Brown is infamous for he was at the center of the international efforts to tackle the impact of the near-meltdown of the banks in 2008.
He said there was a need for a taskforce involving world leaders, health experts and the heads of the international organizations that would have executive powers to coordinate the response.
On March 26th, and subsequently on March 31st, the G20 met in a virtual meeting to address the situation.
The first meeting was that of G20 leaders who participated in a virtual summit to discuss cooperative efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, safeguard the global economy, address international trade disruptions, and enhance global cooperation.
In a statement released following the summit, the G20 leaders highlight that the “unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and vulnerabilities.” The statement also indicates that the pandemic “calls for a transparent, robust, coordinated, large-scale and science-based global response in the spirit of solidarity.”
To fight the pandemic, the leaders committed to “seek to ensure adequate financing to contain the pandemic and protect people, especially the most vulnerable.”
Actions such as the exchange of epidemiological and clinical data, sharing of materials for research and development, and strengthening health systems globally will be pursued. The leaders also pledged to strengthen the World Health Organization’s (WHO) mandate in coordinating the international fight against the pandemic, including “the protection of front-line health workers, delivery of medical supplies, especially diagnostic tools, treatments, medicines, and vaccines.”
The second meeting was that of ministers of finance and central bank governors. They discussed the next steps that the G20 will take to develop and activate the action plan that includes the exceptional financial and monetary measures taken by all members of the G20, defines policy recommendations to protect the international community and reduce the spread of the virus to prevent a global economic crisis, and takes medium and long-term precautionary steps and measures to stimulate market recovery and ensure the continuity and sustainability of economic growth in a balanced and comprehensive manner.
However, according to Gordon Brown, that was not enough. According to him, the meeting should’ve included the UN Security Council, as well.
“This is not something that can be dealt with in one country,” he said. “There has to be a coordinated global response.”
Brown said the current crisis was different to the one he was involved in. “That was an economic problem that had economic causes and had an economic solution.
“This is first and foremost a medical emergency and there has to be joint action to deal with that. But the more you intervene to deal with the medical emergency, the more you put economies at risk.”
Another G20 meeting, with included developed and developing countries will take place on April 2nd, and the UNSC should be included then, in his opinion.
According to Brown, the proposed global working group could work on two fronts at once – to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis.
Over the past two weeks, many countries have announced economic measures and the allocation of funds to combat the virus and the crisis.
According to Brown, an “interim global government” could coordinate the efforts of central banks; take measures to prevent record capital outflows from emerging market economies; and agree on a joint approach to using government spending to drive growth.
Brown is a voice that gets quite a bit of ear listening, back in 2008 he persuaded other global leaders of the need to bail out the banks and then hosted a meeting of the G20 in London, which came up with a $1.1tn rescue package.
In Brown’s view, back in 2008 there was resistance, but now it should be obvious that no country could tackle the issue alone.
“We need some sort of working executive,” Brown said. “If I were doing it again, I would make the G20 a broader organisation because in the current circumstances you need to listen to the countries that are most affected, the countries that are making a difference and countries where there is the potential for a massive number of people to be affected – such as those in Africa.”
Of course, crises like this one could come and go on a very regular basis, and what’s stopping the “Interim” World Government from becoming a “Permanent” one remains unclear.
Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party, and a founding member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), took issue with the former Labour Prime Minister’s advocacy for a world government.
“Gordon Brown doesn’t get it,” he tweeted.
“Globalisation is the cause of our problems, not our saviour.”
But English Catholic writer Laurence England found Brown’s advocacy more disturbing than naive.
“Gordon Brown does get it,” he tweeted in response.
“The One World Government is about sheer power over populaces, not about helping people. They want a world of slaves. He was a key Bilderberg attendee.”
The Bilderberg meetings have been used as a forum for world elites since 1954 to further their vision for the world. Attendees are free to use information from the discussions. No one is allowed to reveal who said what.
Other high-profile individuals who have participated in the Bilderberg meeting include elites such as David Rockefeller, Bill Gates, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Tony Blair, Emma Bonino, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
According to its own literature, the purpose of the annual Bilderberg Meeting is to “foster dialogue between Europe and North America.”