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Brown not out: Gordon tells students to look beyond crash

Grainne Cunningham

Published 11/12/2010 | 05:00

BRIAN Cowen, take note. Just seven short months after a disastrous election sent him into involuntary unemployment, Gordon Brown is back in business.

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With his new book, 'Beyond the Crash', the former British prime minister has found a way to both justify and reinvent himself in one fell swoop.

There was standing room only at the venue in Trinity College, Dublin, where Mr Brown accepted the Historical Society's Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse.

He wooed his audience well, while plugging his book -- which insists that only a global response can solve the current crisis.

But his four-year-old son may have the measure of him. He recently announced that he wants to be a teacher, builder and a dad.

"You're just a dad," he told his bemused father.

At least Mr Cowen also has that to hold on to.

Irish Independent

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