Credit to the PM
The spouses of the G8 leaders were invited to drive the latest Japanese electric car around the summit venue today. Gordon Brown hopes we may all be tempted to do the same sooner than we think.
The prime minister is hailing a breakthrough at the G8 on a climate change deal. A breakthrough which involves the American's agreeing for the first time to a 50% target reduction for green house gas emissions and a list of 25 ways in which the world can get more energy efficient, including those electric and hybrid cars.
The sceptics will note, of course, that the American agreement is conditional on a wider climate change deal in Copenhagen next year, involving the developing countries like China and India. This is more a step on the way than any sign that that deal will actually take place.
The prime minister is being credited behind the scenes with ensuring that the G8 did not backslide on its commitments to African development. The Italians and the French in particular were said to be keen to water down commitments made at the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005 to double aid for Africa.
Gordon Brown looks pretty satisfied with the work of his first G8 summit, much less so by questions that came from all political journalists about whether this might be his last.