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Leading Article: Mr Mandelson's driving ambition

Glowing, slanting eyes flicker through the darkness from Westminster. Only this time they aren't red, they are green. Labour MPs watching Peter Mandelson slip through the night in his chauffeur-driven silver Rover are seething with envy. But if this present from the Ministry of Sound night club is really a symbol of Mr Mandelson's rising status within the Labour Party, his opponents should have little to worry about. A silver Rover is not going to be enough to whisk Mr Mandelson into the job as Labour's No 2.

The real deputy prime minister in waiting - John Prescott - has a Jaguar. And he owns it himself.