The Prime Minister was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after Downing Street claimed that he was spearheading a Yemen terror crackdown with Barack Obama. Mr Brown had to admit today that he had not even discussed the issue with the American President since the attack that nearly brought down a transatlantic airliner on Christmas Day.
No 10 claimed on Saturday that Mr Brown had agreed with Mr Obama to launch a new initiative to thwart the Al Qaeda group responsible. 'Amongst the initiatives the PM has agreed with President Obama is US-UK funding for a special counter-terrorism police unit in Yemen,' the statement said, adding that the plans had 'been discussed in a series of phone calls since the failed plot'.
But that was exposed as spin yesterday when Mr Brown was asked in a TV interview whether he had spoken to Mr Obama. He replied: 'Not directly.'
Senior American officials rubbished the Downing Street spin, pointing out that the counter-terrorism police force has in fact been operating for months. A senior Obama official said he was 'unaware of any new joint effort'.
Brown is in his last days. All failed Governments are like a plane going down in a tail-spin. Brown the buffoon is no different. The man and his rag-tag Government have become a ridiculous and dangerous joke. Time they went now and some fresh ideas and thinking in Government were brought in, whether in the U.K. or preferably in an independent Scotland.
TAXI FOR BROON!