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  • Gordon Brown jetted off abroad on 28 trips, earned Ł2m+ 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 Ł2 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 Ł10,000 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 (Ł10,000) 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 Ł5 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 Ł200,000 per household. Instead of the Ł1 trillion reading normally presented as the nation's debt, the UK is in the red by closer to Ł5 trillion... a broader set of ONS figures taking in Government liabilities show unfunded public service pension obligations could add another Ł1.2 trillion and liabilities in unfunded state pension schemes a further Ł1.35 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...
  • ANOTHER ONLINE "PAL" OF RUSTY'S FOUND GUILTY ON TERROR CHARGES

    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...
  • David Cameron is the new Prime Minister

    05/11/2010 12:53:29 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 108 replies · 4,135+ views
    David Cameron is the new Prime Minister The Conservative leader has left Buckingham Palace amidst uncertainty about the shape of his coalition with the Lib Dems.
  • Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister [It's official / on his way to the Queen]

    05/11/2010 11:41:31 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 105 replies · 2,805+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | BBC
    Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister. Mr Brown is on his way to officially tender his resignation to the Queen, and recommend that Conservative leader David Cameron should succeed him. Speaking alongside his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the job had been "a privilege" and wished his successor well. His decision comes as the Tories and Liberal Democrats are poised to agree a deal to form a government. Labour's attempts to negotiate a deal of their own with the Lib Dems, after last week's inconclusive election result, ended in failure on...
  • Sky Sources: Gordon Brown To Resign Tonight

    05/11/2010 10:24:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 572+ views
    Sky Sources: Gordon Brown To Resign Tonight Huw Borland, Sky News Online Prime Minister Gordon Brown will resign tonight, according to Sky News political correspondent Joey Jones. Jones said: "He just wants to get this over with. It's presumably quite likely now that we will see David Cameron walking up Downing Street in the not-distant future." Mr Brown wants to move on to charity work and literature, Sky sources said. The revelations follow senior Liberal Democrat Vince Cable telling Sky a deal on forming a coalition government between his party and the Conservatives is "very, very close to being done".
  • A squalid day for democracy: Brown quits but cynically bids to keep Labour in power

    05/10/2010 4:34:30 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 4 replies · 315+ views
    Gordon Brown declared he would quit yesterday - even as he launched a jaw-dropping bid to keep Labour in office in a 'coalition of the losers'. Meanwhile the double-dealing Lib Dems were accused of holding Britain to ransom. In an effort to defy the verdict of the voters, the Prime Minister risked a constitutional crisis by unveiling a cynical plan to woo Nick Clegg and cling to power. He said he wanted to assemble a coalition government with the backing of the Lib Dems and then stand down in favour of another unelected Labour prime minister in the autumn. Mr...
  • British Prime Minister Brown to Resign by September (why wait?)

    05/10/2010 9:22:52 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 45 replies · 1,331+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/10/2010
    LONDON -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he will resign by September
  • Gordon Brown 'stepping down as Labour leader'

    05/10/2010 10:22:10 AM PDT · by Dasaji · 19 replies · 1,388+ views
    BBC ^ | 05/10/2010 | Staff
    Gordon Brown has said he is stepping down as Labour Party leader - as his party opens formal talks with the Lib Dems about forming a government. Mr Brown, prime minister since 2007, said he hoped a successor as Labour leader would be in place by September.
  • UK Election: Liberals Will Side With Labor After Feigning Uncertainty; Cameron Fool.

