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September 28, 2009

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ejh

It's just an extension of the BBC allowing the newspapers to set its news agenda: now the rightwing blogs and press-release machines set the newspapers' agendas, which in turn...

Alex

A theory originated by Tony Blair's private office at his direct orders ("friends of" - let's be clear) and publicised by Robert Harris.* One of the many lows of those years - mental illness as abuse, as a matter of state policy.

We face a shift in the Blairite junta, is all.

*Pity, I wanted to read some of his books, but the man is obviously an appalling cunt.

ajay

I'd be surprised if Harris still counts as a Friend of Tony, given that he wrote a novel with the plot "thinly-disguised Tony Blair is a gun-happy idiot who deserves to be assassinated and his wife is a traitorous adulteress".

dsquared

Harris is first and foremost a Friend of Peter, iirc.

ajay

Hmm. There wasn't really a Mandelson character in The Ghost, was there? There was a Blair, obvs, and a Cherie, and an Alistair Campbell (the Scottish press guy who falls off the ferry) and a Robin Cook, but no Mandy.

Guano

Harris was indeed a friend of Blair through Mandy. The friendship with Blair ended because of Harris' misgivings about the invasion of Iraq. Before that, however, they were thick as thieves.

jamie

I have to say I've been rather impressed by Mandelson recently at least as the only one who can actually get under the Tories' skin (in re Osborne and Deripaska being the major case in point) That "offer" to work for the Tories was a masterstroke. It'll make all the people on the right who distrust Cameron paranoid that he might offer him a job.

Richard J

Which is why I'm not expecting the pigfucker moment until some time next year, when memories will still be fresh for election time.

Richard J

That said, some crude experimenting with a felt tip and the front page of today's Guardian really really suggests that he should change the haircut. Draw a little Charlie Chaplin moustache on the man and the resemblance is uncanny.

redpesto

That "offer" to work for the Tories was a masterstroke. It'll make all the people on the right who distrust Cameron paranoid that he might offer him a job.

...and confirmed to everyone else where all the Blair groupies will end up over the next five years.

ejh

Couldn't somebody from the alternative media monster Andrew Marr for the benefit of YouTube? "Mr Marr, could you comment on rumours that....."

Alex

Marr still hasn't denied the rumours about that goat. It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

jamie

Hey, Marr outed himself on Children in Need a few years back. His portrait of Dr Frank N Furter was as insightful as one would expect from one of our very serious people, but them legs ain't built for fishnets.

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