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    Peter Mandelson oligarch Oleg Deripaska linked to mafia boss
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    The Russian oligarch who gave hospitality to Peter Mandelson is this weekend revealed to have been linked to the former boss of one of Russia’s most powerful criminal gangs.

    A High Court judgment details the alleged social and business links between Oleg Deripaska and Anton Malevsky, a Russian mobster. Malevsky was then reputedly the head of an organised crime gang and his brother Andrei had a 10% stake in Deripaska’s company.

    Deripaska insists that the arrangement with Malevsky was a protection racket that was forced upon him. But a High Court judge, Mr Justice Clarke, said in a preliminary judgment in July that he considers Deripaska may not have always told the full truth about his links to the mobster, who was killed in a freak parachute accident in 2001.

    Deripaska, the richest Russian businessman in the world before the credit crunch, is unable to travel to America after his visa was withdrawn. The decision was made after a series of allegations in American courts about alleged criminality in his business. These claims are strongly denied by Deripaska, who says courts have ruled the allegations lack “factual support” (AtW's comment: during the 90s when people from oil industry (main export at the time) were shot dead left right and center, which was deemed normal, the alluminium industry was considered very criminal).

    However, the alleged involvement of a Russian mafia boss in Deripaska’s early business career is likely to raise new questions over Mandelson’s judgment in accepting his hospitality and holding a series of meetings with him.

    The Sunday Times revealed two weeks ago how Mandelson had accepted hospitality on Deripaska’s yacht, the Queen K, in Corfu this summer.

    Yesterday, in a letter to The Times, Mandelson admitted he had known Deripaska since 2004, despite previously suggesting they had first met in 2006.

    Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat MP, said: “Mandelson must publish all details of his meetings and make it clear where they took place and what the hospitality was. There is a vast difference between meeting someone at an office in Brussels and eating canapés and drinking champagne on an oligarch’s yacht.

    “It is clearly not wise for an EU trade commissioner or British minister to be associating with someone who is banned from the US.”

    Mandelson now faces further questions about all hospitality received from the tycoon. An authoritative source has said Mandelson stayed overnight on Deripaska’s yacht in August, but the business secretary still refuses to confirm or deny this.

    He is also likely to face questions over whether he has discussed Deripaska’s business affairs with British officials. The Sunday Times has been told that in a discussion between Mandelson and senior figures at the British embassy in Moscow, it was said there was a “shared wish” for the oligarch to remain involved in British business. It is not known if Mandelson declared his friendship.

    It is understood that Deripaska does not at present have a visa to visit the UK. This is apparently because he is anxious about being served legal papers relating to the High Court action, in which Michael Cherney, a former business partner of Deripaska, is suing him for £2 billion.

    The preliminary High Court judgment relating to the case, issued in July, details the alleged links to Malevsky, who, according to both the former Russian interior minister and Interpol, was the leader of the Ismailova gang, one of Russian’s biggest criminal organisations.

    In a newspaper report of the court proceedings, Deripaska claimed he was forced into the association with Malevsky. He said Malevsky provided protection for businessmen and plant managers, who were unable to “withdraw from such arrangements without serious consequences”.

    According to the judgment, Deripaska told a Swiss court in February 2005 that he knew Malevsky only by name. But Malevsky’s widow insisted she and her late husband had stayed at Deripaska’s home.

    Clarke said in the ruling: “Deripaska appears to have sought to hide any connection with Mr Malevsky from a Swiss investigating magistrate . . . Mrs Malevsky says that [Deripaska's claim] is completely untrue, and, in the light of her evidence, that seems likely to be so.”

    A spokesman for Deripaska said the claims made in the High Court were “vexatious and utterly without merit”. He was unable to comment on the fact that, according to the High Court judgment, Deripaska himself accepted Malevsky had been part of a protection racket involving his business.

    Mandelson is likely to face further questions this week about the initial account of his holiday in Corfu, a number of aspects of which have been apparently contradicted.

