Obama Too Busy To See Brown

Obama swerved no fewer than five requests from Downing Street to hold a bilateral meeting either at the UN in New York or at the G20 summit starting in Pittsburgh today.  Obama himself was in New York to deliver a speech to the UN.   Brown’s own speech to the UN was delivered to a half-empty auditorium.

Brown is paying a price for encouraging the release of the Lockerbie bomber…

UPDATE : Downing Street is denying the story and briefing that the two leaders had already had one “wide-ranging discussion”. Here is where it gets comical. The “wide-ranging discussion” appears to have taken place in a kitchen at the UN.

Guido thinks it might have gone something like this:

Gordon: Mr President could you pass the salt?
Barack : Sure.  How is Tony?
Gordon : He’s fine I imagine.  Nice weather you are having  for this time of year.
Barack : Gotta go.  Enjoy your tofu. Tell David I’ll see him next year.   See you in Pittsburgh.


UPDATE II : Despite invitations to all, only one American banker turned up to a meeting with the man who “saved the world” and the global banking system.  How ungrateful of them.

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Quote of the Day

Trevor Kavanagh’s analysis of the Brexit process…

“Thanks to Mrs May and her useless Chancellor Phil Hammond, this will not come without pain. But we escape with imagination and true British grit or we will be boiled alive.

It means on this centenary Remembrance of our struggle against tyranny, we risk ceding non-military victory in Europe to the undemocratic forces of an unaccountable totalitarian regime.”


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