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Lord Mandelson attacks the chairman of Starbucks

In a sign that the UK government is desperate to support the UK economy on the worldwide stage, Lord Mandelson has launched a vicious attack on Howard Schultz who is the chairman of Starbucks. Apparently Mr Schultz was critical of the UK economy on a CNBC interview on Tuesday evening suggesting it was caught "in a spiral" with "very, very poor" consumer confidence.

While this assessment of the UK economy and UK consumer confidence would not be a million miles away from that expressed by the vast majority of economic experts it appears as though Howard Schultz hit a raw nerve with the UK government. When Lord Mandelson stepped into the argument, with a personal attack on the performance of the Starbucks chain, he has not helped the situation and further highlighted the comments from Howard Schultz, which would never normally have reached the press.

The last few weeks have seen a return to "spin" by the UK government, something which Gordon Brown promised would never happen when he took office. His promise to be "whiter than white" was seen as a veiled attack on Tony Blair but yet again we have seen the Labour government returned to type with Lord Mandelson apparently leading the way.

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