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Don't neglect Gordon Brown. ODI's Adrian Hewitt gets in touch to warn us not to swallow the conventional wisdom that only an American can get the job.

His tip? British Chancellor, Gordon Brown, who is perhaps better liked in Washington than he is by his neighbour in Downing Street.

"Wolfensohn was no more American than Rupert Murdoch when he got the job a decade ago," Hewitt writes (more).

"Rato only got the IMF Managing Director's job with Latin American as well as European support, so mutatis mutandis, merely observe where Gordon Brown is now - in Africa; not for his health, nor because there are many Labour voters in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique or even South Africa. But these countries and the whole of the ACP (79 members incl South Africa) have direct or indirect representation on the Boards of the Bank (only a couple are suspended at the moment).

"Brown is qualified and he - not his rival Tony Blair - is currently in the chair of a key IMF Committee - another reason why he can bide his time before declaring his hand (which he couldn't do anyway until the current domestic UK political controversy has reached a conclusion)."

An end to Brown's long-held ambition to shoulder aside Tony Blair as British PM? It would be a political cataclysm in the UK. What we need now is for someone to suggest that Blair himself is after the job...

David Steven ~ January 12, 2005

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