Gordon Brown’s world humiliation tour continues

Between his less-than-stellar White House visit and MEP Daniel Hamman’s brutal takedown turning into a viral video hit, it’s not been a great PR month for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The latest uncomfortable moment came during his meeting in Chile with President Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet gave an explanation for why her country was still ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (R) attends a Progressive Governance Conference in Hertfordshire, hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (L) on April 04, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Between his less-than-stellar White House visit and MEP Daniel Hamman's brutal takedown turning into a viral video hit, it's not been a great PR month for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The latest uncomfortable moment came during his meeting in Chile with President Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet gave an explanation for why her country was still able to afford tax cuts that closely (if unintentionally) mirrored Tory criticisms of Brown's handling of the economy: 

“I would say that because of the decisions we took during the good times, we were able to save some money for the bad times. And I would say that today that policy is producing results.” 

It's gonna be quite a G-20.

Between his less-than-stellar White House visit and MEP Daniel Hamman’s brutal takedown turning into a viral video hit, it’s not been a great PR month for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The latest uncomfortable moment came during his meeting in Chile with President Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet gave an explanation for why her country was still able to afford tax cuts that closely (if unintentionally) mirrored Tory criticisms of Brown’s handling of the economy: 

“I would say that because of the decisions we took during the good times, we were able to save some money for the bad times. And I would say that today that policy is producing results.” 

It’s gonna be quite a G-20.

SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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