My Lord Mandelson of Foy

Remind me:

Lord Mandelson triggered incredulity last night by insisting Britain should join the euro – just as the currency struggled with the worst crisis in its history.

The Business Secretary played down turmoil in the eurozone by claiming the single currency had been a \’remarkable success\’ and said it was in Britain\’s long term interests to sign up in the future.

He\’s still getting £70,000 a year from the EU isn\’t he? A £70,000 a year \”resettlement grant\” which is conditional upon him \”upholding the interests of the European Union\”?

It\’s very difficult indeed to think of any other reason he might say something quite so blitheringly stupid.

10 thoughts on “My Lord Mandelson of Foy”

  1. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    which is conditional upon him “upholding the interests of the European Union”

    Exactly. Know any carpenters? I’ll get the rope.

  2. Interesting question: is he getting this payment in sterling or in euros? If the euro were to sink in value, then our Mandy would presumably be taking quite a haircut on his money. So even in terms of base venal calculation, what he is saying is not smart.

    Where do people get the idea that this man is some sort of dark genius? He’s just a creep on the make, a sort of low-grade Michael Heseltine.

  3. Or perhaps he’s realised how much of their foreign debt is held by the financial geniuses in the city, and reckons we’ll also need the TLC when the fertilizer hits the spreader?

  4. Presumably this creep is still a privy counsellor. As such, part of his oath on becoming a member of the PC was that “you will to your uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Queen’s Majesty; and will assist and defend all civil and temporal Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to Her Majesty and annexed to the Crown by Acts of Parliament, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates.” Presumably “upholding the interests of the European Union” is not always congruent with the PC’s oath.

    A generation or two ago I could have “laid an information” against him at the local nick. How does one get somebody arrested/tried for treason in the UK?

  5. It wouldn’t surprise me if that somewhere in all the bureaucracy is a little publicised rule that means that we hold the currency risk.

    BTW we should add the Kinnocks to the list of Brian’s dancers.

  6. Surely taking money from an outside party to ensure they get your support in the House of Lords would be a bit like “Cash for Questions” or “Cash for Honours” wouldnt it?

    Any lawyers out there who know what statute he’s likely to be infringing?

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