London, Aug.5 : Beleaguered British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been compared to the captain of the Titanic that sank in 1912.
None other than former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has made this farcical comparison. It appeared on the Labourhome website.
Referring to a party member who he had talked to about "getting a new captain", The Independent quoted Prescott, as saying: "I always find it interesting when people use maritime analogies when they talk about leadership. But it wasn't the captain that sank the Titanic - a ship they claimed was unsinkable - it was the iceberg. The best way to avoid disaster is to manage your way around the problem."
Prescott added: "Speaking as someone who's served on a ship and in a leadership, the best person to steer us through is a captain with the experience to navigate through these stormy financial global seas."
The first details of Brown's fight back next month emerged as Downing Street announced he would hold his first cabinet meeting on September 8.
He has chosen to travel out of London for the session with his top team - who are likely to have emerged from a cabinet reshuffle the week before - in the West Midlands.
Downing Street said the point of leaving Westminster to hold the meeting was to engage with the public.