"Mandelson is the only one with the clout, intellect and charisma who could realistically take on the Tories and win."
So said Dr Peter Slowe, chairman of Labour's finance and industry
group, today as he called for MPs to oust Prime Minister Gordon Brown and replace him with the business secretary.
At present, as an unelected life peer, Lord Mandelson is blocked from
taking up some of the most senior government posts, including foreign secretary, chancellor of the exchequer and prime minister.
But all that is about to change, with the government tabling a proposal that would give life peers the right to resign from the House of Lords -
something hereditary peers have been able to do since 1963.
So could it be Prime Minister Mandelson in the future?
Tonight, our presenter Nick Robinson will be talking to Lord Mandelson about his future plans and his plans for the government and UK businesses.
Some Facebook comments:
A masterful performance. Mandy even looked convincingly taken aback at being offered the premiership by Robinson. Bet the Tories wished they had a Mandy, but they only have Alan Duncan, who is not bad ....
July 28 at 10:51pm
I think Mandy is the only one who has lasted the distance and who just keeps on bouncing back. The whole Labour Party will be begging him to take become their leader soon, and will be offering him Brown's head on a platter to prove their fervour, you mark my words. They know he is the only person with more than a snowball in hell's chance of winning Labour a fourth term ...
Not only that, the media want it now. They really really want it. Everyone is infatuated with the idea of a change of leadership to someone more competent. It would make a good story whatever happens. The Ides of August and September are still to come ....
July 28 at 11:04pm