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  • Brownian Motion on Iran

    07/23/2007 2:49:14 PM PDT · by Contentions · 5 replies · 274+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.23.2007 | Daniel Johnson
    Gordon Brown yesterday surprised commentators by refusing to rule out military action against Iran. “I firmly believe that the sanctions policy that we are pursuing will work, but I’m not one who’s going forward to say that we rule out any particular form of action,” the new British Prime Minister told a news conference. While Brown had previously seemed to follow his European partners France and Germany by playing down the idea of using force against Tehran, his line on Iran yesterday was compatible with the more hawkish position of President Bush. What are we to make of these maneuvers?...
  • Gordon Brown calls for global government to tackle coronavirus

    03/26/2020 10:51:08 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 46 replies
    Guardian ^ | 3/26/2020 | Larry Elliott
    Ex-PM at centre of 2008 banks rescue suggests taskforce of leaders and health experts Gordon Brown has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts to tackle the impact of the near-meltdown of the banks in 2008, said there was a need for a taskforce involving world leaders, health experts and the heads of the international organisations that would have executive powers to coordinate the response. A virtual meeting of...
  • A Nation for All Except Its Nationals

    08/25/2018 8:09:26 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 20 Aug 2018 | Mark Steyn
    ... One of the occupational hazards of this line of work is that at a certain point you've seen it all before. For example, not many people outside the United Kingdom retain any memory of Gordon Brown, Tony Blair's woeful and short-lived successor as prime minister. Mr Brown led the Labour Party to defeat in the 2010 election. Here's what I had to say about it at the time: The official "defining moment" of the campaign was Gordon Brown's unguarded post-photo-op dismissal of Gillian Duffy as a "bigoted woman." Mrs. Duffy, a plain-spoken working-class granny and lifelong Labour voter, had...
  • Sanctuary in Britain for 1,500 Iraqis who helped UK troops

    02/16/2008 5:38:35 PM PST · by the scotsman · 10 replies · 58+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th February 2008 | Daily Mail
    'Up to 1,500 Iraqis are to be airlifted to Britain after ministers agreed to grant sanctuary to the interpreters who worked for our forces. In a multi-million pound operation starting in April, the translators and their families will be flown here in groups of 100 every fortnight until the autumn. They will be transported in military planes to an RAF base in the South-East where they will be processed by immigration officials. They will then go to a hotel west of London for a few days before being resettled in two northern cities. There they will receive free housing and...
  • Former PM Brown urges Labour supporters to vote 'in' on EU

    06/13/2016 9:59:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2016 12:09 PM EDT | Jill Lawless
    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an impassioned call Monday for Labour Party supporters to vote to stay in the European Union, amid nervousness in the “remain” camp that it is losing momentum ahead of next week’s referendum. Brown, who governed from 2007 to 2010, said Britain should “lead in Europe” and not leave it. Polls suggest the June 23 vote on whether to leave the 28-nation bloc could go either way. The “remain” side has stressed the economic uncertainty that would be triggered by quitting, while the “leave” campaign has focused on unease about the large scale of...
  • Sarkozy snipes at 'dim' Spanish PM and 'weak' Barack Obama

    04/16/2009 11:00:25 PM PDT · by pissant · 37 replies · 2,085+ views
    Times UK ^ | April 17, 2009 | Chuck Bremer
    The US President is weak, the Spanish leader is dim, the German Chancellor is clinging on to France’s coat-tails and the head of the European Commission is irrelevant. That, at any rate, is the world according to President Sarkozy, who has spent the week airing his unvarnished opinions of Barack Obama and an array of international politicians — abruptly ending France’s honeymoon with the US and needling Washington on several strategic issues. In the latest in a stream of accounts from the Élysée Palace, Mr Sarkozy was quoted yesterday as telling an all-party group of MPs that Mr Obama was...
  • Labour Elects Far-Left Leader in British Politics Shake-Up

