It’s all the fault of the blue-eyed, it seems, as Luiz Lula da Silva, president of Brazil, a multiracial country with a GDP that puts it into the Top 10 biggest economies, is “not acquainted with a single black banker.”
“This crisis was caused by no black man or woman or by no indigenous person or by no poor person,” Lula said after talks with the [British] prime minister in Brasilia to discuss next week’s G20 summit in London.
“This crisis was fostered and boosted by irrational behaviour of some people that are white, blue-eyed. Before the crisis they looked like they knew everything about economics, and they have demonstrated they know nothing about economics” …
Lula lavished praise on Brown for always rallying to the help of Brazil as he made clear that he accepts many of the prime minister’s interventionist ideas for stimulating global growth. But as they stood in the formal entrance to the president’s palace, Brown had to watch as the pugilistic former trade union leader embarked on one of his familiar tirades.
Well, at least Brown has one friend.
Brown looked mildly uncomfortable during Lula’s outburst. He had hoped that their joint press conference would be dominated by his announcement that he will table plans at next week’s G20 summit in London for a new $100bn fund of credit guarantees to boost world trade.
Just not his week.