    05/08/2010 1:40:27 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 32 replies · 1,002+ views
    Christian Husband Blog ^ | 8th May | Staff
    There is no real difference between the 'liberal democrats' of the UK (who, like every other party which tagged 'democrat' to their name ~100 years ago was doing so to differentiate themselves from the Totalitarian Left, like 'hey, it's OK, we're not like Lenin, even though we believe a lot of the same things'. Remember that context when you see 'democrat' in a party name), and the leftist Labor party, and they will together form a leftist government. They are acting now as if they might help the Conservatives into power: they will NOT. They benefit from acting as if...
  • Gordon Brown Must Not Cling on to Power (Early indicators show a hung British Parliament)

    05/07/2010 7:09:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 343+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2010 | Nile Gardiner
    With about 90 percent of votes counted in the U.K. general election, the Conservative Party has emerged as the biggest party, with over 300 seats projected, but short of an overall majority. The ruling Labour Party has suffered its biggest defeat in decades, and the Liberals have failed to benefit from “Cleggmania.” However, the early indications are that Gordon Brown is still determined to cling to power in a hung parliament, and will try to form a coalition government with the Liberals. This would be disastrous for Britain, and would be an insult to parliamentary democracy. If Brown stays on...
  • Birmingham City Council spells name of own city wrongly

    05/06/2010 4:49:46 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 8 replies · 191+ views
    Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | 10:09AM BST 31 Mar 2010 | Daily Telegraph
    The forms gave a return address for inquiries as 'Great Charles Street, Birmingam.' The error came a week after the council sent out 60,000 postal ballot cards with a return deadline of May 29 2009 - last year's European Election date. second set of polling cards later arrived on doormats with the correct deadline for this year's local election of April 29, 2010 - but missing the 'h' in Birmingham. A list of instructions also stated: "Make it is not left where someone else can pick it up" - leaving out the word "sure". The grammatical gaffes were condemned...
  • British General Elections Live Thread

    05/06/2010 11:31:36 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 542 replies · 10,409+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 05/07/10 | Daily Telegraph
    The 2010 General Elections in the United Kingdom are underway, and the first results will trickle in in the next few hours. Post your observations here, and let's all root for the Tories!
  • Five Reasons the UK General Election Matters to the United States

    05/05/2010 2:40:14 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | May 5, 2010
    British voters go to the polls on Thursday in the tightest political race in the UK in a generation. Several opinion polls have indicated the strong possibility of a hung parliament, with a Conservative minority government led by David Cameron as prime minister. In order to guarantee passage of legislation under this scenario, the Conservatives would be forced to negotiate with other political parties, significantly weakening the government’s power. Other polls, concentrating on key marginal seats, have pointed to a small Conservative majority, which would give Cameron, if elected, a far stronger mandate to lead on his own. Here are...
  • Michael Barone: Obama, Brown, and the ‘Third Way’ - The Left loses its way by abandoning the...

    05/03/2010 10:28:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 736+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 3, 2010 12:00 A.M. | Michael Barone
    Obama, Brown, and the ‘Third Way’The Left loses its way by abandoning the “third way.”  Left parties are in trouble in the Anglosphere. Here in America, Democrats are doing worse in the polls today than at any time in the last 50 years. In Britain, the Labour party is on the brink of finishing third, behind both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, in the election next Thursday. All of which raises the question: What happened to the “third way” center-left movement that once seemed to sweep all before it? Only a dozen years ago, in 1998, President Clinton enjoyed...
  • Britain’s Ominous Smiley-Face Election

    05/01/2010 6:06:42 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 3 replies · 315+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | April 19, 2010 | A. Millar
    With a general election set for May 6, the two main parties have, as Peter Goodspeed notes in Canada’s National Post, busied themselves “adopting U.S. policies, personnel and practices.” The British press, too, is full of talk about “presidential-style” TV debates and “first lady politics”. The Americanizing of the British election becomes even more evident if one listens to Conservative party leader David Cameron, who routinely references president Barack Obama – as an apparent inspiration – and who has even, on a few occasions, cited John F. Kennedy as “a great American president.” But despite the US-UK “special relationship,” the...
  • Gillian Duffy snubbed Gordon Brown over photocall request

