The Financial Times' Jim Pickard has written a very funny blog. Noting Gordon Brown's constant blaming of the USA for the global recession he wonders what else Mr Brown could blame America for...
“Let us turn to the troubling issue of smoking-related illness and the huge cost of this born by the National Health Service. This is a problem which began in America when tobacco was grown by Native Americans who subsequently sold this product to white settlers for smoking.
One issue which keeps me lying awake at nights is that of pollution of the environment, of lakes, seas and forests, which has been imported to these shores via the Americans whose citizen Henry Ford invented the modern motor car.
Nuisance calls are the bane of modern Britain. Without the invention of the telephone in 1877 - by an American - they would never happen..."