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Mandelson stunt, which impressed Wen Jiabao, prompting his promotion, ends in kidney ‘failure!’
Politics of Kidney Stone
Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Lord Mandelson, a British Politician and a former European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner, was rushed to hospital with kidney complaints and subsequently diagnosed with having kidney stones, said the British media.
Nothing to it: White, clean and full of protein (!) Peter Mandelson Drinking the local milk during a televised press conference in China.
In an otherwise carefully calculated political stunt, Lord Mandelson in his former role as an EU Trade Commissioner gulped a glass of Chinese milk on television during a press conference on September 26, a move which prompted the establishment to appoint him as Britain’s Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to appease Beijing.
Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier was overwhelmed by Mandelson’s selfless act of health sacrifice and said: “He committed this act because he not only sees the present, but also the future.”
Alas, it was a short future indeed for Lord Mandelson since it lasted only 9 days before he was rushed to the hospital.
Lord Mandelson’s spokesman said: ‘He won’t want to comment.’
At least 56,000 Chinese babies needed treatment for kidney stones and 4 died [we may never know the exact number of the dead, a state secret] when Chinese companies added melamine, an industrial chemical, to make watered-down milk appear nutritious and used the tainted milk to manufacture infant formula.
The worst contamination case involved infant formula manufactured by a joint venture operation owned by China’s Sanlu and New Zealand’s Fonterra.