When Gordon Brown visited the White House a couple of weeks ago the mismatch between the gifts the two leaders exchanged seemed to reflect how they felt about each other.
Brown brought with him a specially carved pen holder made from the timbers of a British anti-slave ship – the sister ship to the one which provided the wood for the desk in the Oval Office. A very thoughtful, sincere and unique gift.
But he won’t be able to. We now find out that all the DVDs are set to play only in North American or “region one” DVD players. And Brown does not possess a multi-region player. So his present is now useless as well as a little insulting.
Just try to imagine what we would be saying if George W Bush gave such a parochial, technologically incompetent and insensitive gift?