Brown looks to Obama for consensus
NEW YORK: It's Wednesday so it must be Wall Street.
The prime minister goes to Wall Street this morning on the latest leg of his tour to build what he calls a "global consensus for global change".
It's a consensus which, after yesterday's comments by the governor of the Bank of England, appears to elude him at home.
At a breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal, Gordon Brown will hope to persuade bankers - not to mention the paper's new owner Rupert Murdoch - to back his ideas for increased financial regulation, an end to tax havens and further action to stimulate the economy.
It is a package that now appears to have President Obama's whole hearted public support. In a newspaper article published around the world, the president says that he wants to see "bold action" to "kickstart the global economy" including what he calls a "robust and sustained" fiscal stimulus.
Mr Brown may prefer to listen to the advice of Barack Obama than that of Mervyn King.
However, the prime minister will do his best today to look unruffled by Mr King's warning that he cannot afford another significant stimulus.
Downing Street officials are stressing that more spending and borrowing is only one of the ways to get the economy moving again.
What are the other ways? Monetary policy - in the form of lower interest rates and quantitative easing.
The political problem with those measures for Gordon Brown is that the Tories support them too, so he cannot presently use them to create his much favoured "dividing lines" with the opposition.
Next stop, Brazil (a country which, incidentally, has a $200bn reserve).