Should Joanna Lumley be allowed to dictate Gurkha policy?

May 8, 2009

While Gordon Brown increasingly draws comparisons to the mortally wounded bull gasping his last at a Spanish corrida, one personality at Westminster  has been putting on a show of decisive policy-making that has brought the bloodthirsty crowd to its feet.

Expenses row saps Brown’s authority

April 28, 2009

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Gordon Brown setting out a plan to overhaul MPs’ unpopular allowances and announcing it on YouTube too.

Michelle sparkles as hostess Sarah plays it safe

April 1, 2009

Sarah Brown will have had an anxious early morning.

Her husband’s attempt to be the great fixer of the financial crisis and best friend of the United States at the same time was a big ask, but how was she going to handle the visit of Michelle Obama?

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Brown gets helping hand from Obama

April 1, 2009

He loves the Queen and the British people. Truth be told, President Obama was always going to be a hit on his first overseas trip.

How necessary is the G20 summit?

April 1, 2009

From the cosy fireside chats and walks in the woods of 30 years ago, world summitry has expanded beyond all recognition, with this week’s G20 meeting in London being billed in some quarters as the biggest gathering of leaders since 1945.

Ghost of past failure haunts G20

March 28, 2009

Stopping off in New York during a marathon, 18,000-mile diplomatic offensive before next week’s G20 summit in London next week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown recalled a conference held in eerily similar circumstances in London 76 years ago.

The Bank of England enters the political arena

March 25, 2009

Gordon Brown has not said openly that he plans to turn on the taps again in the budget with another package of spending and tax cuts, but his appeals to world leaders to do just that have led to a widespread feeling that more stimulus is to come.

Mervyn King’s warning to the government

March 25, 2009

The unusual foray into politics by Bank of England Governor Mervyn King, in suggesting there should be no more tax cuts or spending rises in next month’s budget, has been widely interpreted by the newspapers as a blow to Gordon Brown but a source of secret satisfaction to the Treasury.

Brown flatters, but are we still best of friends, papers ask

March 5, 2009

“Brave” was how most of the British press responded to Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s speech to both houses of Congress in Washington.

Tennis anyone? Brown’s audience with Obama

March 3, 2009

After all the angst, the special relationship is alive and well. For Gordon Brown, it must feel like job done, to a certain degree.