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    If Mandelson is involved, you can pretty much be sure it's shady.
    If Russian oligarchs are involved you can be absolutely damn sure it's shady.
    Put both together and it smells to high heaven.

    I've disliked Mandy ever since seeing the way he sold off the constituency Blair had him parachuted into, Hartlepool (for a Yank, one of the weirdest things about Brit politics is that no local connection is required to be given a seat in parliament, just the backing of a party). It's a real hardscrabble town, but now with a high-end marina--not for locals, a couple of rotting floating superfund sites that he got dragged there to turn the local shipbuilding industry into a (toxic) shipbreaking industry, a deserted shipping theme park, and a couple of big box stores plopped down in the middle of the mess.
    He is proof positive of the old saw that you could stick a Labor Party rosette on a monkey and it'd win in Hartlepool, though I much prefer monkeys to Mandelson. Famously, Hartlepool once hung one as a French spy. Wish they had taken a similar dislike to Mandelson, before he was made Baron Mandelson of Foy, allowing him to continue to annoy us from the House of Lords for decades to come.

    Political Compass says: -8.88, -8.67
    "We never sold out cos no one would buy."--J Neo Marvin

    by expatyank on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 01:42:26 PM PDT

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