World Opinion: On the exit of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the world:
From The Associated Press
On the exit of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown:
Gordon Brown has twice starred in unlikely YouTube hits. The first was his response to the parliamentary expenses scandal, an ill-judged, ill-executed ploy that left him open to ridicule. The second was a speech in the last week of the election campaign to the charity Citizens UK, a passionate account of his commitment to equality and justice that even critics recognized as a brilliant oration.
The latter clip could not undo the damage of the former, just as Brown's moral drive could not, once he became prime minister, compensate for flaws in his judgment and temperament. One side of the man cost him the election. But the other produced heroic achievements: massive investment in Britain's poorest communities; championing global poverty issues at G8 summits; world leadership in response to the financial crisis.
Many people could outperform Brown on YouTube; very few can claim to have served country and planet with his level of dedication.
-- The Guardian, London