It was interesting listening to BBC world service reflections on the G20 summit. The analysis focussed almost totally on the mood music- no mention was made of actual outcomes, as for instance the UK press has focused on. It was left to commentators to discuss that in a debate section.
The summit was presented mainly along the lines of personality. The BBC presenter couched the question as: the Obama – Brown relationship; respectful courtesy or something better?
How about utterly predictable, without political cost, and mainly for the cameras? In other words, no room was given for a genuinely critical perspective
The presenter continued:
Are we seeing the birth of a new and incredibly significant special relationship?
10 more years, I tell you!
The next question involved the comparison of the so-called “London Summit” with Camp David, Yalta, etc. Wow, that big huh?- until we were called on to remember that most summits are finally not too significant. Thus it was that expectations were lowered and Brown’s reputation elevated in the same broadcast.
Icing on the cake was the little ad for the BBC’s economic coverage which followed the broadcast, beginning with Brown’s gutteral “no time for a novice” soundbyte from one of the Great Leader’s top hits.