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Darzi's Starbucks model not to Lord Mandelson's taste

It is less than six months ago that Lord Darzi, in one of his more dubious achievements, saved Peter Mandelson from an attack by a particularly vicious kidney stone. So how does the Lord of Darkness reward him?...

By Ian Quinn

It is less than six months ago that Lord Darzi, in one of his more dubious achievements, saved Peter Mandelson from an attack by a particularly vicious kidney stone. So how does the Lord of Darkness reward him?...



Only by launching a broadside against the health minister's favourite coffee chain.

We at Pulse were shocked to see the lack of ministerial unity on display after the business secretary took umbrage to remarks on the perilous state of the UK economy by the boss of Starbucks, Howard Schultz.

‘Why should I have this guy running down the country? Who the f*** is he? How the hell are they [Starbucks] doing?' were the words of Lord Mandelson, showing the special relationship with our business cousins across the Atlantic is well and truly in the drink.

But more to the point what must poor Lord Darzi have thought?

Only a couple of weeks ago he called for all NHS patient to be served up the ‘Starbucks' experience, heaping praise on the coffee giant for offering customers greater choice, in what could be a model for patient care.

‘While any café can serve a cup of coffee, Starbucks sells you an experience,' he said.

Perhaps his friend and patient Lord Mandelson is a Costa man? Maybe he is still bitter about Starbucks dropping the egg nog latte from its Christmas line up?

Or could it be he is actually more in tune on this one with the average patient/customer, than Lord Darzi.

Lord Darzi hides his Starbucks menu 'neath some meaningless red tape Lord Darzi hides his Starbucks menu 'neath some meaningless red tape Pulse team blog

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