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Cameron: Gordon Brown not appropriate for IMF role

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.”


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  1. Cannot believe he is being considered. About 3 years ago our total external debt was near 20% of total world debt. The idiot even taxed private pensions by £5bn a year when we become an aged population by 2020. He’s a dangerous loon.

  2. The thought of this buffoon being allowed anywhere near finance is enough to make me want to start a revolution!
    Its about time the people are allowed to decide who represents them,and not a load of freeloading politicians.
    Blair then Brown-its almost a horror movie scenario!

  3. The very idea that Mr Brown should be considered for the (Head Boy) post within the International Monetary Fund is absurd and an insult to the UK electorate bearing in mind the financial devastation he left as Chancellor and Prime Minister, which was only exaggerated by the world recession, but still evident. Such appointment could in my view to undermine the legitimacy and credibility and possible future of the International Monetary Fund.

  4. What a ridiculous suggestion – they’ll be putting Tony Blair forward next as a Middle-East peace envoy!!

  5. This is unbelievable! Gordon Brown is simply financially incompetant

  6. I’m sure the fact the Osbourne & Cameron have put the boot in for his attempts to become MD of the IMF is enough of a ‘no confidence’ for him not to get the job.

    It should go to a successful individual and not a failed politican who nearly bankrupted his country.

  7. You could not make it up. The laughable part is he thinks he is fit for the job.

  8. It would be hard to think of anyone more inappropriate than Gordon Brown for the role! For 12 years he was banging on about the end of boom and bust, but took away the BoE’s powers to regulate borrowing in the economy? He was also always banging on about prudent economic policies but was a high taxing, big borrowing and excessive spending chancellor? He even sold off 400 tons of our gold in 1999 at an average of $275 an ounce (current price: $1,495) when the price of gold was at a 20 year low and many city advisors advised him against the sale!

    He is arrogant and incompetent, which is a dangerous combination in a position of power. IMF beware….Gordon Brown will seriously damage your reputation and wealth!!!

  9. As IMF MD Brown would be as effective as Hoban is to Financial Services.

  10. Let’s hope so basil, but it ain’t over till the fat female person sings…

  11. It is very important the IMF is lead by someone extraordinarily competent and capable.”

    not Gordon Brown then…….!!!

  12. What about Brian Cowen then?

  13. This moron should not even be allowed to be trusted to give his children their pocket money!!!

  14. It is like putting Dracula in charge of the Blood Transfusion Service

  15. Today is the nineteenth of April – not the first of April !

  16. Brown should be tried and at the very least be placed in the Tower of London for acts of treason against the State. As a scot, he has led the the most successful attack on our economy for over 500 years, acheiving what the french, spanish and german armies never did, ie bankrupting us. Queenie, you must reinstate your powers and end this loons pomposity once and for all. Orf wiv is ed marm!

  17. All a bit mean spirited after-all he only sold all the gold at bottom of the market, taxed pension funds to incentivise long term savings, created a tripartate regulator that was doomed to fail at extrodinary cost, he only contracted via many PFI agreements around 56 billion of extra “off balance sheet” debt, he only scrapped the 10p tax rate , he only incrased around 56 other stealth taxes and then he decided to print vast amounts of unearned money around £220 billion to ensure inflation took off around the world, he only spent around £100 billion bailing out the banks and letting them continue to operate as before as a “commercial imperative” ensuring small business was trashed that credit insurance was removed from small and many medium sized business ensuring as difficult a trading position as possible for them and then instigating a employer national insurance tax rise.
    Come on he is perfect material for the IMF job.

  18. Call me an old cynic but, could this be the reason for his abject apology a few days ago……if I say I’m sorry I’ll be forgiven and I can then get another top job, really well paid and not give a stuff about the havoc I have left in my wake?

  19. The contributors so far are obviously unaware of the facts and basing their feeling on the fact that Brown started the FSA who they all hate.

    The fact is Gordon Brown steered the West through the Credit Crunch and the US adopted his strategy. Don’t bother replying telling me he caused the problem because that is political hogwash, for all Brown’s faults as a PM he was fantastic Chancellor better than the bumbling public schoolboy Gideon call me George Osborne.

  20. @ Sterto

    “Steered the west through the credit crunch”

    You are funnier than michael McIntyre.
    Why not audition for Britains got talent?

  21. Brown would not trust him to run a newspaper round. Finally I think all of us should sent a petition to No 10 stopping this individual.

  22. Sterto – Brown a fantastic chancellor? – Are you his Mum? – He was a nightmare of a chancellor, possibly even worse than Dennis Healey when we had to go cap in hand to the IMF ourselves. He’s sold off our gold at rock bottom prices,massively increased taxes and red tape, nearly bankrupted us, saddled us and our children with mountainous debts – nothing to do with the FSA – his utter incompetence and arrogance beggars belief. This is beyond politics.

