The Way He Tells ‘Em

Fraser Nelson on CoffeeHouse says Gordon’s joke at Google’s Zeitgeist conference yesterday in which he claims to have seen a banner saying “worldwide campaign against globalisation” is familiar. Brown used it in January ’08, July ’07, March ’07, Jan ’07 and November ’06 and (first) in a Newsweek article in September ’06. Fraser reckons Brown lifted the slogan not from a demo, but an April 2000 article by William Keegan here.

This is not the first time his speech writers have recycled an anecdote repeatedly. Yesterday Guido joked with his broker that if Jonah Brown was speaking to Google maybe it was time to short GOOG stock. “Don’t be silly” said the broker “GOOG is enjoying a mega bull run”. GOOG stock closed down $2.55 on the day cursed by Jonah Brown…




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