Taking a double shot at Starbucks

Labour MP comes to the defence of Gordon Brown

Note to businesses operating in the UK: make sure your own bottom line is healthy before you criticize the British government. That’s what Starbucks found out when their CEO criticized Gordon Brown’s policies. Brown’s cabinet attack dog Peter Mandelson—a key architect of New Labour who once fiercely defended Tony Blair against Brown, but whom the new PM recruited back into Cabinet last year—promptly tore Starbucks a new one, first in a relatively genteel TV interview, and then in a profanity-laced cocktail-party rant. Too much coffee, Minister?