Some intriguing news from Hull.
They are to revive the ancient title of High Steward of Hull. The honorary post was abolished in 1974 as part of a local government re-organisation. Historically, the office holder was expected to act as a highly-placed lobbyist for the interests of Hull within central government in return for the honour of the title.
A condition of any appointment was for the postholder to be a Lord and a Privy Councillor.
Fortunately for Hull, they already have an ex-’steward’ who is both a Lord and a Privy Councillor. Lord Prescott – or Baron Prescott, as the famously ’down to earth’ ex-steward prefers to be known these days…
Curiously, they have overlooked him for the post, and offered it to the man he once described as a ‘crab’. Lord Mandelson.
I understand that the Blairite Alan Johnson, MP for Hessle, is the man behind this offer of new titles and baubles for Mandelson’s jewellery box.
Labour’s internecine wars soldier on…