Set aside the personalities, and there is a rift in how to deal with the probem: is more debt-fuelled spending a good thing? Obama thinks so and so does Brown - but Darling doesn't and neither does Mervyn King. France and Germany are also sceptical, wanting regulation instead. And the current EU president is Mirek Topolanek, the Czech PM, who has referred to a debt-funded stimulus as the "road to hell," as it would sink countries further into debt without achieving much. He says the anaology was inspired by the AC/DC track Highway to Hell - and it may as well be the motif to Brown's next 15 months. The G20 will be a humiliation, the April budget a disaster, the June elections a bloodbath for Labour, and then we're on to another summer of his being dead in the water and getting challenged by banana-wielding members of the Cabinet.
In fairness to Brown, he is dying again because he came back from the dead last October against all the odds. Then, he thought he'd be an economic Churchill, fighting his own war against recession. It was not to be. As Churchill said: war is not like politics. In war, you can die only once. In politics: many times.
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