    04/29/2010 11:35:53 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 15 replies · 660+ views
    Gillian Duffy, the pensioner labelled "bigoted" by Gordon Brown, snubbed him when his aides asked her to pose for a photograph shaking hands with him, it has emerged. Mr Brown spent 40 minutes apologising to Mrs Duffy inside her home in Rochdale on Wednesday after his disastrous gaffe, later emerging to declare himself a "penitent sinner". But Mrs Duffy's nephew has disclosed that Mr Brown's spin doctors had hoped to persuade the 65-year-old widower to come out of her house for a staged photocall with the Prime Minister in the hope of repairing the damage he had done with his...
  • UK: [PM] Gordon Brown's Gillian Duffy 'bigot' gaffe may cost Labour

    04/28/2010 8:17:03 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 744+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/28/2010 | Andrew Porter and Rosa Prince
    Gillian Duffy had only popped out to buy a loaf of bread. But by the time she got home, following a chance encounter with the Prime Minister, the 65-year-old widow had become the woman who could seal the outcome of the general election. The Prime Minister had been visiting a community re-offender project in Rochdale when Mrs Duffy called out to him and asked why he was not addressing the debt crisis. As part of the new “real voters” strategy, she was ushered by an aide to speak directly to the Prime Minister. Mrs Duffy politely asked about a range...
  • Uh Oh! British PM Gordon Brown Caught on Open Mic Inside His Car; She's a "Bigoted Woman" - Video

    04/28/2010 10:22:53 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 467+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 28, 2010 | Brian
    Uh oh! Here is video of British Prime Minister being caught on an open microphone inside his limousine calling a woman he had just been talking to a "bigoted woman." The video shows Brown talking with the woman outside the care and telling her, "And it's very nice to see you. Take care." He then gets in his car and says: "That was a disaster - they should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? It's just ridiculous." He then also called her a "bigoted woman" with a tone of disgust in his voice.
  • Brown Apologises For 'Bigot' Gaffe

    04/28/2010 6:08:00 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 24 replies · 1,003+ views
    Gordon Brown has apologised after he was caught on microphone in an unguarded moment calling a grandmother "bigoted The Prime Minister was confronted by 66-year-old Gillian Duffy while on the campaign trail in Rochdale. He spent nearly five minutes answering her questions and told her: "It's been very good to meet you." He smiled at the woman and then got into a waiting car. However, a microphone picked up his words to an aide as he drove away. Mr Brown was caught saying: "That was a disaster. His aide asked: "What did she say?" Mr Brown replied: "Well, just...You should...
  • Gordon Brown not Listening to the people of Europe

    04/22/2010 8:25:04 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 4/22/10 | Alaphiah
    Here's UK MP Nigel Farage giving Barry Hussein Soetoro friend and cohort Prime Minister Gordon Brown an hear full from the European people. Farage tells a smiling Brown that he is disregarding the European people and doing whatever he wishes (sound familiar?) see 3:38min video)
  • Taxes drive gas prices to over $7 a gallon in UK, mass boycott coming soon

    04/21/2010 11:52:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 714+ views
    Autoblog ^ | Apr 21st 2010 | Eric Loveday
    Through the power of Facebook, up to a half a million drivers in the UK are expected to boycott gas next month shortly before the nation heads to the polls for a general election in which Prime Minister (PM) Gordon Brown is fighting stiff competition for the win. Many Brits are upset with recent gas tax increases that were supported and passed by PM Brown. Protesters hope that the mass demonstration will be the nail in the coffin for his chances of winning. Gas prices have soared in Britain, reaching U.S. $1.87 a liter (about $7.06 a gallon) last week....
  • UK Wind Turbine Deals Could Help Power Labour Party in Vote

    04/21/2010 11:41:52 AM PDT · by Faketan · 2 replies · 143+ views
    OilPrice.com ^ | 04/21/2010 | Darrell Delamaide
    UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who faces a tough re-election battle in next month’s parliamentary vote, hopes his devotion to clean energy will put the wind at his back. Brown has reaped the benefits of his long courtship of wind turbine manufacturers in recent weeks as one after the other the large international companies have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments that will create thousands of jobs and make the UK a leader in wind energy. The government’s budget last month included 60 million pounds for port improvements that spurred two of the biggest turbine makers, General...
  • Gordon Brown savaged by young Radio One listeners over Labour's record on immigration

