Maybe I am hyper-sensitive, but I always find these set-piece speeches by British prime ministers in Washington a real cringe. Unlike many regular commenters of this blog, I feel very warmly towards the US. But the sycophancy of the Blair and Thatcher speeches was just too much for me.
Gordon Brown also laid it out on with a trowel yesterday. There was one genuinely moving passage in his address to Congress, I thought, which was actually not about America but about the Rwandan genocide – (unfortunately it’s not in the text that Downing Street released, which suggests Brown added it at the last minute.) But for the rest, it was mostly gush – with a bit of G20 policy-wonkery thrown in for good measure. Read more