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 Inácio 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.