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Europe's lefties are regrouping, bolstered by a third way planning meeting with Peter Mandelson

Mandy’s rave reception

This may come as a surprise in post-ideological Britain, but Europe’s lefties were delighted to learn that Peter Mandelson is to be Blair’s man on the new team bringing Europe’s stodgy old Party of European Socialists (PES) into the broad, sunlit uplands of the third way. After Mandy began his rip-roaring speech to the Socialist International Council in Oslo with the word “comrades,” they now believe that underneath the smooth PR exterior beats a heart of honest red. “I lost count of the number of times he used the word socialism,” reports one enthusiastic Swedish minister.


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