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Did you know that Lord Peter Mandelson…

Did you know that Lord Peter Mandelson…

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…who is part of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Exchange Fellowship programme, resigned from Tony Blair’s cabinet in disgrace – twice?

In November 2009, Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of blokish Top Gear and god of funny prose, expressed his hatred for Peter Mandelson by writing in his column in The Sunday Times that he wanted Mandelson “to be tied to the front of a van and driven round the country until he isn’t alive any more”.

Apparently, that caused a bit of controversy. (And who said entertainers can’t take pot shots at politicians?)

Not only that, Clarkson also called Mandelson a “conniving idiot” who displays “left-wing fanaticism”.

And guess what? Lord Peter Mandelson, as he is being called in our darling press, was in Singapore recently giving a public lecture on Sept. 21 at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

His advice for the PAP? Continuously forge an emotional bond with voters and ensure that the party does not lose its identity.

Funny, no? It should be because get a load of this:

The Labour party, in which Mandelson played an important role in reshaping and rebranding over the past decade, famously lost power to the Conservatives during last year’s election.

So it is common practice to get somebody who lost to dish out philosophically-sound advice now? Actually yes, considering that Tony Blair, Mandelson’s superior, did not win the Iraq War when he exited office but is still netting millions on the lecture circuit these days… Hmm…

Oh wait. Did we mention something else?

Funny how Mandelson, the former European Commissioner for Trade, was forced to resign in disgrace, not once, but twice, from Tony Blair’s cabinet, is deemed fit enough to talk about giving “more power to the people”?

And here’s the best of the best part yet: Mandelson actually made it back into The Cabinet the third time by Gordon Brown as business secretary (some new post that was created and not without controversy) .

Get me a rope indeed…