Earlier this year an increasingly beleaguered Gordon Brown was forced to appoint unelected peers and Labour MEP’s to his Government of All Talents.
The Goats did not last long either deserting the sinking ship nearly as fast as they were appointed, or proving like Glenys Kinnock to be totally out of their depth and sidelined very quickly, before dropping off the face of the earth.
Labour have long plugged Gordon Brown as an international statesman and hoped that if he hung out with King Hussein of America, some of the star dust would rub off on Brown. Unfortunately for Brown, Obama is proving about as popular in the USA, as Brown is in the UK; Obama is also showing the same indecision and dithering that has characterised Brown’s regime in the UK.
On the international stage the financial genius that is Gordon Brown was humiliated at the last G20 when:
“US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said he “is not prepared to support” Gordon Brown’s call for a tax on bank transactions”
Gordon then flew into Copenhagen as the international statesman who would save the world. True to form apart from leading Al Gore into a broom cupboard, the cursed one eyed son of the Manse achieved nothing and in the international press got less coverage than Chavez and Australian PM Kevin Rudd.
“Gordon who?” as they say in the USA.
The final humiliation for Brown internationally was the execution of Akmal Shaikh for drug smuggling yesterday. Brown had lobbied the Chinese extensively for clemency on more than one occaision, the Chinese ignored Brown.
It cant have helped Shaikh’s case that Brown and Ed Milliband blamed the Chinese for the Copenhagen summit failure. Brown’s angry reaction to the execution is just what Britain does not need right now: bad relations with the emergent economic super power.
Gordon Brown has been a disaster for this country as Chancellor, as Prime Minister and as the international statesman.
This has been more a government of Goits than Goats.
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said he “is not prepared to support” Gordon Brown’s call for a tax on bank transactions, one the major losers had this idea of yet more taxation come to fruition would have been pension funds. As if Brown has not already done enough damage to pension funds in Britain.
But Mr Geithner’s rejection of the proposal will deal a fatal blow to the Government’s ambitions.
In an exclusive interview, he told Jeff Randall Mr Brown’s plan is “not something that we’re prepared to support”.
He said: “I think we all share a basic interest in trying to make sure we build a system where taxpayers aren’t exposed in the future and where the financiers are bearing the consequences of their mistakes – that they are responsible for the risks they take.
Despite the constant Labour propaganda about Brown saving the world and more recently the USA, Brown is increasingly out of step who those “he saved” because Brown’s answer to everything is Tax, Tax and more Tax, yet in both the USA and Germany who have come out of recession their government packages for growth are built on tax cuts not increasing taxation