Peter, now Lord, Mandelson and I have three things in common. Obviously, we’re both members of the House of Lords. Both of us were architects of New Labour (albeit in Peter’s case more prominently than in mine). And we are both better at giving other people advice than we are at taking it ourselves.
It is this third point that has made me think about the words used by Peter last week when he suggested that many supporters of Brexit were “nationalists” who “hate other countries” and “hate foreigners”.
We live in a time of what some people have called “edginess” that borders on something worse. The EU referendum is now the backdrop to everything, perceptible in that darkling of the divide between those who wished to stay within the European Union and those who wished to leave.
Source: It’s my people who voted for Brexit. To call them racist is wrong and divisive : The Telegraph