“We have not had these debates successfully. Why are we so much on the defensive on globalisation, why have we failed on the trade debate, why haven’t we persuaded people of the wisdom of what is being done on Iraq?”
Mr Brown said that the positive aspects of globalisation were not being communicated because voices on the internet focused on job losses and other downsides. It was a similar story on world trade, he added.
“One of the failures on trade is that we have not had the debate and on globalisation that we have not been prepared to have the debate,” Mr Brown said
There is not much incentive for government officials to use the internet to engage in these debates – and plenty of downside risks if we overstep the mark. I wonder whether Mr Brown will do more to encourage it.