But, in spite of the revisionism, the sentiment has cropped up elsewhere. A couple of weeks back, the Times quoted an anonymous "British official" saying the following:
"The new US regime is like an echo chamber. We are struggling to get people even to return our calls. They are totally focused on domestic issues and have not lifted their heads to look at the international perspective."
This almost-comic lack of cooperation from the US, ahead of the G20, is hardly encouraging for Brown. Throw in our PM's emphasis on forging a global "grand bargain", and most of the elements are already there for a very damp squib.