    09/12/2015 7:48:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/12/2015
    LONDON — A veteran anti-war campaigner known for his unapologetically socialist views has won a landslide victory to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party — an outcome that delighted supporters and dismayed others who never imagined he could be elected. The overwhelming support for far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn, 66, was one of the biggest shake-ups in British politics in decades. His win Saturday marks a sharp left turn for his party — and will significantly challenge the tone of mainstream British politics, which is now dominated by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. "It's certainly the most high-profile position an overt socialist...
  • Election 2015: Row over second independence referendum warning

    04/26/2015 8:47:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 25, 2015 | unattributed
    Campaigning in Renfrewshire, he said the nationalists want an SNP vote in the general election in order to "force" a second poll. Launching the SNP's "women's pledge", Nicola Sturgeon said this election was "not about independence". Meanwhile the Lib Dems set out plans for green laws and the Scottish Conservatives focused on jobs. As the penultimate weekend of campaigning got under way, SNP leader Ms Sturgeon joined female activists and actor and campaigner Elaine C Smith in Glasgow to launch the party's women's pledge, which commits the SNP and its members to delivering policies that promote equality... As part of...
  • Gordon Brown jetted off abroad on 28 trips, earned £2m+ in fees and expenses since leaving No. 10

    12/09/2012 10:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 11:33 EST, 9 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not uttered one word in Parliament for a year, it emerged today. Although he has kept his counsel in the House, Mr. Brown has been jet-setting around the world over the past 12 months. He has declared 28 trips abroad on the MPs’ register of interests—many of them linked to his humanitarian work. And since he left Downing Street in 2010, he has received £2 million ($3.2 million) in fees and expenses—all of which has been plowed back into his public and charitable activities. …
  • Gordon Brown: Euro Crisis Is Even Worse Than Lehman

    09/16/2011 3:11:56 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-16-2011 | Nick Jardine
    Gordon Brown: Euro Crisis Is Even Worse Than Lehman Nick Jardine Sep. 16, 2011, 4:34 PM Brown says things are worse now than they were in 2008. Former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown says that the current financial woes are worse than they were in 2008, reports the Telegraph. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China, Brown said he believes that the world's economy could fall into a 1930-like slump if matters continue in the same vein. He told the audience: "The European banks as a whole are grossly under-capitalised: they have liabilities far in excess of American...
  • The Royal Treatment

    04/11/2011 5:43:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 11, 2011 | Staff
    Diplomacy: Well, it's out — the invitation list to the biggest U.K. royal wedding in three decades. A Mustique bartender merited an invite, but it seems the Obamas did not. It's pretty obvious the Brits are sending a message. Sure, the royal wedding is a ceremonial affair, and news that the U.S. president and first lady weren't invited to the nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on April 30 won't rupture normal diplomatic relations. Still, it's eyebrow-arching, given that U.S. presidents have always been invited up till now. And the slowly leaking list of people who did get invited...
  • Tony Blair: Gordon Brown tried to blackmail me

    08/31/2010 5:25:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/31/2010 | Robert Winnett and Henry Samuel
    Tony Blair uses his new book to expose Gordon Brown as a manipulative figure who lost a winnable election by abandoning the principles of New Labour. The former prime minister’s memoir discloses that a “maddening” Mr Brown effectively blackmailed him while he was in No 10. He suspects the then chancellor of orchestrating the investigation into the cash-for-honours scandal. Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at a Labour Party rally The pressure on Mr Blair to step aside became so great that he admits he may have become reliant on alcohol as he faced coup attempts from Mr Brown’s supporters. He...
  • Gordon Brown presented £10,000 worth of gifts to Barack Obama (in exchange for DVDs)

    01/19/2011 5:13:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/19/11
    Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama $16,500 (£10,000) worth of gifts during a US visit, in return for a selection of DVDs. The value of Mr Brown's gifts, a pen and holder made from the wood of an anti-slavery ship, along with two biographies of Winston Churchill, was disclosed by the US State Department on Tuesday. Mr Obama, by comparison, gave him a boxset of 25 classic US films such as Citizen Kane and ET.
  • Gordon Brown ‘getting it on with Michelle’... how U.S. planned to show the special relationship was.

