Gordon Brown decided to bring Peter Mendelson back to join the Government as business secretary. Oh dear. Quoting John McDonnel, a left wing Labour MP:

This is an extraordinary step backwards into the worst elements of the Blair era, to reinstate possibly the most divisive figure in Labour’s recent history 

So an interesting choice from Mr Brown. Apparently the move to bring Mr Mendelson back is expected to unite the Labour party stopping the division into Blairites and Brownites. We can see that this is bound to work, right?!

As the BBC reminds us, Mr Mendelson already left the government twice before in disgrace – “once over a loan from his ministerial colleague Geoffrey Robinson” (failure to disclose a £373K loan from another minister) “and once over allegations of misconduct over a passport application for the Hinduja brothers. An inquiry later cleared him of wrongdoing over the Hinduja affair”.

So Mr Mendelson, the corrupt-but-rehabilitated-by-Blair former spinmaster of Labour, is here again. One only wonders that Mr Brown does not care for public opinion on his newly appointed cabinet figures. Or is he on a self-destruct course?

Tried and tested and squeaky clean politicians, anyone?

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