The Word on Gordon in Khartoum
I'd like to say that I was sick of the British press, but I have never taken them seriously enough to get ill. However, I was struck by this piece, which I found over on Arab News, courtesy of eureferendum. Under a heading noting that 'if Britain wants to be governed by smooth pretty boys it will get what it deserves', they write, inter alia,
If Brown is pipped at the post by the fresh-faced Conservative leader David Cameron — as most polls predict — he has to be the unluckiest politician on earth. First of all, Tony Blair reneged on his pact with Brown to step down midway during Labour’s tenure to make way for his friend. When Blair finally caved to pressure to resign, Brown inherited an unpopular government marred by the Iraq blunder. He has since been plagued by one misfortunate after the other from floods to mad cow disease, terrorist attacks, a parliamentary expenses scandal and, of course, the global economy downturn that resulted in a collapse of the banking system. None of this was Brown’s doing.
In truth, Brown guided his nation through those crises superbly proving to be a pair of safe hands. In 2008, he was even credited by experts for saving the world from economic doom by encouraging fiscal stimuli, low interest rates, and bank bailouts. As soon as he offered British banks temporary unlimited funding to prevent a run on deposits, other countries followed suit. Britain still has major problems not least the ballooning debt set to reach £1.1 trillion next year but until now Brown has managed to keep the economy afloat and has pulled the UK out of recession, albeit barely.
But there is one thing he hasn’t managed to do that is to win the hearts and minds of the British people. He doesn’t have Blair’s energy and powers of persuasion. He doesn’t possess the manufactured charm of Cameron or Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. He hates doing walkabouts kissing babies and when he forces a smile he comes across as slightly weird. He’s a clean-living, honest, non-materialistic, principled family man who all his life has tried to the right thing. He adores his wife and two sons and still tears up when he talks about the premature baby girl who died in his arms when she was just ten days old. You won’t see him on the lecture route raking it in when he waves goodbye to Downing Street. He’s not interested in plumping up his bank balance or so he says. Instead, he intends working on behalf of charitable organizations. I believe him.
As the man said, news from a forein countrie came....