Daily Archives: June 17, 2008

Jim Pickard

Gordon Brown announced today that no ministers would take a pay rise this year. Pour encourager les autres, etc, etc.

The government has also rejected Sir John Baker’s recommendation of a 4.6 per cent pay rise for all MPs this year. They will get to vote on this on July 3. Read more

  full poll results

Well here’s a poll that will cheer up Gordon Brown. A survey of 19,751 people in 20 nations by WorldPublicOpinion.org has found that Mr Brown is the most popular leader in the world (well, almost). Read more

Jim Pickard

From the BBC….

 ”A personal computer holding sensitive documents relating to defence and extremism has been stolen from Hazel Blears’ constituency office in Salford.  Read more

bush-brown.jpgDiplomacy with Iran is difficult to follow at the best of times. Yesterday Gordon Brown added to the confusion by announcing sanctions on Iran that do not exist. Whatever his motive, it has not helped Britain’s relations with the US, the EU or Iran. Quite a feat.

Here is the background. Standing next to George W. Bush, the prime minister yesterday announced tough new EU sanctions on Iran.”We will take action today,” he said, “that will freeze the overseas assets of the biggest bank in Iran, the bank Melli.” Read more