Monday, 22 February 2010



Peter Mandelson visits Nottingham

The business secretary said he had been on receiving end of Gordon Brown's temper, but that he had 'taken his medicine like a man'. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA


Dick the Prick said...

Seems a curious phrase to use from a perverted mincer (his prediliction for young boys rather than just being a poof. If a guy of his age was shagging 20 year old girls would it not be plastered all over the tabloids?) who wouldn't know what taking anything like a man was or is.

Has he ever done anything which hasn't involved deceit, misdirection, mendacity and dishonour? I'm not sure what definition he has in mind but round here - taking it like a man means you set your stall out and wait to get your head caved in - if you can stand at the end of it, you've won. ol' dear yesterday called him evil and stated that she thought Scargill was better.

mongoose said...

The story is now that "Mr Brown's main point was to deny something which he had been misled into thinking the book alleged". This spirals so tightly around itself that it is hard to follow it to the end without losing balance.

"Mr Brown's main point was" - our Great Leader has a main point.

"to deny something" - it ain't true, I tells yer.

"which he had been misled" - some bastard lying fucking Tory misled me.

"into thinking" - further dilution of the solidity of the allegation - it's only a thought.

"the book alleged." - the alleged bully, brutally misused and traduced. The defence rests, m'lud. Forgotten by tea-time.

Elby the Beserk said...

I assume he means "up the shitter"?

call me ishmael said...

Have you ever noticed, mr elby, should you ever see the Select Committee hearings which Mandelstein attends, how utterly entranced are their members by this rotten piece of shit, how oleagenous they are, in expressing their gratitude to him, for showing up and being so nice to them? It is truly astounding, they are like teenyboppers at a Wham concert.

Why should this be? It happens with no other person who appears at these things, only Mandy. Are they frightened of him, of what he knows, or are they captivated by him?

I know nothing of these things but surely, if it ever waxed, his attraction now wanes, and yet right honourable members seem to be wetting their pants in his presence.

Answers, please....

And where, mr dtp, do you learn the identity/s of his official lovers, I thought there was a veritable D notice, a la Paxman, le premier Mandelsteinite? And fiercely independent journalist and scourge of the.....and so on and so on.

woman on a raft said...

He might not be all that interesting on his own but as part of the triumvirate he is an endlessly fascinating puzzle. This is the darkside version of the Starship Enterprise - the proper one.

Tony Kirk, not exactly handsome but fizzy and personable enough, riddled with faults, takes command of a ship and is told not to bloody well interfere when seeking out new life forms. Instead, no sooner has he set foot on a planet than he's half-way to invading it.

Back on the ship, Mr Brown-Spock puts his mighty brain, unclouded by emotional concerns, to unravelling the problem. He is harried by the over-emotional Dr Mandy Bones, his competitor for Kirk's affections.

Despite the leggy Hattie Uhuru sitting with that thing in her ear, and Kirk's demonstrated heterosexuality towards her, it is obvious that on the Starship Enterprise the sexual tension is between those three, and that Kirk affects not to know it.

We know that bloke with the regional accent down in the boiler room and the mysterious banging which threatens to shake the ship to pieces: "Ah tell yer, Tony, she canna tek much more 'o this, canya Tracey luv".

At the coms desk are Ali Sulu or is it Ali Checkov, who knows, second rankers, only working the comms desk and flying the ship means that when you get right down to it, they have the power to fly the lot in to the wall and start a war by mis-operating the translator. There is probably a role for Alistair Darling, but he gets killed on the first trip down to the planet surface, so need not detain us except to note that in real life, one would expect the primary political relationship to be between the PM and the chancellor. That it isn't tells us how far away from our own galaxy we are.

Bones loves Kirk, Spock loves Kirk, Bones and Spock hate each other, except there is always that frisson between them that happens when people share a passion. In a world without Kirk, Spock would be the captain and Bones would be all over him, and it would be The Professionals In Space.

The power of Star Trek, what drove the original drama, was this elemental love-triangle. It is Germanic, homo-erotic, Wagnerish, in its thudding black, red and white simplicity. It balances on its point and is always threatening to collapse spectacularly.

We don't watch Mandy Bones for his political insight but for the possibilty that one day he's going to lose it and either slap Spock's face or try to snog Kirk on camera, or maybe vice versa.

'Amok time' was filched from the security cameras that night in Granita. Please note the cutaway to McCoy's face.