Fresh make-up will be applied as Brown leaves his problems behind this week. He is off on a lecture tour of Europe to meet the leaders that wish to sustain him in power. Today he meets Sarkozy and then later this week he attends the G8 submit. However, the message he gives on his “Save the World Part II” trip will be somewhat different to the one he paints at home:
As he begins a week of meetings with world leaders, the Prime Minister will strike an unexpectedly gloomy note about the prospects of an upturn and will demand that fellow heads of government “sound a second-wake up call for the world economy”.
Soaring oil prices, rising 75 per cent this year, protectionist measures contributing to a 10 per cent drop in trade and the failure of banks to start lending again could all put the recovery at risk, according to Downing Street.
Darling yesterday admitted the that economy was worse than at the time of the budget and growth may not return until early next year. So, Brown's game plan is rather transparent.
You can just hear him now:
It is not me gov. It is all Europe's fault. If the UK economy doesn't recover its all down to others not listening to what I know to be right.
Blah blah blah.
This week will be a dress rehearsal for what is to come.