    When first questioned about hospitality on the Queen K two weeks ago, his Brussels spokesman, Peter Power, said Mandelson had been invited on board the Queen K only for drinks. When it was pointed out that an authoritative source had told The Sunday Times Mandelson had stayed overnight on the boat, he refused to comment further on the issue.

    In addition, Power insisted Mandelson had “never” discussed EU matters with Deripaska. This too was contradicted — this time on a blog by Mandelson’s former aide Ben Wegg-Prosser. Power subsequently said he had in fact been referring to only discussions held in Corfu.

    Officials in Brussels insist Mandelson was not involved in any conflict of interest relating to his decisions as EU trade commissioner or his meetings with Deripaska and he will not be subject to an inquiry. Any EU decisions that benefited Deripaska were reached in “an entirely standard manner” without intervention by Mandelson, said David O’Sullivan, director-general for trade at the commission.

    The business secretary is however likely to face further questions about possible conflicts of interest. Less than a month ago, Mandelson said he wanted to see “writing commitments on free trade in raw materials” in bilateral trade agreements. The EU strategy reflected his belief in free trade, but is likely to benefit Deripaska’s aluminium empire.

    MPs will also scrutinise his current role for any possible conflicts of interest. The minister, who was ennobled this month, sits on Gordon Brown’s newly formed National Economic Council, and if it discussed the liabilities of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), he may have to declare his links to Deripaska. The oligarch, who has been badly affected by the credit crisis, is reported to be trying to refinance a $4.5 billion loan from a group of western banks, which includes RBS. (AtW's comment: it's okay Kremlin will bail him out)

    A spokesman for Mandelson’s department said he was unable to comment on any discussion the minister might have had with embassy officials in Moscow. He added that Mandelson would comply at all times with the ministerial code.

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    That Mandelson chap seems to be one slimey git, out of all the billionaires in Russia he was meeting probably the only one who can't even get visa to USA for a long time

    Don't high Govt officials get MI6 files on avoiding undesired people meeting with which can compromise their standing? I suppose Mandelson had no standing to worry about

    Come to think of it Tories don't exactly come out in a good light in this one too.

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    I hope it is now obvious to all and sundry that the attempt to smear George Osborne was indeed a diversionary tactic by Gordon Brown, as I stated on another thread.
    Under Labour we have just become so used to sleaze, that nobody seems to care any more when Mandelson is reappointed to the cabinet for the third time.

    It is so sad that Britain has sunk to this level.

