Britain and America have re-affirmed their intention to work together to beat the global recession. G20 host Gordon Brown called it ‘a partnership of purpose’ and said he thought world leaders were just hours away from agreeing a plan. President Obama acknowledged the human dimension of the crisis, and both men called on other countries to reject the temptation to take action alone.
“We have some tough negotiations ahead,” admitted the British Prime Minister. “It will not be easy. But I know by my talks this week and from my discussions with President Obama today that the world does want to come together. Britain and America working together can help make this consensus not just something that is agreed on paper but which truly delivers for peple everywhere who are worried about their jobs, and their hopes and their family budgets.” The President admitted the G20 will not agree on every point, but said it will do what is needed. “We have the responsibility to coordinate our actions and focus on common ground; not on occasional differences,” he said. “If we do, I believe we can make enormous progress. So, in the days ahead, I believe that we will move forward with the sense of common purpose. We have to do what is necessary to restore growth and pursue reforms that can stabilise our financial system in the future. We have to reject protectionism and accelerate support for emerging markets.” Other world leaders are arriving in London, as are thousands of anti-globalisation and anti-war protestors. Security is at an all-time high.