PM Broons temper tantrum - further evidence of his delusions

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  1. Got this off - does anyone else worry about the fact that this person can legally order a nuclear strike?

    The full depth of Gordon Brown’s anger over suggestions that he should apologise for the recession was laid bare in extraordinary scenes on the Prime Minister’s plane last week, 30,000 feet over the Atlantic.
    In recent weeks, Mr Brown has been under growing pressure from fellow Ministers, including Peter Mandelson, Alistair Darling and Ed Balls, who fear his refusal to say sorry could hinder the Government’s chances of winning public support for his economic recovery plan.
    All three have urged him in fierce behind-the-scenes talks to admit that the Government – and Mr Brown himself, as Chancellor for ten years – have made mistakes.
    Flight of fury: Mr Brown leaves his plane as he arrives in Washington
    But Mr Brown has vehemently resisted the moves – and his anger boiled over in a series of outbursts during his trip to see US President Barack Obama.
    The Prime Minister stormed: ‘You want me to go on television and apologise, but I am not going to do it.
    'I have nothing to apologise for. It is not my fault. Get in the real world.’

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    ITN political editor Tom Bradby, who was in America with Mr Brown, yesterday claimed ‘grumpy’ Mr Brown had a tantrum after he asked him to say sorry. ‘Off camera, the mike was ripped off and we exchanged a few tart remarks,’ said Mr Bradby. ‘He has a bad temper.’
    President Barack Obama was at pains to rebuff rumours that he was snubbing Brown and lavished attention on him

    And BBC political editor Nick Robinson, who also clashed with Mr Brown, said yesterday: ‘“Apologise for what?” That is the question Gordon Brown asks every time someone suggests he ought to say sorry.’
    The row started when Mr Brown spoke to newsmen on his flight to Washington on Monday evening.
    Showing a combination of anger and passion never seen in his public appearances, he explained why he will not say sorry for the banking collapse.
    Notebooks and tape recorders were banned at the off-the-record briefing, but The Mail on Sunday, which was not present, has obtained an account of what happened from witnesses.
    Gordon Brown gets checked over for stray hairs upon arrival in Washington
    Tipped off that the reporters planned to ambush him over the apology issue, jacketless Mr Brown was determined to get his retaliation in first.
    ‘What is it you think I should be apologising for?’ he demanded. ‘I have nothing to apologise for. You guys just don’t get it do you?’
    When one reporter asked why he had let banks get out of control, Mr Brown leaned towards him and said: ‘You’re saying I got it wrong? But I didn’t. The same problems have happened all over the world and our regulations have been better than anyone else’s.
    ‘Get in the real world. People are saying it is my fault and that I caused the recession. They are wrong. It is not my fault.
    ‘It did not start in Britain, it started in America. We have had low interest rates and low inflation. Every other recession in Britain has been created by high interest rates and high inflation. That has not happened under me.’
    Asked why he had not stopped the housing bubble, Mr Brown retorted: ‘House prices were high because of a lack of supply.’
    Pressed to admit he had made mistakes, he said: ‘No, it was supply. If inflation is low, people are going to borrow money to buy houses. You can’t stop that. You don’t understand it.’
    At one point the man from the Labour-supporting Guardian threw him a lifeline saying: ‘Can I just make it clear we aren’t all saying that?’
    When another journalist tried to defuse the situation, Mr Brown refused to be diverted. ‘No, let’s sort this out now, let’s have it out now,’ he said, jabbing his finger.
    Later, Mr Brown told Mr Robinson: ‘You want me to go on television and apologise, but I am not going to do it.’
    One reporter said: ‘It wasn’t quite a tantrum, but he was very aggressive.’
    Another said: ‘It is a pity he cannot express himself in public like that. I think he enjoyed it.’
    But one seasoned observer said: ‘He set a trap for himself and walked right into it.’
    Plus point: Brown's address to Congress was received with rapturous applause

    Things got worse when Mr Brown landed in Washington and he learned – to his horror – that back in the UK, Chancellor Alistair Darling had defied him by saying the complete opposite.
    Mr Darling said in an interview: ‘If there is a fault it is our collective responsibility. All of us have to have the humility to accept that over the last few years things got out of alignment.’
    ‘Fault’ and ‘humility’ are two words Mr Brown refuses to use. Now he was furious. Frantic calls were made to the Treasury from No10 aides in Washington demanding to know why Mr Darling had ‘stepped out of line’.
    Nor was Mr Brown’s mood improved by the Obama team’s decision to downgrade plans for a joint Press conference in the White House Rose Garden to a so-called ‘pool spray’ – a brief and awkward appearance together in the cramped Oval Office.
    It wasn’t all bad news: Mr Brown’s address to Congress was a success.
    The White House was surprised to learn there were reports in the UK that Mr Obama had snubbed him and went out of its way to praise Mr Brown. But the pressure on Mr Brown will not go away.
    The Tories have launched a ‘make Gordon say sorry’ website. And Schools Secretary Ed Balls, previously seen as Mr Brown’s closest Cabinet ally, nudged the Government closer towards an apology on Thursday, saying Labour had ‘underestimated the risks’ of a banking collapse.
    It is not the first time that an intense Mr Brown has appeared to be in a state of denial. He had an almost identical outburst, once again on a plane trip during a visit to the US, last April over his decision to scrap the 10p tax rate.
    As Ministers and Labour MPs urged him to back down, he brushed it aside, saying privately: ‘No one will lose out. It is just one or two MPs asking questions.’ Within weeks, he was forced to scrap the 10p tax rate and has apologised for the mistake.
    It is yet to be seen if he will eat his words and say sorry for the recession.
  2. Of course he will be encouraged to apologise from there own.They want a crack at the whip and a martyr for the bonfire of public opinion.

    And of course he wont as he may as well call for a vote of no confidence in himself if he does.

    I cant believe I am saying this but good for him.

    And the airbridge photo is actually rather good too.
  3. I expect he’ll end up like Edward Heath, another deeply flawed character, who became a joke called the Incredible Sulk.
  4. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Bully for Bradby, his father was a Gunnery Officer in the RN.
  5. And this is the man entrusted with the nuclear button....... Not even voted in to the position of leader by his own party. Dangerous!
  6. The so-called man Brown is a dangerous and expensive joke!
  7. Not really but if he shaves his head and buys a white cat I'll take notice.

    Talk about taking it to the extreme :)
  8. Not that I'm unsympathetic to your view of Brown as a bit of a strange sort to trust the deterrent to, bob, but he was elected by his party. The other would-be candidates fell by the wayside, leaving him to face an unopposed election, but the due formalities were observed.

    We just didn't notice because the world was too busy going 'Harriet Harman? You must be joking!' when the results of the leadership and deputy leadership contests were announced.
  9. He was unopposed, there is a difference...... The other potential candidates were warned off, so leaving the way clear for Brown to walk into number 10. He remains the unelected (by his party) PM. He is Leader of the party without having a formal election.

    "After months of speculation, Gordon Brown formally announced on 11 May 2007 his bid for the Labour leadership and replaced Tony Blair as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007. On Channel 4 News on 16 May 2007 it was announced that Andrew Mackinlay had nominated Brown giving him 308 nominations, sufficient to avoid a leadership contest"
  10. Exactly, he has no mandate to rule from either the electorate or the constituancy Labour party
  11. Don't worry. There's no button. Gordon would order the CDS to launch. CDS would promptly nip round to No 10 with a bottle of clozapine and pat Gordon on the head till he calmed down.

    The only thing Gordon is trusted to launch is his cell phone.

    We need to change the law so that a change of PM triggers a general election.