Poor Gordon Brown. He was due to hold a press conference on Wednesday to discuss his role as the UN special envoy for global education, but only one journalist decided to go.
Gordon has this week been at the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he delivered a speech about a new UN initiative to put more children through school.
He’s been having fun while he’s been in New York, but he’ll have felt a bit let down by this I’m sure.
He was scheduled to address reporters at 16h00 on Wednesday to discuss the initiative, but he cancelled after the Daily Telegraph’s Mark Hughes was the only journalist interested.
Please enjoy how Hughes relates the incident:
As the former Prime Minister stood in the background, a message was played on the loudspeaker reminding the media that Mr Brown was due to speak.
At about 4.20pm another message was played over the public address system informing the media that Mr Brown’s press conference was cancelled.
After waiting for 20 minutes, the Daily Telegraph was told by a press officer that Mr Brown’s planned appearance was cancelled.
Mr Brown, who was with his wife Sarah, left the United Nations’ North Lawn building shortly afterwards.
He [had] opened the New York stock exchange on Tuesday, performing the traditional ringing of the bell to signal the start of the day’s trading on Wall Street.
And he created headlines later that day when he told Reuters that Europe was in a “new tranquility period”, enjoying a calm period thanks to the European Central Bank’s plan to buy debt from eurozone countries.
It’s okay, Gordon.
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