The financial crisis is also a huge political issue for politicians around the world, particularly those aspiring to lead their countries. In Britain the opposition Conservative leader, David Cameron, made an appeal at his party’s conference for a united front.
“We should always be ready, we have always been ready, at a time of national difficulty, to put aside party differences to halp bring stability and to help bring reassurance. And we cannot allow what happened in America to happen here. “
For his part, Prime Minister Gordon Brown tried to steady the ship. He said the outcome of the vote in Congress was “very disappointing.” But he added that he and Britain’s finance chiefs would “take whatever action is necessary to ensure the continued stability of the (financial) system.”
Brown’s Labour Party is trailing badly in the polls but a survey today shows more voters trust Brown to deal with the crisis than Cameron.