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Posted by seumasach on March 4, 2009

The ball is in the court of the international comminity: do they wan’t London and Washington to “help them rebuild the global economy”? Let’s hope not for all our sakes. Brown is now almost delirious as he fantasises about global leadership. He even repeats the claim that America put a man on the moon.

Gordon Brown fails to match Tony Blair’s standing ovations from Congress as he urges U.S. to halt ‘hurricane’ of recession

Mail on Sunday

4th March, 2009

Gordon Brown today called on America to shoulder its historic responsibilities by using its vast wealth to help stem the ‘hurricane’ of recession battering the world.

He urged the planet’s only superpower to ‘share its prosperity’ with poorer countries as he pleaded with Congress to back his plan for a global ‘new deal’ for economic recovery.

America should ‘seize the day’ by throwing its weight behind a renewed effort to prevent climate change and stop countries falling back into protectionism.

Mr Brown followed in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair to become only the fifth Prime Minister to be honoured with an invitation to address a joint session of Congress.

Speaking under the iconic dome on Capitol Hill, he won repeat standing ovations with an emotive appeal for America to demonstrate its ‘faith in the future’ by helping rebuild the global economy with a ‘partnership for prosperity’.

He used his speech to senators and congressmen to issue a rallying cry for international cooperation in the face of the accelerating world downturn.

Mr Brown endorsed Barack Obama’s £500 billion economic recovery plan and called for matching pledges from other countries at next month’s crucial G20 summit in London.

But his plea for international cooperation funded by the U.S. will fall on deaf ears among those in Congress who are instinctively suspicious of anything that smacks of European socialism.

He also knows that many in Mr Obama’s Democrat party are urging the president to erect protectionist barriers to defend American jobs and companies from foreign imports.

A carefully planned speech included a quote from Barack Obama’s political hero Abraham Lincoln, and a reminder that America mustered the resources and the will to put a man on the Moon was designed to stiffen the resolve of wavering American politicians.

Mr Brown was careful to soften his call for their financial support by offering senior senator Ted Kennedy an honorary knighthood for his services to Northern Ireland.

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Brown hands a copy of his speech to U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

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Packed house: The prime minister received nineteen standing ovations during his half hour speech

It is a move that has already provoked anger among those who believe the patriarch of the wealthy Democrat clan was too closely linked with American support for the Irish Republicans.

He also paid court to sceptical Republicans by praising Ronald Reagan for his role in ending the Cold War.

And he singled out for praise America’s willingness to show ‘courage and sacrifice far from home’ by laying down the lives of its soldiers in the pursuit of liberty abroad.

Fresh from his talks with Mr Obama at the White House on Tuesday that saw the new president pledge his support for the special relationship between Britain and America,
Mr Brown urged Congress to ‘seize the day’ and work with the rest of the world.

His call for American leadership was a difficult message for many American lawmakers who are suspicious of European leaders looking for what amounts to an American cash handout.

With every day bringing more grim news about the scale of the recession, many Americans will find it hard to hear a British Prime Minister calling on them to get their chequebooks out.

But Mr Brown invoked previous examples of American leadership such as Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s that helped end the Great Depression to back his call for more action now.

‘No one should forget that it was American visionaries who over half a century ago, coming out of the deepest of depressions and the worst of wars, produced the boldest of plans for global economic cooperation because they recognised prosperity was indivisible and concluded that to be sustained it had to be shared.’

He added: ‘For a century you have carried upon your shoulders the greatest of responsibilities: to work with and for the rest of the world.

‘And let me tell you that now more than ever the rest of the world wants to work with you.’

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Brown’s speech was ambitious, tackling climate change, the economy and combating terrorism

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Brown shakes hands with senators as he arrives on Capitol Hill

Amid fears that the Democratic majority in Congress is looking increasingly inwards, he urged America not to turn in on itself and take the road of protectionism.

He said Europeans were more ready than ever to work with the United States after the divisions of the Iraq war.

‘There is no old Europe, no new Europe, there is only your friend Europe,’ he said.

Mr Brown countered the economic gloom by predicting a doubling in the size of the world economy over the next two decades, with sharp growth in business opportunities, prosperity, jobs and incomes.

‘We should have the confidence that we can seize the opportunities ahead and make the future work for us,’ Mr Brown said.

‘Because while today people are anxious and feel insecure, over the next two decades our world economy will double in size. Twice as many opportunities for business, twice as much prosperity, and the biggest expansion of middle-class incomes and jobs the world has ever seen.

‘America knows from its history that its reach goes far beyond its geography. For a century you have carried upon your shoulders the greatest of responsibilities: to work with and for the rest of the world.

And let me tell you that now more than ever the rest of the world wants to work with you.

‘And if these times have shown us anything, it is that the major challenges we all face are global.

‘And let me say that you now have the most pro-American European leadership in living memory.

‘A leadership that wants to co-operate more closely together, in order to be a stronger partner for you. There is no old Europe, no new Europe, there is only your friend Europe.

‘So once again I say we should seize the moment – because never before have I seen a world so willing to come together. Never before has that been more needed. And never before have the benefits of cooperation been so far-reaching.’

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Pressing the flesh: Brown’s reception by Congress was the highlight of a muted visit to Washington

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