The media worked itself into a lather over the US Investment Conference. A handful of job announcements, local political leaders fawning over each other, and some marvelous weather seemed to do the trick in producing a ‘feel good’ factor. I do hope however that our visitors don’t go home thinking it’s like this all the time.
Gordon Brown apparently looked terrible and made several verbal slip ups – such as ‘the Good Friday Agreement reached at St Andrews’. He dismissed calls for a special lower rate of corporation tax from a leading industrialist (it was notable how the local politicos refused to be drawn into the debate). Mr Brown announced that if the Executive manages to sell off even more assets than it had previously planned it could keep the proceeds. Again local politicos mumbled but did not publicly criticise the PM.