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Rudd pushing a G20 solution


Sam Roggeveen


27 October 2008 16:46

The Australian had quite the scoop on the weekend, with an account of a 10 October phone conversation between the Prime Minister and President Bush. In the course of their talk, Rudd apparently helped convince Bush that the international response to the financial crisis had to come via the G20, not the G7.

The story shows the PM in a very good light, but David Flint, writing on Crikey's daily newsletter (subscribers only), is surely right to say that the leaking of the call makes it harder for world leaders to trust that their conversations with Rudd will remain confidential.

The other main talking point from the article is a direct quote from President Bush, who apparently asked Rudd, 'What's the G20?' That reminded me of an anecdote about Bush that I recounted in September:

Somebody who knew President Bush well once remarked to me. "You'll notice he never asks questions."

"Why not?" I said.

"Because he doesn't know what it's okay for him not to know."

It's nice to see that the President has at least overcome his reticence.