Gordon Brown’s popularity in the British polls has never been great. Recent news coverage in the UK seems to be determined to use Mr Brown as comic relief in these harsh times – for example see this Telegraph article on Gordon Brown’s smile. Having seen the recent Gordon Brown YouTube video though, it was pretty clear to Wonkie why Mr Brown is not a populist leader.
Regardless of what one thinks about Jacob Zuma on the other hand, one has to give him credit for what he has just achieved. Mr Zuma faced significant hurdles – personal, political, constitutional, legal, criminal in his ascent to power and despite all the negative press he received he is now president-elect of South Africa – the majority of South Africans do love him. Wonkie will be publishing a full background piece on Mr Zuma after the inauguration on 9 May.
As an aside, the Wonkie analytical team is researching if there is any correlation between the initials of world leaders and the kind of media attention they attract: George Bush, Gordon Brown – a coincidence? Or are they both part of an international heeby-GB club. To be safe, until our analysis is concluded Wonkie advises against naming your children Gekko Bagley or anything similar, just in case.