The Thick of It


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mandelson book fuss?

What is all the fuss about? Really I can't see it. Other than newspapers trying to make a storm in a teacup. Or, as Roy Greenslade suggests, are newspapers turning on Peter Mandelson for selling exclusive rights to his book to one of their rivals, The Times?

Mandelson's forthcoming book about his inside view of New Labour has attracted criticism as "treacherous" - but from who? Tories like Peter Oborne. It seems to me that much of the criticism has come from those who didn't like Labour and/or Mandelson anyway.

There will be many books about New Labour and it is unsurprising that this one has come out now. I'm relaxed about criticism of Gordon Brown appearing now, he is no longer on the scene and I don't expect Mandelson's book to confirm anything that we didn't already know.


Colm said...

Ok, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and accept that your reaction would be the same if the book was by a Brownite or lefty.

Tim McLoughlin said...

Colm, the difference is that the "lefties" were all criticising New Labour at the time. Mandelson has at least waited.