at dawn!

simon said...

Btw- whilst handbags are mentioned, isn't Woodward's brother now his sister? I seem to recall yonks ago he was in the press looking like Emily Howard oot of Little Britain.