    04/20/2010 7:46:40 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies · 635+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/21/2010 | Tim Shipman
    In one of his first campaign encounters with ordinary people, Gordon Brown came off worst yesterday when he was questioned by young first-time voters. The Prime Minister lost his temper and stumbled over his answers as he came under withering attack about immigration and his expenses. After weeks of being transported from one photo opportunity with Labour party members to another, faced with real voters on Radio 1's Newsbeat Mr Brown was repeatedly interrupted and urged to admit his mistakes. He was forced on to the back foot over his claim for thousands of pounds to pay his brother to...
  • The First Election Debate on ITV1: 15th April 2010 [UK Elections, complete video]

    04/16/2010 3:11:25 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 2 replies · 360+ views
    ITV1 via Youtube ^ | 15th April 2010 | Alistair Stewart, OBE
    ITV1 — 14.Apr.10 — Season 2010 Ep. 1 — With the election called for 6th May, tonight sees the first ever live television debate between the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party leaders.
  • PM to announce 6 May general election (Gordon Brown of the UK ---time to boot him)

    04/05/2010 3:23:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 361+ views
    BBC ^ | 21:37 GMT, Monday, 5 April 2010 22:37 UK | BBC Staff
    Gordon Brown will announce on Tuesday morning that the general election will, as expected, be held on 6 May, BBC political editor Nick Robinson says. The prime minister will go to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament. On returning from the Palace he will formally confirm the date and make a speech in Downing Street in which he will dub the election "the big choice". The economy, taxation and public services will be key battlegrounds. The campaign will also feature, for the first time, live television debates between the three main party leaders. It will be the...
  • British, Ethiopian PMs, UN meet over $100 billion ’climate fund’

    04/05/2010 12:01:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 414+ views
    Ethiopian Journal ^ | Monday, 05 April 2010 10:07 | Written by Administrator
    London (United Kingdom) The first meeting of the UN-instituted ’climate fund group’, kicked off in London with Britain offering to sign a new Kyoto Treaty as developing countries’ demand ; urging those nations to play their parts by enshrining their commitments to tackling global warming in international law.    The move came as the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his visiting Ethiopian counterpart Meles Zenawi, held prolonged talks, on Wednesday, with billionaire financier George Soros, United States president Obama’s economic adviser Larry Summers ; as well as other renown economists and finance ministers ; aimed at finding ways to raise...
  • General Election 2010: Gordon Brown warns against immigration 'scaremongering'[UK]

    03/31/2010 5:52:50 AM PDT · by Palter · 7 replies · 325+ views
    Times Online ^ | 31 Mar 2010 | Times Online
    Gordon Brown has warned political parties against ''scaremongering'' about immigration in the general election campaign. In a major speech on immigration in east London, the PM acknowledged it was ''legitimate'' for voters to express anxiety about the numbers of incomers and their impact on their public services and lifestyles, and said politicians must address these concerns. But he said that net inward migration to the UK was in fact coming down and that no mainstream party was advocating shutting the country's doors to newcomers altogether. He urged the major parties to present ''a united front'' against those who would ''bring...
  • Explain why you sold Britain's gold, Gordon Brown told

    03/25/2010 12:53:15 AM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies · 796+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Mar 2010 | Holly Watt and Robert Winnett
    Gordon Brown has been ordered to release information before the general election about his controversial decision to sell Britain's gold reserves. The decision to sell the gold – taken by Mr Brown when he was Chancellor – is regarded as one of the Treasury's worst financial mistakes and has cost taxpayers almost Ł7 billion. Mr Brown and the Treasury have repeatedly refused to disclose information about the gold sale amid allegations that warnings were ignored. Following a series of freedom of information requests from The Daily Telegraph over the past four years, the Information Commissioner has ordered the Treasury to...
  • Gordon Brown’s cry of impotence [GORDON BROWN STANDS NAKED: Headlines to ponder]

