Sunday, 16 November 2008

Brown who?

Forget the hype and spin on the BBC and by MSM commentators. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Gordon Brown is a nobody. If you want to know what happened at the G20 summit, read this analysis piece in the International Herald Tribune. How many times is Brown mentioned? Zero. None. He's not important enough, not influential enough, and doesn't have very much to say.

Angela Merkel gets a mention. Sarkozy gets several. Taro Aso and Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva are both name-checked. Hu Jintao gets a photo caption. But Brown? Nowhere. The head of government of the world's fifth largest economy is a nonentity. He must have hated sitting there and being ignored by the people who are working out how to react to this global crisis. But as long as he kept his ears open and has understood his instructions correctly, I suppose he was as good as anyone to send to the meeting.

I would just love the BBC's New York news crew to vox-pop a few Wall Street economists and ask about Brown's miracle plan for saving the world, only to see their eyebrows rise in question and utter the single word "who?" in response.


Blue Eyes said...

"Though the countries' stimulus packages were cast as ambitious steps, they mainly reflected measures that the countries were already undertaking to respond to the crisis."

Why oh why are we getting such mega spoonfuls of Brown Love from our media? When did they become so blinkered?

Obama said...

Gordon Who?

hatfield girl said...

Reading the Wall Street Journal, the FT, and the Herald Tribune makes turning to the Times or the other mainstream English press quite surreal. Going further, to Der Spiegel, Corriere, or the French press reduces any reader to a news jelly. Do New Labour's propagandists assume we can only read 12 yearold's English like them?

patently said...

Do New Labour's propagandists assume we can only read 12 year old's English like them?

Sadly, yes. After all, they and their ilk have had an iron grip on the education system for long enough to ensure that, for most of the UK, they are in fact right.