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    "Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don't tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist- I really believe he is Antichrist- I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my 'faithful slave,' as you call yourself! But how do you do? I see I have frightened you- sit down and tell me all the news."
    It was in July, 1805, and the speaker was the well-known Anna Pavlovna Scherer, maid of honor and favorite of the Empress Marya Fedorovna. With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception. Anna Pavlovna had had a cough for some days. She was, as she said, suffering from la grippe; grippe being then a new word in St. Petersburg, used only by the elite.
    All her invitations without exception, written in French, and delivered by a scarlet-liveried footman that morning, ran as follows:
    "If you have nothing better to do, Count [or Prince], and if the prospect of spending an evening with a poor invalid is not too terrible, I shall be very charmed to see you tonight between 7 and 10- Annette Scherer."
    "Heavens! what a virulent attack!" replied the prince, not in the least disconcerted by this reception. He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face. He spoke in that refined French in which our grandfathers not only spoke but thought, and with the gentle, patronizing intonation natural to a man of importance who had grown old in society and at court. He went up to Anna Pavlovna, kissed her hand, presenting to her his bald, scented, and shining head, and complacently seated himself on the sofa.
    "First of all, dear friend, tell me how you are. Set your friend's mind at rest," said he without altering his tone, beneath the politeness and affected sympathy of which indifference and even irony could be discerned.
    "Can one be well while suffering morally? Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?" said Anna Pavlovna. "You are staying the whole evening, I hope?"
    "And the fete at the English ambassador's? Today is Wednesday. I must put in an appearance there," said the prince. "My daughter is coming for me to take me there."
    "I thought today's fete had been canceled. I confess all these festivities and fireworks are becoming wearisome."
    "If they had known that you wished it, the entertainment would have been put off," said the prince, who, like a wound-up clock, by force of habit said things he did not even wish to be believed.
    "Don't tease! Well, and what has been decided about Novosiltsev's dispatch? You know everything."
    "What can one say about it?" replied the prince in a cold, listless tone. "What has been decided? They have decided that Buonaparte has burnt his boats, and I believe that we are ready to burn ours."
    Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part. Anna Pavlovna Scherer on the contrary, despite her forty years, overflowed with animation and impulsiveness. To be an enthusiast had become her social vocation and, sometimes even when she did not feel like it, she became enthusiastic in order not to disappoint the expectations of those who knew her. The subdued smile which, though it did not suit her faded features, always played round her lips expressed, as in a spoiled child, a continual consciousness of her charming defect, which she neither wished, nor could, nor considered it necessary, to correct.
    In the midst of a conversation on political matters Anna Pavlovna burst out:
    "Oh, don't speak to me of Austria. Perhaps I don't understand things, but Austria never has wished, and does not wish, for war. She is betraying us! Russia alone must save Europe. Our gracious sovereign recognizes his high vocation and will be true to it. That is the one thing I have faith in! Our good and wonderful sovereign has to perform the noblest role on earth, and he is so virtuous and noble that God will not forsake him. He will fulfill his vocation and crush the hydra of revolution, which has become more terrible than ever in the person of this murderer and villain! We alone must avenge the blood of the just one.... Whom, I ask you, can we rely on?... England with her commercial spirit will not and cannot understand the Emperor Alexander's loftiness of soul. She has refused to evacuate Malta. She wanted to find, and still seeks, some secret motive in our actions. What answer did Novosiltsev get? None. The English have not understood and cannot understand the self-abnegation of our Emperor who wants nothing for himself, but only desires the good of mankind. And what have they promised? Nothing! And what little they have promised they will not perform! Prussia has always declared that Buonaparte is invincible, and that all Europe is powerless before him.... And I don't believe a word that Hardenburg says, or Haugwitz either. This famous Prussian neutrality is just a trap. I have faith only in God and the lofty destiny of our adored monarch. He will save Europe!"
    She suddenly paused, smiling at her own impetuosity.
    "I think," said the prince with a smile, "that if you had been sent instead of our dear Wintzingerode you would have captured the King of Prussia's consent by assault. You are so eloquent. Will you give me a cup of tea?"
    "In a moment. A propos," she added, becoming calm again, "I am expecting two very interesting men tonight, le Vicomte de Mortemart, who is connected with the Montmorencys through the Rohans, one of the best French families. He is one of the genuine emigres, the good ones. And also the Abbe Morio. Do you know that profound thinker? He has been received by the Emperor. Had you heard?"
    "I shall be delighted to meet them," said the prince. "But tell me," he added with studied carelessness as if it had only just occurred to him, though the question he was about to ask was the chief motive of his visit, "is it true that the Dowager Empress wants Baron Funke to be appointed first secretary at Vienna? The baron by all accounts is a poor creature."
    Prince Vasili wished to obtain this post for his son, but others were trying through the Dowager Empress Marya Fedorovna to secure it for the baron.
    Anna Pavlovna almost closed her eyes to indicate that neither she nor anyone else had a right to criticize what the Empress desired or was pleased with.
    "Baron Funke has been recommended to the Dowager Empress by her sister," was all she said, in a dry and mournful tone.
    As she named the Empress, Anna Pavlovna's face suddenly assumed an expression of profound and sincere devotion and respect mingled with sadness, and this occurred every time she mentioned her illustrious patroness. She added that Her Majesty had deigned to show Baron Funke beaucoup d'estime, and again her face clouded over with sadness.
    The prince was silent and looked indifferent. But, with the womanly and courtierlike quickness and tact habitual to her, Anna Pavlovna wished both to rebuke him (for daring to speak he had done of a man recommended to the Empress) and at the same time to console him, so she said:
    "Now about your family. Do you know that since your daughter came out everyone has been enraptured by her? They say she is amazingly beautiful."
    The prince bowed to signify his respect and gratitude.
    "I often think," she continued after a short pause, drawing nearer to the prince and smiling amiably at him as if to show that political and social topics were ended and the time had come for intimate conversation- "I often think how unfairly sometimes the joys of life are distributed. Why has fate given you two such splendid children? I don't speak of Anatole, your youngest. I don't like him," she added in a tone admitting of no rejoinder and raising her eyebrows. "Two such charming children. And really you appreciate them less than anyone, and so you don't deserve to have them."
    And she smiled her ecstatic smile.
    "I can't help it," said the prince. "Lavater would have said I lack the bump of paternity."
    "Don't joke; I mean to have a serious talk with you. Do you know I am dissatisfied with your younger son? Between ourselves" (and her face assumed its melancholy expression), "he was mentioned at Her Majesty's and you were pitied...."
    The prince answered nothing, but she looked at him significantly, awaiting a reply. He frowned.
    "What would you have me do?" he said at last. "You know I did all a father could for their education, and they have both turned out fools. Hippolyte is at least a quiet fool, but Anatole is an active one. That is the only difference between them." He said this smiling in a way more natural and animated than usual, so that the wrinkles round his mouth very clearly revealed something unexpectedly coarse and unpleasant.
    "And why are children born to such men as you? If you were not a father there would be nothing I could reproach you with," said Anna Pavlovna, looking up pensively.
    "I am your faithful slave and to you alone I can confess that my children are the bane of my life. It is the cross I have to bear. That is how I explain it to myself. It can't be helped!"
    He said no more, but expressed his resignation to cruel fate by a gesture. Anna Pavlovna meditated.
    "Have you never thought of marrying your prodigal son Anatole?" she asked. "They say old maids have a mania for matchmaking, and though I don't feel that weakness in myself as yet,I know a little person who is very unhappy with her father. She is a relation of yours, Princess Mary Bolkonskaya."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    "Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don't tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist- I really believe he is Antichrist- I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my 'faithful slave,' as you call yourself! But how do you do? I see I have frightened you- sit down and tell me all the news."...<snip>
    You forgot to put in comments in italics and highlight sections in bold. However, you can still redeem yourself by having a hissy fit and going back to work on SKA when someone disagrees with you
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    Russian tycoon who clashed with Deripaska has 'sought sanctuary in Britain'
    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 1:27 AM on 23rd October 2008

