The Little Britain show

  • Tim Weber
  • 28 Jan 07, 11:23 AM

Three UK jobseekers have been haunting Davos this week.

One wants to relocate, the other wants a promotion, and the third will soon be unemployed.

So did coming to Davos improve the chances of David Cameron to switch to the other side of the house and become prime minister, for Gordon Brown to prepare himself for the very same job, and for Tony Blair to find meaningful work once he becomes an elder statesman later this year?

One US newspaper was unkind enough to call it the “Little Britain” show.

Tony Blair certainly managed to make the best of it. A slightly sceptical businessman I talked to called the prime minister’s wide-ranging speech “the longest job advert I’ve ever seen”.

But the majority in the Congress Hall just fell in love with the prime minister, who received the longest applause I’ve heard here for quite some time, and a rare standing ovation.

It all felt very emotional. Was that the glint of a tear in Mr Blair’s eyes at the end of his speech?

But will he get that job? “Not with Iraq hanging around his neck,” sniffed a Davos regular.

Mr Brown, meanwhile, positioned himself to participate in sessions that gave him a chance to show that he is on top of what would be a prime minister’s brief.

If only his advisers would tell him to speak a bit slower when in Davos. Many people’s mother tongue here is not English.

And finally David Cameron. The Davos organisers love to invite up-and-coming politicians in opposition, just in case they really make it to the pinnacle of power.

It doesn’t always work. US senator John McCain was presented as “possibly the next US president” – yet again.

For Mr Cameron, the debutante, it was more a question of getting his face known, and he took to the stage in several of the biggest sessions.

It probably was not a breakthrough, but then he’s still got one or two Davos’ to attend before he gets his chance to apply for the top job.

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  • 1.
  • At 11:43 AM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • Richard wrote:

Last time I checked, David Cameron was male - so why does Tim Weber describe him as a debutante?

  • 2.
  • At 03:29 PM on 28 Jan 2007,
  • Ray B wrote:

Sorry to strike a negative note, but if on your return to the UK you stop a dozen or so people in the street and ask them what they thought about Davos, there is more chance of them telling you it serves him right to have been evicted and they want that nice Ms Shetty to win, rather than them knowing the first thing about any World Economic Forum.

Gordon Brown and David Cameron might just as well have stayed home for all the good their presence has done their electoral chances.

And the PM has got standing ovations for his speeches throughout his political career, 'delighting his Downing Street aides', but this will not stop said career ending in ignominy. Sad really, when his intentions were undeniably genuine. His political epitaph will be: He Talked The Talk.

.... And now he's going to walk the walk.

Wrong, so wrong.

Nick, is there a full video anywhere of Tony Blair's speech at Davos? Can you paste the url in here? I've only seen little snippets here.

I'll bet he's had plenty of job offers, but the only one he really wants is the one he's already got - (just about).

The man's a political genius and we Brits are too dull to realise.

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