In America the financial crisis has dealt yet another blow to an already unpopular President Bush. But in Britain, collapsing banks and volatile markets are the best thing to happen to Gordon Brown in recent months. In reasserting his global economic know-how, the prime minister, who is reportedly preparing an American-style bailout, has seen his once dismal poll numbers climb fast, reports the Daily Mail.
Finance remains one of Brown's strong suits: He served for 10 years as Tony Blair's chancellor, running the Treasury with an essentially free hand. While he still wouldn't win an election if it were called today, the PM is now polling higher than the Tories on economic competence for the first time in months. The crisis has also silenced Brown's critics inside the Labour Party, who only a few weeks ago were publicly trying to force him out.