    A Russian tycoon who clashed with Oleg Deripaska has reportedly fled and sought sanctuary in Britain. (AtW's comment: that was some months ago)

    Mikhail Gutseriev is said to have been told by the Home Office - in turn advised by the security services - that it would be too risky for him to return to Russia.

    The businessman has accused the Kremlin of ' forcing' him to sell his ?3.5billion oil company Russneft to Deripaska.
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    Clash: Mikhail Gutseriev (left) has accused the Kremlin of forcing him to sell his £3.5billion oil company to Oleg Deripaska (right)

    He is staying at a secret address in London, the Evening Standard reported.

    A former labourer from the Caucasus, 50-year-old Gutseriev rose to become head of Russneft in the 1990s but claimed he was hounded out of the company by the Kremlin.

    He found himself investigated on serious fraud charges, which he denied. He soon afterwards left the country, pursued by the authorities who alerted Interpol.

    A few days later Gutseriev's 23-year old son, Harrow-educated Chingiskhan, was killed in a mysterious car crash as he drove his Ferrari through Moscow. (AtW's comment: Ferraries are very good when it come to crashes, he actually survived it did not have scratch apparently, but then allegedly was given some "medical help" and died shortly after he came back home.)

    His father refuses to accept that it was an accident.

    Gutseriev's friends claimed the fraud charges were invented by the Kremlin to pressure him to sell his business at a knockdown price to his rival.

