Mandelson appears absolutely determined not to back down regardless of how much of a split the proposals are causing in the Labour Party.“
‘"Unlike some of my colleagues, I don't comment to the press on the internal discussions and workings of the cabinet and its committees." So it was true. And then he was on the phone to Gordon Brown to have Harman put back in her box and everyone dragged into line? "I'm not commenting either way," he twinkles. So that's true as well.’
Judging by his remarks, the Post Office has become a litmus test for Mandelson of whether Labour can still take the decisions that a governing party needs to take. But it is unclear how he thinks he will bring potential rebels back into the fold. He seems to be just relying on the hope that they will blink first.“
“I hope it doesn't turn into a tug of war between the unions and the government with Labour MPs caught in the middle. But that's how it's beginning to look."