    12/05/2010 11:14:54 AM PST · by maggief · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 5, 2010 | Simon Walters
    One of Barack Obama’s aides jokingly suggested that his wife Michelle should be photographed kissing Gordon Brown in the White House to disprove claims that the President had killed off the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US. The remark was made by Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama’s chief of staff, when the President was accused of snubbing no less than five requests by Mr Brown for a face-to-face meeting during a visit to the US last year. The then PM was reduced to grabbing a 15-minute chat with Mr Obama in a kitchen at the United Nations New York HQ...
  • A Lot Worse: UK Mired In £5 Trillion Of Debt

    08/18/2010 11:06:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | 14 July 2010
    Britain has sunk into a pit of debt which is five times deeper than previously feared, with the country now owing the equivalent of £200,000 per household. Instead of the £1 trillion reading normally presented as the nation's debt, the UK is in the red by closer to £5 trillion... a broader set of ONS figures taking in Government liabilities show unfunded public service pension obligations could add another £1.2 trillion and liabilities in unfunded state pension schemes a further £1.35 trillion. The sum is almost four times the size of the UK's total gross domestic product in 2009...a more...
  • U.K. CONFIDENTIAL (Mark Steyn on our creepy future)

    05/17/2010 9:27:24 PM PDT · by JLS · 15 replies · 1,048+ views
    National Review ^ | 18 May 2010 | Mark Steyn
    The British election campaign didn’t do much to catch the attention of Americans (at least not until after the vote), but one little item feels pertinent – although it attracted remarkably little attention even across the pond. In Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, a lady called Phyllis Delik received a postcard from Gordon Brown’s Labour Party. On one side, there was a photograph of a woman suffering from breast cancer saying “It’s the sort of thing you think will never happen to you.” On the reverse, there was a question: “Are the Tories a change you can afford?” – followed by a warning...
  • Is Brown destined for the IMF?

    05/12/2010 7:50:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 169+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/10 | Andrew Beatty
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – After three rocky years as prime minister, election defeat has forced Gordon Brown to consider his future and speculation is swirling it might include a stint at the helm of the IMF. After being battered by financial meltdown and backbench revolts Brown may not be looking for a new job quickly, much less one that includes tackling Europe's debt crisis. But little over 24 hours since the Scot left office the chattering classes in London and Washington are already awash with rumors he may be interested in leading the International Monetary Fund. Like his predecessor Tony Blair...

    05/12/2010 2:56:42 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 279+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | May 12, 2010 11:15 PM | By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D
    SNIPPET: "And thus ends the saga of "Shiekh Umar Rabie, Emir of al Qaeda in the UK". I haven't commented publicly on this for some time because I was involved in the case. I testified at Ishaq Kanmi's terrorism trial last year and was asked not to comment publicly, but now that he's plead guilty that commitment has passed. I don't think I'm giving away too much when I say that long before UK authorities had "The Blackburn Resistance " under surveillance, they were on our radar screens. Why? Because a year before the "Emir of al Qaeda in the...
  • Britain's David Cameron becomes PM; Brown out

    05/11/2010 2:29:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 921+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/10 | David Stringer - ap
    LONDON – Conservative leader David Cameron became Britain's youngest prime minister in almost 200 years Tuesday after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour government. Cameron said he aims to form a full coalition government with the third-place Liberal Democrats after his Conservative Party won the most seats but did not get a majority in Britain national election last week. The 43-year-old leader said it would be "hard and difficult work" to govern as a coalition but added that Britain had serious economic issues to tackle. Cameron visited Buckingham Palace and was asked to form a government...
  • General Election 2010: Gordon Brown's resignation lifts sterling

    05/11/2010 1:09:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies · 207+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 7:47PM BST 11 May 2010 | Edmund Conway, Economics Editor
    The pound burst through the $1.50 mark as Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister, ushering in a coalition Government with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Despite fears that a hung parliament would be catastrophic for the UK economy, sterling leapt by a cent as it emerged that negotiations between Labour and the LibDems broke down. The new Conservative-Liberal Government is expected to pitch itself as a unity government with the purpose of overhauling Britain’s economy after the biggest economic crisis and deepest recession since the 1930s. It will pledge to hold an emergency Budget within two months, which is expected...