No leader, no ideas: a party at the gates of Hell | Rachel Sylvester - Times Online
I have realised for some time that Rachel Sylvester is a very acute commentator on British politics, but she floored me with this line.
Lord Mandelson is masterminding the fightback - it is no coincidence that he has a picture of Elizabeth 1 on his office wall.
Politically I disagree with much of Peter Mandelson's apparent agenda, but as a gay man, I am impressed.
Everyone in the UK knows he's gay, but as far as I can see that comes into no-one's estimate of him. He is so supremely smooth as a political operator and interviewee, not to mention as a political tactician, that it is almost a joy to watch him, even when he is lying!