David Cameron has indicated he may block any bid by Gordon Brown to become International Monetary Fund managing director stating he is not the most appropriate candidate.
Ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown has emerged as a front runner to take over from the incumbent Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but would need to be nominated for the post by the Government.
Speaking on BBC’s Today programme this morning, Cameron said the candidate needs to “get” the dangers of excessive debt and deficit.
He said: “It seems to me that if you have someone who did not think we had a debt problem in the UK when we self evidently do have a debt problem, then they might not be the most appropriate person to work out whether other countries around the world have debt and deficit problems.”
Cameron suggested it could be time for the organisation to be headed by someone from “somewhere else in the world” to increase its standing among emerging economies.
He said: “You have got the rise of India and China and south Asia, a shift in the world’s focus, and it may well be the time for the IMF to start thinking about that shift in focus.
“I do not want a washed up politician from another country, It is very important the IMF is lead by someone extraordinarily competent and capable.”