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Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.

Dylan Jones: 'Sarah Brown’s book could actually shine some light on the comings and goings of Downing Street

Some people have rather unkindly suggested that one of the chapters in Gordon Brown's forthcoming autobiography echoes a scene from The Shining: chapter 34 allegedly contains only the words, "It started in America," repeated over and over for 30 pages.

The Week In Radio: Happy campers who are still raising a laugh

It's been quite a week for peering into the male psyche, what with the launch of 5 Live's Men's Hour and Peter Mandelson's analysis of the Tony and Gordon's epic tiff. Somehow it all seemed so much easier back in the 1950s, when men were men, sex was saucy, and psychoanalysis wasn't allowed. At least that was the view of Kenneth Williams in Radio 2's exploration of the Carry On films, Carry On Forever! "Psychoanalysis is a load of rubbish," remarked Williams. "It's very dangerous thinking you can understand people, to accept is the whole point."

Mandelson: Author of his own downfall ...

The war of words may have entertained the chattering classes for days, but publication of 'The Third Man', Lord Mandelson's memoirs, left him with scarcely a friend in the Labour Party

Pariah! Reaction to 'The Third Man'

His controversial return to the front benches two years ago helped to shore up Gordon Brown's government and finally won him the admiration of his party. Now Peter Mandelson has thrown it all away – for money

Mandy: If he was made of chocolate, he'd eat himself

There were, he says, three people in the marriage dominating New Labour: Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and 'The Third Man', Peter Mandelson. Before his autobiography goes on sale, Brian Brady examines the eponymous hero

'Mandy the movie' hits the cutting room floor after star's wobble

A further twist in the tale of Lord Mandelson and the Rothschild family was played out yesterday in a small market town in Wales, when the former business secretary revoked permission for Hannah Rothschild to show a documentary she has made of the old family friend.

The Brown paradox

His 'psychological flaws' have become notorious. And yet, says Donald Macintyre, Gordon Brown may just have saved his party

Peter Mandelson: Don't gamble away the recovery

The Tories got the big judgements on the recession wrong. Now, in their ideological zeal for cuts, they want to take a massive risk

Peter Mandelson: How Cameron became one of the Great Ignored

The Business Secretary argues the Conservative leader struggles because his flagship idea lacks substance

Debate Sketch: Did you hear Mandelson praising Clegg?

There was a slight sense of sulphur in the air in the Manchester media room; surely the Iceland volcano couldn't have got here so quickly? No, it was Peter Mandelson gliding into the hall.

Going live: party leaders prepare to make TV history

Brown, Cameron and Clegg do battle before the nation this week. Michael Cockerell on a spectacle that's been 46 years in the making

Dominic Lawson: Lord Mandelson makes the case for Divine Right

New Labour has amply demonstrated its unfitness for office over a dozen years

Econoblog: The seeds of a new British green motor industry

Good for Peter Mandelson. For just a few hundred million pounds he seems to have single-handedly created an entire new industry.

Steve Richards: Truly Brown is the great survivor

No one can survive as long as the PM without having a few epic strengths
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