    03/04/2010 11:06:10 AM PST · by JLS · 17 replies · 848+ views
    MaCleans.ca ^ | 4 March 2010 | Mark Steyn
    If he rages naked at his aides it’s because he can do nothing about anything that matters In the old days, I used to wake up to the morning paper, neatly folded on a silver salver and presented by my valet along with the kedgeree and the brace of grilled quail. Now I wake up to an inbox of Internet stories forwarded by readers that cumulatively feel like the front page from some bizarro kingdom cooked up for an unpersuasive dystopian satire. For example, a headline from the Washington Examiner: “Transsexual Cabaret Performer Vomits on Susan Sarandon.” An accident? Or...
  • Poll Says Brown On Course to Lead Minority Government (Labor Bounces Back)

    02/28/2010 5:58:10 AM PST · by paul544 · 14 replies · 457+ views
    Times UK ^ | 2/28/2010 | David Smith and Jonathan Oliver
    GORDON BROWN is on course to remain prime minister after the general election as a new Sunday Times poll reveals that Labour is now just two points behind the Tories. The YouGov survey places David Cameron’s Conservatives on 37%, as against 35% for Labour — the closest gap between the parties in more than two years. It means Labour is heading for a total of 317 seats, nine short of an overall majority, with the Tories languishing on a total of just 263 MPs. Such an outcome would mean Brown could stay in office and deny Cameron the keys to...
  • Britons to hold Tea Party protest

    02/25/2010 8:17:45 PM PST · by kingattax · 54 replies · 1,080+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 25, 2010 | Don Surber
    Conservatives in Britain will hold their first Tea Party protest in Brighton on Saturday, with British member of the European parliament (and frequent Fox News guest) Daniel Hannan giving the keynote. The party web site is here. “Labour has raised more than a trillion pounds in additional taxation since 1997. Yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown has still managed to run up a deficit of 12.6% of GDP (Greece’s is 12%). A far lower level of taxation brought Americans out in spontaneous protest last year,” Hannan wrote for the London Telegraph.
  • Gordon Brown criticised by anti-bullying chief(Gordon, an out-of-control bully?)

    02/21/2010 8:26:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 309+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 02/21/10
    Gordon Brown criticised by anti-bullying chief The row over Gordon Brown’s treatment of his staff has deepened after an anti-bullying charity said several Downing Street employees had called its helpline seeking advice and counselling. Published: 11:00PM GMT 21 Feb 2010 Christine Pratt, founder of the National Bullying Hotline, claimed the charity had received "three or four" calls in recent months from staff in the Prime Minister’s office. She said she had personally spoken to at least one of the callers, who complained of a "bullying culture" at Downing Street and of the "stress" it caused. Mrs Pratt added that she...
  • Gordon Brown likens Tories to the Hapsburgs as he goes on the attack over economy

    02/19/2010 10:40:35 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies · 300+ views
    London Daily Mail ^ | 02/19/2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Gordon Brown today mounted an astonishing attack on the Tories as he likened them to the dynasty of the Hapsburgs and claimed they could not be trusted with the economy. The Prime Minister renewed the issues of class as he went on the offensive amid growing speculation he is about to call an early election in the face of a slew of dismal economic news. Mr Brown built on his criticism of the Tories as elitist by comparing them to the Royal House of Hapsburg, which ruled a mighty European empire which went into decline before finally collapsing in the...
  • Climate sceptics denounced by Brown as he launches climate change group

    02/13/2010 9:38:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 551+ views
    Guardian ^ | Friday 12 February 2010 17.10 GMT | Press Association
    Gordon Brown has launched a UN climate change fundraising group alongside the Ethiopian PM, and has criticised climate change sceptics. Photograph: AFPPrime minister Gordon Brown today accused climate change sceptics of going "against the grain" of scientific evidence, as he launched a new group to raise billions of pounds for the fight against global warming.Mr Brown will co-chair the United Nations High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing with Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi.The group aims to raise $30bn (Ł19bn) over the next three years - rising to $100bn annually by 2020 – to help poor countries limit their...
  • White Cliffs of Dover to be sold to the French to help reduce Government's debt[UK]