    Deripaska was cleared to complete his takeover of Russneft last week when a court lifted a freezing order on its assets.

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    Good thing that local papers are now printing about these things.

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    Anna Pavlovna's drawing room was gradually filling. The highest Petersburg society was assembled there: people differing widely in age and character but alike in the social circle to which they belonged. Prince Vasili's daughter, the beautiful Helene, came to take her father to the ambassador's entertainment; she wore a ball dress and her badge as maid of honor. The youthful little Princess Bolkonskaya, known as la femme la plus seduisante de Petersbourg,* was also there. She had been married during the previous winter, and being pregnant did not go to any large gatherings, but only to small receptions. Prince Vasili's son, Hippolyte, had come with Mortemart, whom he introduced. The Abbe Morio and many others had also come.

    *The most fascinating woman in Petersburg.

    To each new arrival Anna Pavlovna said, "You have not yet seen my aunt," or "You do not know my aunt?" and very gravely conducted him or her to a little old lady, wearing large bows of ribbon in her cap, who had come sailing in from another room as soon as the guests began to arrive; and slowly turning her eyes from the visitor to her aunt, Anna Pavlovna mentioned each one's name and then left them.

    Each visitor performed the ceremony of greeting this old aunt whom not one of them knew, not one of them wanted to know, and not one of them cared about; Anna Pavlovna observed these greetings with mournful and solemn interest and silent approval. The aunt spoke to each of them in the same words, about their health and her own, and the health of Her Majesty, "who, thank God, was better today." And each visitor, though politeness prevented his showing impatience, left the old woman with a sense of relief at having performed a vexatious duty and did not return to her the whole evening.

    The young Princess Bolkonskaya had brought some work in a gold-embroidered velvet bag. Her pretty little upper lip, on which a delicate dark down was just perceptible, was too short for her teeth, but it lifted all the more sweetly, and was especially charming when she occasionally drew it down to meet the lower lip. As is always the case with a thoroughly attractive woman, her defect- the shortness of her upper lip and her half-open mouth- seemed to be her own special and peculiar form of beauty. Everyone brightened at the sight of this pretty young woman, so soon to become a mother, so full of life and health, and carrying her burden so lightly. Old men and dull dispirited young ones who looked at her, after being in her company and talking to her a little while, felt as if they too were becoming, like her, full of life and health. All who talked to her, and at each word saw her bright smile and the constant gleam of her white teeth, thought that they were in a specially amiable mood that day.

    The little princess went round the table with quick, short, swaying steps, her workbag on her arm, and gaily spreading out her dress sat down on a sofa near the silver samovar, as if all she was doing was a pleasure to herself and to all around her. "I have brought my work," said she in French, displaying her bag and addressing all present. "Mind, Annette, I hope you have not played a wicked trick on me," she added, turning to her hostess. "You wrote that it was to be quite a small reception, and just see how badly I am dressed." And she spread out her arms to show her short-waisted, lace-trimmed, dainty gray dress, girdled with a broad ribbon just below the breast.

    "Soyez tranquille, Lise, you will always be prettier than anyone else," replied Anna Pavlovna.

    "You know," said the princess in the same tone of voice and still in French, turning to a general, "my husband is deserting me? He is going to get himself killed. Tell me what this wretched war is for?" she added, addressing Prince Vasili, and without waiting for an answer she turned to speak to his daughter, the beautiful Helene.

    "What a delightful woman this little princess is!" said Prince Vasili to Anna Pavlovna.

    One of the next arrivals was a stout, heavily built young man with close-cropped hair, spectacles, the light-colored breeches fashionable at that time, a very high ruffle, and a brown dress coat. This stout young man was an illegitimate son of Count Bezukhov, a well-known grandee of Catherine's time who now lay dying in Moscow. The young man had not yet entered either the military or civil service, as he had only just returned from abroad where he had been educated, and this was his first appearance in society. Anna Pavlovna greeted him with the nod she accorded to the lowest hierarchy in her drawing room. But in spite of this lowest-grade greeting, a look of anxiety and fear, as at the sight of something too large and unsuited to the place, came over her face when she saw Pierre enter. Though he was certainly rather bigger than the other men in the room, her anxiety could only have reference to the clever though shy, but observant and natural, expression which distinguished him from everyone else in that drawing room.

