The biggest news so far in today's Cabinet reshuffle
(a good word for a pack of jokers!) is that Peter Mandelson
is back. Unbelievable, but true. He is the new Business
Despite having to resign twice before from the Cabinet
(he was cleared of one of his alleged misdemeanours)
and despite his previous antagonism towards Gordon Brown
and despite New Labour's already disastrous image with
trust, EU Trade Commissioner Mandelson gets a free pass
back to Government.
reports that "Former Home Secretary David Blunkett
describes Peter Mandelson's return as a "masterstroke".
But John McDonnell is extremely unhappy, telling the
BBC it will "ruin" the reshuffle and "undermine" the
credibility of the government."
Mail reports John McDonnell saying he was 'absolutely
gobsmacked'. 'The whole Labour movement will be utterly
perplexed at what the Prime Minister's motives are,'
he said. 'This is an extraordinary step backwards into
the worst elements of the Blair era, to reinstate possibly
the most divisive figure in Labour's recent history.'
What it shows me is more contempt by the Government
for the British people to reappoint this unsuitable