Gordon Brown inspired applause breaks and a standing ovation in Congress today, urging America to team up with England in battling the financial crisis, the BBC reports. Brown urged lawmakers not to indulge impulses toward protectionism—which “protects no one,” the prime minister quipped—and called for new standards in “accountability, transparency, and reward” in banking.
Brown also acknowledged Obama’s more ambitious reforms: “We are summoned not just to manage our times but to transform them,” Brown said. He urged the US to capitalize on current international goodwill, saying, “You now have the most pro-American European leadership in living memory. Never before have I seen a world willing to come together so much. Never before has that been more needed."