    "It is very good of you, Monsieur Pierre, to come and visit a poor invalid," said Anna Pavlovna, exchanging an alarmed glance with her aunt as she conducted him to her.

    Pierre murmured something unintelligible, and continued to look round as if in search of something. On his way to the aunt he bowed to the little princess with a pleased smile, as to an intimate acquaintance.

    Anna Pavlovna's alarm was justified, for Pierre turned away from the aunt without waiting to hear her speech about Her Majesty's health. Anna Pavlovna in dismay detained him with the words: "Do you know the Abbe Morio? He is a most interesting man."

    "Yes, I have heard of his scheme for perpetual peace, and it is very interesting but hardly feasible."

    "You think so?" rejoined Anna Pavlovna in order to say something and get away to attend to her duties as hostess. But Pierre now committed a reverse act of impoliteness. First he had left a lady before she had finished speaking to him, and now he continued to speak to another who wished to get away. With his head bent, and his big feet spread apart, he began explaining his reasons for thinking the abbe's plan chimerical.

    "We will talk of it later," said Anna Pavlovna with a smile.

    And having got rid of this young man who did not know how to behave, she resumed her duties as hostess and continued to listen and watch, ready to help at any point where the conversation might happen to flag. As the foreman of a spinning mill, when he has set the hands to work, goes round and notices here a spindle that has stopped or there one that creaks or makes more noise than it should, and hastens to check the machine or set it in proper motion, so Anna Pavlovna moved about her drawing room, approaching now a silent, now a too-noisy group, and by a word or slight rearrangement kept the conversational machine in steady, proper, and regular motion. But amid these cares her anxiety about Pierre was evident. She kept an anxious watch on him when he approached the group round Mortemart to listen to what was being said there, and again when he passed to another group whose center was the abbe.

    Pierre had been educated abroad, and this reception at Anna Pavlovna's was the first he had attended in Russia. He knew that all the intellectual lights of Petersburg were gathered there and, like a child in a toyshop, did not know which way to look, afraid of missing any clever conversation that was to be heard. Seeing the self-confident and refined expression on the faces of those present he was always expecting to hear something very profound. At last he came up to Morio. Here the conversation seemed interesting and he stood waiting for an opportunity to express his own views, as young people are fond of doing.
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    AtW ~ Peter Mandelson was forced to humble himself in the national interest by sharing the hospitality of a Russian billionaire. And what does he get from his hospitality? Abuse from the press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambros View Post
    AtW ~ Peter Mandelson was forced to humble himself in the national interest by sharing the hospitality of a Russian billionaire. And what does he get from his hospitality? Abuse from the press.
    Quite. Then sometime after their meeting EU duty on alluminium that is sold by Mr Deripaska's company went down I think from 10% to 5%, thus giving Mr Deripaska's healthy increase in profits, 5% on many billions of exports is a lot of money - sure well worth all this caviar etc - the only disappointing thing for the KGB was that they no longer can use that private info about Mr Mandelson to blackmail him - I bet they were displeased with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtW View Post
    Quite. Then sometime after their meeting EU duty on alluminium that is sold by Mr Deripaska's company went down I think from 10% to 5%, thus giving Mr Deripaska's healthy increase in profits, 5% on many billions of exports is a lot of money - sure well worth all this caviar etc - the only disappointing thing for the KGB was that they no longer can use that private info about Mr Mandelson to blackmail him - I bet they were displeased with that
    Trust me, Mandy knows a lot of dirt about a lot of people.

    He'll be OK no matter how many times he has to resign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRC1964 View Post
    Trust me, Mandy knows a lot of dirt about a lot of people.

    He'll be OK no matter how many times he has to resign.
    Not like he can be unelected either now.

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