James Forsyth

Peter Mandelson is over-exposed at the moment

Peter Mandelson is over-exposed at the moment
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There was a time when Peter Mandelson would let out a few notes and the media would dance to his tune. But this weekend there’s been a Mandelson interview in The Times, a Mandelson interview in The Sunday Times, a Mandelson appearance on Sky News and an Obama campaign-style memo from Mandelson and none have cut-through. Part of this is because it is Easter weekend and not much is moving politically. But it is also because Mandelson is doing too much: his appearances have lost their impact.

Mandelson’s ability to shape the news agenda is one of the things that has been keeping Labour in with a chance of preventing a Tory majority. But if he is deployed too much, then Mandelson’s comments risk becoming campaign noise.

 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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