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Spinning the unspinnable.

Byline: GEORGE TYNDALE

SO Tony Blair thought the miserable Scotsman, his onetime Exchequer bean-counter and prime ministerial successor, was "mad, bad, dangerous and beyond hope of redemption."

Well, Peter Mandelson, tell us something we don't know.

The former Prince of Darkness (these days he's more Princess Leia than Darth Vader) is fizzing with excitement about the publication of his memoirs.

He claims Blair reneged on a promise to the Scotsman not to fight a third general election as Prime Minister.

But, let's be honest, that's hardly earth-shattering.

We all know Blair was as adept at hoodwinking people as he was incompetent at raising school standards, managing the economy and protecting Britain's reputation.

The reality is that even Mandy, the grand master of spin, will have a job flagging up much interest in his tiresome tome.

The book, The Third Man, is a self-aggrandising attempt by the former Minister to overstate his role in the not-so great sweep of British political history from 1997 to 2010.

"I was at the heart of the story," Mandy declares.

Excuse me while I yawn. Mandy's coy comments about his relationship with Blair and the Scotsman reminds me of that other mnage-a-trois, hinted at by Princess Diana in her mad TV interview about her relationship with Prince Charles: "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

The only saving grace of The Third Man is that is has stolen the thunder from Blair's own memoirs, due for publication in September.

For that, if nothing else, thank you, Mandy.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2010
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