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Political notes: snap memoirs

As Mandelson publishes his take on Labour’s election loss, what effect are these snap memoirs having on the political system?

By Anne McElvoy   August 2010

Is it that time already? The Labour government has been out of office for less than three months and Peter Mandelson has already published a memoir about his time as the third man alongside Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

Through Mandy we hear from the Berlin bunker of new Labour after the defeat. Somehow it ended up with the dear old prince of darkness doing what he did to Gordon back in 1994: ensuring he stood aside, while formally acting on his behalf: “I was increasingly concerned about the price Gordon might pay if he were seen to be hanging…

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