Gordon Laughs

Watching the notoriously humor impaired former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on The Daily Show was an out of body experience for me. He’s on a book tour plugging his tomeBeyond The Crash and had a moderately interesting chat with Jon Stewart. But when Stewart asked if “we’re all Socialists now,” Gordon dropped the ball and didn’t say “I was a Labour PM and what’s wrong with a bit of socialism?”

The Labour Party *used* to be a Social Democratic party until Blair and Brown fell in the love with “the markets.” That dalliance led to an economic boom from 1997 to 2008 but then came the crash. Brown performed better than most national leaders during the crisis but ended up taking the fall anyway. It was primarily due to the strange uncharm of the man.

Watching him feebly banter with Jon Stewart made me think of the slogan for Ernst Lubitsch’s great 1939 film Ninotchka: Garbo Laughs. Greta, however, was much funnier than her fellow diva Gordon Brown. Perhaps prima donna is a better phrase. I noticed that TDS had Brown’s good side facing the camera: he lost one of his eyes as a wee lad in Scotland, which many UK pundits believe is the cause of his extreme awkwardness and insecurities. I’m not sure if I buy it but what’s a bit of psycho-biography among friends.

Anyway, here’s the clip. Notice how Gordon laughs whenever he *thinks* Stewart is trying to be funny.

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3 thoughts on “Gordon Laughs

  1. darrelplant says:

    I kept waiting for Stewart to ask him the obvious question that he seemed to be dancing around : If the individual countries didn’t even know what was going on in the financial sector, how could they possibly regulate it? It’s one thing not to be able to do anything about transnational institutions but in the US and the UK the government finance people were either completely unaware of the impending crisis or colluding with the people making wads of cash from it.
    Considering that Brown was theChancellor of the Exchequer—the guy in charge of finances for Great Britian—for the 10-year run-up of the financial crisis, it seems pretty lame to let him off without asking why he didn’t see this coming.

  2. adrastos says:

    Yeah, you rite. Brown spent much of that period bragging that New Labour had ended the cycle of “Tory boom and bust.” Oops.

  3. pansypoo says:

    greenspan couldn’t see shit either. maybe if you are in it, you wear blinders. i enjoyed him on TDS. but are we gonna pay heed to what ordon said about the banksters?

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