The Great Debate UK

Mandelson spares Byers’ blushes over Rover

July 6, 2009

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At the very least, it’s frightfully convenient for the British government to call in the Serious Fraud Office to look into MG Rover, a former carmaker. Whether there’s a shocking crime or not, it suits Peter Mandelson, the Business Secretary, to organise a further delay before this gory case is finally closed.

How pensions got lost in the post

June 29, 2009

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Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has finally abandoned the idea of selling slices of the Royal Mail. It’s less than three weeks since his hapless Business Minister, Pat McFadden, had to defend the policy in the House of Commons but political reality necessitated this mercy killing.