Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Gordon Brown wins Nobel Peace Prize

As was widely expected, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ahead of the London G20 summit:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to Gordon Brown for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three weeks, to resolve the international financial crisis. These efforts have contributed to a more peaceful world and to "fraternity between nations" in Alfred Nobel's spirit.

Throughout all his adult life, whether as a senior British public servant and Prime Minister or in an international capacity, Brown has worked for fiscal prudence and stability. For the past twenty days, he has figured prominently in endeavours to resolve several serious and sudden financial crises. In 1997 he played a significant part in the establishment of the Bank of England’s independence; in 2009 he and his organization New Labour (NuLab) were central to the solution of the complicated global “WTF” question in the run up to the London G20 summit. Last week and again yesterday, he sought under especially difficult circumstances to find a solution to the the world’s economic crisis. In 2008 Brown played a key role in finding a peaceful conclusion to the problems in Iraq. He has also made constructive contributions to the resolution of conflicts in Northern Ireland, in Central Asia, and in the Scottish Parliament.

Although the parties themselves have the main responsibility for avoiding economic recessions and financial crises, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has on several occasions awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to mediators in international politics. Today Brown is an outstanding international mediator. Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international financial disasters. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to express the hope that others may be inspired by his efforts and his achievements.

The Archblogger of Westminster, the Most Relevant and Right Hyperlinkable Iain Dale, has welcomed the news:
“I like to think I’m big enough to put party politics aside for a moment in order to congratulate Gordon and aknowledge his successes in restoring public faith in our political and financial institutions. I may not agree with all of his policies but it would be churlish of me not to admit that he is both a great statesman and a great Prime Minister.”

In the PM’s native Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond has declared a national holiday to mark the occasion in celebration of Caledonia’s favourite son.

Meanwhile US President Barack Obama has announced that Camp David will be renamed Camp Gordon in the Prime Minister’s honour.

23 comments:

Damon Lord said...

Now THAT is an April Fool's...

Odin's Raven said...

Nice one.

Events Dear Boy also has a good one at
http://howarddenton.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-global-role-for-brown-to-be.html?showComment=1238542080000#c4751516688168642666

Amber said...

LONDON (AFP) — Fabio Capello has confirmed that Gordon Brown will play centre forward for England in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. Dashing Michael Owen's hopes of an international recall.

SaltedSlug said...

'kin 'ell.
That was enough to bring me out in a cold sweat.

Budgie said...

After the Nobel Peace Prize can McDebt be awarded the Taking the Peace Prize?

Bill Quango MP said...

Don't praise him yet. Looks like he's dumping the pound for an agreement on the G20.


Brown plans to join the Euro

Rob Farrington said...

I thought I was tripping. And I haven't even started on the nutmeg and banana skin spliffs yet *shudders*!

Mitch said...

ho ho ho.

this will make you chuckle

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/03/29/earth-hour-in-california-success-or-bust-the-caiso-power-graph-tells-the-story/

David Davis said...

But if we're not careful, we'll wake up from this bad dream to find the Nobel buggers _really have_ done it.

Henry Crun said...

Camp Gordon....er quite.

Anonymous said...

Don't do that again!
I forget the date and I now feel sick.

TBR said...

You almost had me there.

PM of NZ said...

The best post I've seen all day!

Have shamelessly linked to your masterpiece.

Anonymous said...

Yew dissin Gord agin? You fuel.

Rob said...

I noticed on Ian Dale's site that Rifkind, the MP for Kensington and Chelsea, claimed £2,500 in travel expenses for flights to Edinburgh.

Kensington and Chelsea is at most a few miles from Parliament, but it seems claiming this money "didn't break the rules".

Has any MP ever broken these mythical rules? Do they actually exist?

Anonymous said...

Gaaaaaah.

Please don't do that again.

Rachel Miller

Bogeyman said...

Nothing would surprise me since they awarded a Nobel to the greatest living con-man, Al Gore.

Anonymous said...

Rob said "Has any MP ever broken these mythical rules? Do they actually exist?"

The first rule of MP's expenses is, you don't talk about MP's expenses.

The second rule of MP's expenses...

Z.

Simon Dyda said...

The first rule of MP's expenses is, you don't talk about MP's expenses.

The second rule of MP's expenses...


LOL

:D

Chalcedon said...

Thank God it's April fools day.

:-)

the a&e charge nurse said...

Sure, Broo'n is not fit to receive the nobel prize but we must to go back a little further to find real irony.

How about Kissinger picking up the gong in '73 ?

This despite his penchant for blanket bombing Cambodian civilians (resulting in 600,000 deaths).
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/American_Empire/Nixon_Cambodia_LFE.html

He did come up with a few decent epithets though - here's one of them.
"High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make".

Dominic Allkins said...

Bloody hell. I nearly spat coffee all over my keyboard.

Don't bloody do that again.

;-)

MAS1916 said...

Had to double check this one. Nice piece!

Perhaps Daniel Hannan would like to pick up the award for him.