Spin doctor

Just before tucking into his fishcake at the prestigious Ivy restaurant last week, Tulkinghorn was pleased to spot former Northern Ireland minister and New Labour spinmeister Peter Mandelson walk through the door. By Tulkinghorn's second bite, Mandelson had been followed in by Olswang chief executive and PR supremo Jonathan Goldstein.

While Mandelson's reputation was nearly mangled by the New Labour publicity machine he created, Goldstein's Olswang empire still houses a beautifully on-message legal community. Could Goldstein have been giving Mandelson tips on managing spin?