Mandelson - Spinning Out of Control
Mandy is basically saying that New Labour was spinning too much pre-2001, but after that things got much, much better. Arguably, Blair's two main acts of deception both occurred after 2001.
The 45 minute claim was made on 24th September 2003 - and whilst Mandy seems to think that was OK, it enabled Blair to send troops to their death on the basis of a lie.
In the 2005 General Election Campaign, Blair and Brown deceived Britain into thinking they were buddies again. They still didn't like each other, but they knew that a divided Labour Party would harm their chances of a return to power. Normal service was resumed almost immediately afterwards.
Mandy's comments are, quite simply, another piece of spin and deception. It is no wonder that New Labour get less and less believable with every yarn that they spin.