Mandelson: Chumps is not the collective noun for Bullingdon Club members

Peter Mandelson has been named politician of the year by the Spectator. His speech poked fun at the Bullingdon Club, Boris Johnson, and George Osborne.

The comeback kid, Peter Mandelson has been named politician of the year by the Spectator. His acceptance speech (repeated in full below) pokes fun at the Bullingdon Club, Boris Johnson, and George Osborne:

“Thank you Fraser.

It is a great honour to be the first winner of this prestigious award to come from outside the ranks of the Bullingdon Club since 2006.

I am not sure what the collective noun for Bullingdon Club members is – I am looking for the word.  I know its not chumps.

Anyway, I am sure it will come to me.  On which subject, I am pleased to be following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, the Mayor of London.

Winning this award is another thing to add to the list of things I have in common with Boris.

Both of us have spent happy years working in Brussels. Both of us have come back from very public resignations. And, of course, both of us share a driving ambition to do all we can to undermine David Cameron.

And while we are on the Bullingdon Club theme, I must say it does feel odd being up here this year without George.  I missed him on holiday this year as well.  Was it something I did?

I have reason to be doubly grateful to The Spectator after they so kindly welcomed me back last year with the Newcomer of the Year Award.

And who would have thought a year on –  I would still be in the Cabinet?

So it is with as much relief as pride that I receive the Politician of the Year award today.

I haven’t actually accumulated a new title for at least a few weeks so this is particularly welcome.

Of course, you know me.  I am happy to serve in whatever capacity I can be of most use – as I was saying when I just happened to be in Brussels last Friday.

A long planned engagement.

Before I go I want to pay tribute to Matthew D’Ancona for his transformation of The Spectator.  And he has a ferociously intelligent – not to say increasingly ubiquitous – successor in Fraser Nelson who I have no doubt will keep all of us on our reforming toes.

Boris and I are testament to the fact that political comebacks are possible.

Which is why I look forward to handing this award over to Gordon Brown next year rather than handing it over to yet another member of the Bullingdon Club.

Once again, many thanks.  It is always good to be recognised by my friends on the centre right.”

15 Responses to “Mandelson: Chumps is not the collective noun for Bullingdon Club members”

  1. Mark Hanson

    This guy is becoming a legend! Excellent stuff!

  2. Paul Collins

    Priceless! Although I find him too far to the right, as a member of the Labour Party, I’m glad he’s on our side.

  3. willperrin

    superb RT @tom_watson: Peter Mandelson is a class act. See his Spectator awards speech: //viigo.im/1thG

  4. JohnWillman

    RT @tom_watson: Peter Mandelson's Spectator awards speech: //tinyurl.com/yka7lcd

  5. Alberto Nardelli

    RT @tom_watson He maybe totally wrong on filesharing but Peter Mandelson is a class act See his Spectator awards speech //viigo.im/1thG

  6. Shamik Das

    RT @leftfootfwd: Mandelson's acceptance speech in full – "Chumps is not the collective noun for a Bullingdon Club member" //is.gd/4U52B

  7. Roger Oldham

    Whatever you think about Mandelson, he is a class act- see his Spectator awards speech: //bit.ly/2fqGuE (via @tom_watson)

  8. Jonathan Todd

    //viigo.im/1thG < V good from Lord Mandelson

  9. Jack Gordon

    Pure Gold. Pure Mandy.

  10. Kevin Nellies

    Mandy misses George speech from yesterday's politician of the year award. You can always trust a sailor. //bit.ly/3sfmjX

  11. Ian Robathan

    What has happened to Mandy, I am glad he is back though he is certainly right of me

  12. Brian Jenner

    Peter Mandelson is the politician I admire the most. This is why //bit.ly/3sfmjX

  13. Max Atkinson

    RT @beachwordsmith: Peter Mandelson is the politician I admire the most. //bit.ly/3sfmjX Would take more than that to convince me!

  14. Paul Evans

    Have a look? Mandelson: Chumps is not the collective noun for Bullingdon Club members //url4.eu/n6Zx

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