I’ve just returned from an evening at the LSE debate entitled ‘The Global Age: Europe, India, China‘ – more here. The debate was all good stuff – Anthony Giddens and Will Hutton talking of the value of European integration, and how Europe’s problems were not thanks to globalisation. Yet apart from Giddens’s snide dig at Gordon Brown (‘we have more to learn from the EU than the EU has to learn from us’), there was little that was new.
So instead of writing a profound analysis of what was said, I would like to instead to focus on the appearance of the last of the 5 speakers at the event, the master of spin himself, Peter Mandelson.
Now it may have been the strong lights in the Peacock Theatre, but Peter was sporting a large, very well groomed head of dark hair that was positively radiant. Mandelson was born in 1953, making him 53 years of age [Wikipedia]. Ask yourself this: how many men of that age have not started to go grey, or a bit bald, or both? Gerhard SchrÃƒÂ¶der reacted very negatively to allegations that his hair colour was not entirely natural [BBC], so what about Mandelson? Further, there’s a whole gender-stereotype issue here: if a 53 year old female politician dyed her hair, would I have even thought to write a blog entry about it? Probably not.
Anyway, long live the Prince of Darkness (even if his speech was a bit dull…)
[Update – 10.10.06]
Seems like the LSE students are all eager beavers but not eager bloggers. I can find only 2 posts about the debate yesterday – this from Globalab that gives a decent summary, and this from Helena – and I live in the same flat as her. So 2/3 of the blogging about the event emanated from 8 Villa Street, Walworth.
(Photo Ã‚Â© European Commission Audiovisual Library)