Got this off order-order.com - does anyone else worry about the fact that this person can legally order a nuclear strike? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1160311/Apologise-recession-Browns-credit-crunch-tantrum-30-000ft.html The full depth of Gordon Brownâs anger over suggestions that he should apologise for the recession was laid bare in extraordinary scenes on the Prime Ministerâs 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 Governmentâs 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 â and Mr Brown himself, as Chancellor for ten years â have made mistakes. Flight of fury: Mr Brown leaves his plane as he arrives in Washington But Mr Brown has vehemently resisted the moves â and his anger boiled over in a series of outbursts during his trip to see US President Barack Obama. The Prime Minister stormed: âYou 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.â More...Peter Hain warns Labour faces electoral disaster as party is 'no longer a force for change' 'Plain English' Minister's war on gobbledegook falls foul of his own garbled memo Censored: The poll that found Labour members don't like Harriet Workers who lose jobs in recession to be offered free counselling ITN political editor Tom Bradby, who was in America with Mr Brown, yesterday claimed âgrumpyâ Mr Brown had a tantrum after he asked him to say sorry. âOff camera, the mike was ripped off and we exchanged a few tart remarks,â said Mr Bradby. âHe has a bad temper.â 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: ââApologise for what?â That is the question Gordon Brown asks every time someone suggests he ought to say sorry.â 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. âWhat is it you think I should be apologising for?â he demanded. âI have nothing to apologise for. You guys just donât get it do you?â When one reporter asked why he had let banks get out of control, Mr Brown leaned towards him and said: âYouâre saying I got it wrong? But I didnât. The same problems have happened all over the world and our regulations have been better than anyone elseâs. âGet 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. âIt 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.â Asked why he had not stopped the housing bubble, Mr Brown retorted: âHouse prices were high because of a lack of supply.â Pressed to admit he had made mistakes, he said: âNo, it was supply. If inflation is low, people are going to borrow money to buy houses. You canât stop that. You donât understand it.â At one point the man from the Labour-supporting Guardian threw him a lifeline saying: âCan I just make it clear we arenât all saying that?â When another journalist tried to defuse the situation, Mr Brown refused to be diverted. âNo, letâs sort this out now, letâs have it out now,â he said, jabbing his finger. Later, Mr Brown told Mr Robinson: âYou want me to go on television and apologise, but I am not going to do it.â One reporter said: âIt wasnât quite a tantrum, but he was very aggressive.â Another said: âIt is a pity he cannot express himself in public like that. I think he enjoyed it.â But one seasoned observer said: âHe set a trap for himself and walked right into it.â Plus point: Brown's address to Congress was received with rapturous applause Things got worse when Mr Brown landed in Washington and he learned â to his horror â that back in the UK, Chancellor Alistair Darling had defied him by saying the complete opposite. Mr Darling said in an interview: âIf 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.â âFaultâ and âhumilityâ 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 âstepped out of lineâ. Nor was Mr Brownâs mood improved by the Obama teamâs decision to downgrade plans for a joint Press conference in the White House Rose Garden to a so-called âpool sprayâ â a brief and awkward appearance together in the cramped Oval Office. It wasnât all bad news: Mr Brownâs 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 âmake Gordon say sorryâ website. And Schools Secretary Ed Balls, previously seen as Mr Brownâs closest Cabinet ally, nudged the Government closer towards an apology on Thursday, saying Labour had âunderestimated the risksâ 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: âNo one will lose out. It is just one or two MPs asking questions.â 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.