A meeting between Gordon Brown and Pele, the Brazilian soccer legend, was supposed to be taking place today.
(Brown touched down in Brazil today as the latest leg of his hectic Strasbourg/New York/Brazil/Chile trip).
The word from 10 Downing St this morning seemed to be that the Pele event was no longer happening. Not clear yet how or why. No doubt the prime minister, a keen football fan, will be disgruntled.
Downing St point out that they never said a meeting was agreed. Instead it was only a speculative report in the Evening Standard. Therefore I’m wrong to say it was “no longer happening”. Fair enough.
Another government person points out: “It was never said that we were seeing Pele. His schedule meant it wasn’t possible. But Pele knows Gordon is in town and has sent him his best wishes and even flowers so where’s the snub?”
Okay, okay, I get it.