Although his ascension to prime minister is far from a done deal, out British First Secretary of State Peter Mandelson has a chance of becoming the nation's first openly gay leader, writes columnist Matthew Norman. "Peter Mandelson could, if the cards fall right, be our Prime Minister before the year is out," he writes. "If the Labour movement has an ounce of survivalist sense left, he will be. He is its best, and probably only, hope of averting the cataclysm."
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