Poor old Gordon Brown. He really is becoming more hapless than John Major was at the end of his time in office. Every single BBC news bulletin is reporting the fact that Brown's trip will get zero coverage in the US as it clashes with a Papal Visit. Only Gordon Brown could organise a trip to coincide with one of the most famous people in the world. "We didn't know," bleats Number Ten. Well isn't that the sort of cockup Stephen Carter is paid to prevent? And more to the point, what on earth are the hundreds of diplomats at the British Embassy doing? Did no one think to point out the clash to Number Ten? Or did they in fact do so but no one wanted to listen?
Whatever the truth of it, it's yet another chapter in the book of PR disasters this Prime Minister is experiencing. One thing is for sure, it would never have happened under Tony Blair.