    02/08/2010 10:26:41 AM PST · by Palter · 33 replies · 1,978+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 08 Feb 2010 | Vanessa Allen
    For generations Dover has stood as an indomitable symbol of Britain’s freedom and independence. The town, with its white cliffs, port and sprawling castle stood at the very edge of the nation’s frontier with the Continent. But now part of that proud history is up for sale and the leading bidder is revealed as the former age-old enemy – France. The Port of Dover is being recommended by Government advisers for sale to the French authorities. It is one of a string of public assets which have been earmarked for privatisation as the Government battles with a record Ł830billion national...
  • Hoon and Hewitt bid to oust PM

    01/06/2010 2:00:15 PM PST · by Dryman · 12 replies · 533+ views
    The Sun ^ | 01-06-10 | staff reporter
    FORMER Cabinet ministers Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt today launched a last-ditch bid to oust Gordon Brown. They have written to all Labour MPs calling for the leadership issue to be sorted out "once and for all". A source close to the ex cabinet ministers — both of whom were allies of Tony Blair — said: "We can't go on like this." Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2796950/Hoon-and-Hewitt-bid-to-oust-PM.html#ixzz0bs7T1TPH
  • Obama praises a climate flop: Copenhagen talks end with dud of a deal

    12/19/2009 3:15:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 48 replies · 1,846+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 19, 2009 | CHARLES HURT
    WASHINGTON -- After a day spent frantically darting around Copenhagen trying to locate world leaders, getting snubbed by China's premier and crashing a meeting where he had initially been kept out, President Obama heralded a last-minute, largely toothless UN global-warming summit deal that drew fast fire from all sides as a sham. Almost no one was happy with the outcome of the two-week confab and even the president, who was slammed by liberals and Republicans alike, along with other world leaders, admitted that the pact doesn't legally commit any of the nations involved -- the point of the summit in...
  • Gordon Brown snubbed by soldiers' 'curtain' protest

    12/05/2009 7:12:25 PM PST · by mware · 28 replies · 1,467+ views
    TIMESONLINE ^ | December 6, 2009 | Steven Swinford
    Gordon Brown was snubbed by badly injured Afghan veterans when they closed curtains round their beds during a hospital visit and refused to speak to him. More than half the soldiers being treated at the Selly Oak hospital ward in Birmingham either asked for the curtains to be closed or deliberately avoided the prime minister, according to several of those present. The soldiers, who have sustained some of the worst injuries seen in Afghanistan, described his visit as “opportunistic” and a “waste of time”. Furious about equipment shortages and poor compensation for their injuries, one soldier said: “It is almost...
  • Gordon Brown attacks 'flat-earth' climate change sceptics

    12/05/2009 11:48:34 AM PST · by ricks_place · 51 replies · 1,650+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 4 December 2009 | Damian Carrington and Suzanne Goldenberg
    'Dangerous, deceitful' attempts to derail Copenhagen summit condemned Gordon Brown tonight led a chorus of condemnation against "flat-earth" climate change sceptics who have tried to derail the Copenhagen summit by casting doubt on the evidence for global warming. Sceptics in the UK and the US have moved to capitalise on a series of hacked emails from climate change scientists at the University of East Anglia, claiming they show attempts to hide information that does not support the case for human activity causing rising temperatures. On the eve of the Copenhagen summit, Saudi Arabia and Republican members of the US Congress...
  • UK: Brown rejects 'flat-earth' climate sceptics

    12/04/2009 7:39:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 729+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/09 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – World leaders heading to UN climate talks next week must not be distracted by "flat-earth" sceptics who deny humans are to blame for global warming, Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned Saturday. "With only days to go before Copenhagen, we mustn't be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics," Brown told The Guardian newspaper ahead of the landmark UN summit in the Danish capital. "We know the science. We know what we must do. We must now act and close the five-billion-tonne gap. That will seal the deal." Government advisor Nicholas Stern estimated that 10 billion tonnes...