The New York Times had a column by Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman simply entitled Gordon Does Good, which begins "Has Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, saved the world financial system?" He then goes on to praise the clarity, decisiveness and speed with which Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling have reacted to the crisis.
The comments to the Krugman article were instructive too. Anna, New York writes "Did we make a mistake in 1776? Is it too late to correct?".
Lisainvan, vancouver, bc writes "Can someone please just state the obvious? Brown was able to do this because he is the leader of the Labour Party. Labour, unlike the leaders of other leading nations at this time, does not have an ideological opposition to 'nationalizing' infrastructure".
And twofold, detroit, assesses the American presidential candidates and concludes that "Unfortunately, our choices for president are limited this year. Only a few weeks ago McCain was saying the fundamentals of the economy were sound. He also claimed little knowledge of economic issues at the start of the campaign season. Frighteningly Sarah Palin has shown less grasp of the subject. I would not trust Mr. and Mrs. Maverick with my financial matters. This leaves us with Obama, who at least shows a grasp of the facts. I feel his over all philosophy is more in tune with Gordon Brown’s."
Bless. You know something has changed when Americans are looking for the a leader "in tune with Gordon Brown".
It's always lovely when Britain leads the world and is praised for it. And our Gord is now de facto Leader of the Free World at least until the new American president is inaugurated in January 2009 and finally gets control of that rudderless state.