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March 4, 2009 8:58 pm

Brown’s speech to Congress

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As soon as Gordon Brown finished his speech to Congress, a telling dispute broke out amongst the pundits on Sky Television. Had Brown got as many standing ovations as Tony Blair, when he addressed Congress in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq? Sky’s man in Congress insisted not. The studio back home called it as a draw – 19 standing ovations each.

The whole squabble was a telling sign that what really matters to the British audience is whether the Americans still love us – and how much. The British loath themselves for caring so deeply about this – but they cannot help themselves.

And what matters to the Americans? A textual analysis of Mr Brown’s speech shows how carefully his message was crafted to tickle the sensibilities of Congress.

Have your say: what did you think of Gordon Brown’s speech?

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