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Mandy comes to town

Peter Mandelson’s well-trailed appearance for his Prospect lecture before an indulgent and Europhile audience on Europe was a predictable success. But they are still gossiping about the way he suddenly departed from the dinner table of the British ambassador to the EU, Stephen Wall, at the stroke of 10pm (Brussels time). Some uncomfortable conversation ensued for 25 minutes in the absence of the guest of honour. Then he returned, to announce: “Still no peace in Northern Ireland, but at least I made the Nine O’clock News.” “Are all the Blair team such egomaniacs?” quietly enquired the…

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