Brown hands Mandelson Keys of Heaven

But perhaps Mandy should read Matthew before taking it as a compliment.

Trebots @ Tuesday May 11th 2010 21:52

Gordon Brown at Labour HQ:

Peter has been a rock on which the stability .. of the Labour Party has been built for so many years ...

Matthew 16:13-20:

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus of course also refers to Peter as "O thou of little faith", says to him "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men", and predicts that Peter will deny him thrice.

Brown knows his Bible, so I think we can count this as a late consolation goal.

  • Gordon Brown (4) James Gordon Brown PC (born 20 February 1951) is a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010. He previously served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Blair Government from 1997 to 2007.
  • New Labour (1) New Labour refers to a period in the history of the British Labour Party from the mid-1990s to the early 2010s, under leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The name dates from a conference slogan first used by the party in 1994 which was later seen in a draft manifesto published in 1996, called New Labour, New Life for Britain.
  • Peter Mandelson (3) Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson PC (born 21 October 1953) is a British Labour politician, president of international think tank Policy Network and Chairman of strategic advisory firm Global Counsel. He served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hartlepool from 1992 to 2004, and held a number of Cabinet positions under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
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