Mandy's qualities shine through

Again Paul Routledge gets in his favourite phrase "disgraced former trade secretary" (5 and 12 July). However proud he is of his part in Peter Mandelson's resignation, borrowing a few quid from a mate is not going to end a career. Who, apart from the Westminster rabble, gives a toss? I have just finished Routledge's Mandy and, I'm sorry, Paul, but for all your black spinning, it seems your spite is generated mainly by dislike of his sexuality. Thank you, though, for helping me understand why Mandelson will be an important political figure for some years yet.

David Cordingley
Teddington, Middlesex

This article first appeared in the 19 July 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The transport row: who is to blame?