  23. To Sterto. You are correct to say the US ‘followed’ GB’s lead on saving the banks BUT history will show this was a HUGE policy error. Look at Ireland an economy consumed by its bank bailout and they still need more!! Iceland’s refusal turned out to be the smart thing to do and their economy is bouncing back. Even the ICoB report last week said a repeat of the event would see banks on their own(as it should have been in September 2008) When one UK bank alone has a balance sheet bigger than the UK GDP-ie RBS you begin to appreciate the magnitude of the bail out.No, GB saved the banks simply because as the principal cause of the problem -lax regulation- he thought that being part of the solution would mitigate the blame on him and it appears he has managed to convince you!!

  24. I have said my bit about Gordon Brown earlier, so this is just a response to Sterto: please tell me you posted that as a joke, and you aren’t really that stupid or misinformed!

  25. Interested Party 19th April 2011 at 6:02 pm

    This discussion board is like a right wing party convention. Completely irrational people with typical knee jerk reactions. Fire off a slating comments while foaming at the mouth. Every Chancellor and every PM ends up failing but it does not abnegate some success including taking a leading role in not allowing the banking crisis kill every economy in the world. He is not perfect, obviously is a difficult man but he has strengths as well. Can anyone list what Osbourne is good for?

  26. Most of the comments are totally rational and factually correct. These people have had 14 years to build up an opinion of Gordon Brown, I hardly call that knee jerk reactions! George Osbourne is taking action and tackling the deficit. ‘Interested Party’ (?) maybe your comment would have some credibility if you actually listed Gordon Browns achievements rather than just insulting the other commentators!

  27. The only two good things Brown did for this country were to keep us out of the Euro and to resign.

  28. Zvirimudendere Musanhu 19th April 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I dont see why he cant head up the IMF. They are just a political all boys club. Cameron would have done the same stuff that Gordon did and made the same decisions. Its easy for Tories to criticise now, they were part of the whole thing. Not saying Gordon is the best man for the job but i can think of people in the present gvt who could do worse.

  29. That cretin Brown should never be allowed anywhere near contol of public money again. The damage he has caused will have repercussions for generations to come.

  30. worldcitizenkiwi 20th April 2011 at 9:46 am

    A lot of Tory tosh comments here. GB is is both a philanthropist and brilliant economist. He understands, or in Camerons words her ‘gets’ debt very well and was instrumental in getting G20 to write off crippling debts across Africa. Camerons continual and inane comparison of UK to Greece and house hold credit card debt tells the world he is well out of his debt in terms of understanding. As too it seems are many of the commentators here. I best duck now, but wanted to add some balance to the stream of vitriole above

  31. @ Sterto….well said mate. With some exceptions it is notable throughout many of the comments that the same arguments and key words as listed by the Conservative Party Comms team for this article are used throughout. Well, one thing I do see with the Torries, they have got their PR machine and party activists engaged very well….this column of comments is yet another example of exactly that, swamping all other points of view. Just to show my colours, I do think that GB would be a very good MD for The IMF….a good mix of economist and philanthropist, neither of which are understood by David Cameron.

  32. Putting Crash Gordon in charge of the IMF would be rather like putting a serial arsonist in charge of a munitions factory.

    For him even to think he might be remotely suitable is appalling. Most of us would just like to see him disappear quietly into obscurity, never to be heard of again, preferably without the benefit of his massive public sector pension.

  33. For once we’ve got a PM who is talking sense.

    Its a fantastic idea to consider emerging economy citizens for the position as clearly, we in the west, have no financial values around debt and stability. Boom or bust. Nothing steady.

    I’m no Tory, but It just goes to show what a first class from Oxford is all about. We’re seriously lucky to have someone of that standing running the country.

  34. A few years ago Gordon Brown was rated the best Chancellor ever, Cameroon should let him move on. Waiting to see what he(David Cameron) will do in the next couple of years. He is already a failure anyway.

  35. Yes the country is currently in debt with debt burden increasing towards the last term of the labour government. Nevertheless it will be naive to judge Gordon Brown on this basis. Trying to create confidence in the market is not a bad idea and you cannot do this by scare mongering. Economic policy in the longer term looks good (investment investment) as the country is getting too use to short term policy hence boom burst cycle. This guy deserve a little bit of respect.

  36. ‘A few years ago Gordon Brown was rated the best Chancellor ever’ ?????!!!!!
    Even a few years ago he was still fooling a lot of people who should have known better?
    Now that the things he was doing from day 1 are common knowledge (or are they?) how can anyone with half a brain be defending him?

  37. What a joke, this evil man Brown who left the country in a complete mess is being considered for the IMF. The only thing that matches this for the joke column is John Prescott being a Lord. And we are supposed to look up to these crooks!!!

  38. Mr. Jogga SinghTeidy BA (Hons) RGN Cert.Ed CMAP 25th April 2011 at 5:52 pm


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