Lord Mandelson, unelected First Secretary
Gordon “Bottler” Brown, unelected Prime Minister
At the end of his first week in power, Mandelson can draw some satisfaction.
His regime has again ignored the electorate which demonstrated at the unavoidable British Local and European Parliament elections, that they were after blood and an immediate change of government.
He has also begun rewriting Government policy with a priority objective of dumping the British Pound and joining the Euro……….
Mandelson pulled a fast one again on “Bottler” Brown and his Cabinet of green bottles by demanding the title of First Secretary, used originally by First Ministers before the title of Prime Minister became the common form of address for the leader of a British Government.
To cement his grasp on power, Mandelson insisted on twice the number of Ministers that report to the Chancellor.
It long ago became unacceptable for a Prime Minister to sit in the Lords, be unable to appear before the Commons. The current situation suits Mandelson and “Bottler” well because “Bottler” keeps the office of Prime Minister and has more time to spend with his expenses, and Mandelson wields the power.
The only fly in the ointment is an increasingly independent Chancellor. Embolden by his success in standing up to “Bottler” and refusing to be moved to make way for Ed “Popeye” Balls, Chancellor Darling is now starting to talk with some realism about tough choices, major tax increases and swingeing cuts in public spending. He appears to be preparing to make cuts across departments of 15% and to make significant increases in direct and indirect taxation. One plan is to increase VAT from 15% to 19.5%. Economists are now claiming that much larger cuts and taxes rises will be needed to pay off the debt mountain already run up by “Bottler”. Any further borrowing will create an even larger problem.
In the meantime, “Bottler” is free to muse over further constitutional wrecking which unlikely to be more than empty talk to divert attention from the growing economic problems.