Sunday, June 22, 2008

Brown's Brave Oil Move...

In the early 21st century, Gordon Brown, as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, embarked on a personal campaign for debt relief. He was not the initiator, but became the most senior government official of any country working towards that particular issue dearly. I remember seeing him on TV in 2004 on a visit to Nelson Mandela where debt forgiveness was also discussed. On that particular occasion, Mr. Mandela showed a heart-felt gratitude and praised Mr. Brown for his passion towards the issue. It was on that occasion that I took to the man and started watching him.

Yet, Gordon Brown is still not my best of persons, but he has some very serious traits that leave him on my list of respected politicians. Although many people do not like him as a person, he remains a person of originality. And what I call originality is that Gordon Brown passes on message like a man in his house who deal with things as situation changes – something you can equal to a dynamic approach; not buying some you were poised to because something of a higher priority arose or the money didn’t come as expected. This is about people who are in control of their environment than people who will spend on their credit cards because their friends are going to clubs and they think they just have to.

So today, Mr. Brown is off to Saudi Arabia on a very bold step to talk to the oil barons. Just as he was not believed in pursuing debt relief because it thought he wanted to portray he does something, a lot of people also thinks “he don’t understand how world business work” as someone has just said on BBC News24. But for people like Brown, it is not about achieving exactly what is expected but it is about braving and initiating it knowing that something impacting will come out of it. And initiating talks as challenging and tricky as subjects such as the ones Brown embarks on goes, I think it takes a man with fairness to get into them.

In July 2006, the world stood and watched as many poor countries where given blank cheques. Something that might not have lifted poverty as expected but at least made an impact. I am not an advocate of debt relief, as I believe people have to pay for what they use, - simple as that, - yet, I do forgive people what they owe me as I don’t have a focus on wealth but on what I need.

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