Patrick Wintour

Patrick Wintour

Patrick Wintour

 

Brown's 'broken promises'

Patrick Wintour

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week set the stage to announce a November 1 general election next week. A poisonous row has erupted between the two main political parties in the United Kingdom over Brown's decision to fly to Iraq in the middle of the Opposition Conservative (Tory) Party's annual conference.

Cherie: 'Sack the chancellor'

Patrick Wintour

Cherie Blair repeatedly urged her husband to sack Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown as she became incensed by his behaviour towards the prime minister, a family friend of the Blairs has disclosed. Barry Cox, who has known the couple for 30 years, said that while the relationship between Blair and his chancellor had been strained since the mid-1990s, the prime minister finally began to believe the worst of his successor during his final year in office.

It's curtains for Gordon

Patrick Wintour

The year of waiting, the countless hours of planning -- if not plotting -- are over. Gordon Brown, it seems, has not just measured the curtains at No 10 Downing Street metaphorically. They have been ordered and delivered. Indeed, Brown is actually preparing to move into No 10, and not on May 4 or May 31, but possibly sooner.

Highlights and hindsight

Patrick Wintour

The first G7 gathering took place in 1975, the start of a history of broken pledges, verbose communiqués and intangible commitments by the rich world to do something about Africa. At the last British G8 in Birmingham in 1998, Tony Blair sounded hopeful. The final communiqué said: "We are encouraged by the new spirit of hope and progress in Africa."

Aids vaccine possible by 2012, Brown tells Africa

Patrick Wintour

An effective Aids vaccine could be found as early as 2012, saving six million lives if the world is willing to put £10-billion a year into a new programme, the British chancellor, Gordon Brown, said in a speech on Wednesday night in Tanzania. Brown put forward a four-point package to fight HIV/Aids as a central strand of Britain's presidency of the G8 this year. British minister wants more aid for Africa