Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I am attracted to the idea that has been floated by Jon Craig in Boulton & Co that Gordon Brown and President Obama will hold a rally at Wembley when the G20 meets in London in early April. As Craig points out, this would have the potential to turn into a 1992 Sheffield Rally moment when Kinnock made himself and Labour look like a bunch of smug triumphalists.(No change there, then?)
But it ain't going to happen. Obama would be a fool if he let himself get dragged into that sort of pointless public jamboree - unless he could link it to an announcement that Brown had agreed to accept, with immediate effect, the job of Very Clever Finance Thingy Person in the bowels of the IMF. But that's just me and my wishful thinking.
Better still would be Obama treating Brown with the obvious disdain that Brown used when he was George Bush's guest - remember the infamous golf cart incident?