A resounding ‘no’ for Gordon Brown, but Mandelson is up for the IMF’s top job

[Joe Pretovsky, IMF News Contributor]

International Business Times: Following the lukewarm response to Gordon Brown’s animated overtures for the IMF’s top job following the resignation of its former chief, Dominique Strauss Kahn, on sex charges, it seems that British peer and ‘dark lord’ politician, Peter Mandelson, may be up for the job.

According to news reports on the Guardian’s Martin Kettle‘s blog, he has been recommended robustly by China and:  “Mandelson is definitely interested. The coalition might be open to it too. Germany and France are another matter. Mandelson nevertheless ticks a lot of boxes.”

China apparently likes Mr Mandelson very much, in fact, almost too much. That is because he wowed Chinese politicians when during China’s recent problems with milk contaminated with melamine, at the height of the scandal he had drank a whole glass of Chinese yoghurt even after it had come to pass that the melamine added to the Chinese milk menu had given kidney stones to thousands of Chinese babies, had also disposed of four and as a result had been banned worldwide.

Mr Mandelson was admitted to hospital the week after the event for kidney stones trouble amidst widespread appreciation of the Chinese.

Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier, said after the event: “I was deeply moved to see Mr. Mandelson drink the yoghurt”. It seems that so was Mr. Mandelson.

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