Forget about the credit crunch, deficit, soaring unemployment, riots, bankruptcies, street violence, deflation, resurgence of the IRA, and major unrest.
The PM has been holed up in Number 10 watching movie greats like ET, The Wizard of Oz and Lassie this weekend.
Obama’s gift to Brown on his recent American visit was a DVD box-set of 23 American classic films which was acquired by a White House aide for $29.99 from the bargain bucket at a local Washington CircuitCity store.
“Barack received some top notch gifts from Gordon including an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet. Brown also gave Obama a framed commission for HMS Resolute and a first edition of the seven-volume biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert. We gave him a box-set of 23 DVD’s. We also threw in a set of hubcaps for his prime minister’s car,” the White House’s press secretary, Donald Finklestein told Fox News.
Number 10 Downing Street was in movie heaven all of this weekend with about six films being watched daily by Brown.
“Gordon has been laid low in his lair watching American movies all of this weekend whilst the plotters in his cabinet plan their next move to oust him. His favourite film at the moment is Bruce Willis in Die Hard 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 because he reckons he’s like Officer John McClane who is hard to kill. He also likes greats like Casablanca, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and StarWars,” Number 10’s press secretary, John Winterton, told the Guardian newspaper.
The prime minister, who very rarely has the time to watch movies during his ailing prime ministership, is soon to find he will have all the time in the world to watch as many as he wants.