Mon Feb 23rd, 2009 at 06:55:49 AM EST
This caught my eye over the weekend.
Gordon Brown scored a significant, morale-boosting diplomatic victory over French president Nicolas Sarkozy last night when Downing Street announced that he will be the first EU leader to meet President Barack Obama at the White House.
After weeks of behind-the-scenes lobbying by the French and British governments, Number 10 revealed that the prime minister had pipped his French rival to the post, securing an audience with the president on 3 March. British officials stressed that the meeting was proof that the "special relationship" between Britain and the US remained as strong as ever.
Privately, there was delight at Number 10 that Brown, who is struggling in the opinion polls as the economy goes from bad to worse, had got one over his French rival and would have a chance to raise his profile as a world leader alongside the new president.
Just as well there's nothing important happening in the world, eh?