Saturday, 10 July 2010
The Times today: What the Daily Telegraph editor told Lord Mandelson about David Cameron
Interesting extract from The Times interview by Ginny Dougary with Lord Mandelson today on his views of David Cameron:
“He has a certain ‘born to rule’ thing about him; a sense of entitlement — somebody who thinks that he would be good at governing and being Prime Minister. Indeed, I always remember the Editor of The Daily Telegraph telling me, a year ago, when they had Cameron to dinner, the first question they asked him was, ‘Well, why do you want to be prime minister?’ And he said, ‘Because I think I’d be good at it.’ "
Mandelson flatly refuses to discuss his private life, prompting Dougary to write: "Trying to shift Peter Mandelson from the political to the personal is no walk in the park either; more like an icy trek in a hostile landscape with no signposts to guide you. Nowhere is this more true than on the subject of his sexuality and his private life. It is not that we are obsessed with talking about it but that he is obsessed with not talking about it. He may, in fact, be the most closeted “out” gay out there."
The interview comes on the eve of the publication of Lord Mandelson's new book, The Third Man, being serialised in The Times from Monday.