Gordon Brown is like Freddie Flintoff: Gulam Noon

August 1st, 2008 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 1 (IANS) A wealthy Indian-origin backer of Britain’s Labour party says beleaguered premier Gordon Brown will bounce back if given a chance - just like England cricketer Andrew Flintoff. “Gordon Brown has to take some unpalatable, bold decisions. Give a chance to Flintoff and I think he’ll take all the wickets today and he’ll probably win the match,” curry millionaire Sir Gulam Noon said Friday.

Flintoff took four wickets in the summer’s second Test match against South Africa Thursday in the course of a devastating fast bowling spell that commentators said recalled the England all rounder’s heyday.

Noon, known as the Curry King in Britain for his successful catering and food products empire, said Brown had to take some “tough decisions”.

“I think we are going through tough times. I always feel that tough times do not last long, but that tough people do. I think Gordon Brown is a tough man,” added Noon, who is a leading donor of the Labour Party.

Noon told BBC Radio Four that Brown should tackle increasing lawlessness among teenagers in Britain and order British troops home from Iraq.

“People are unhappy about our position in Iraq. We should get our boys and girls back - it would be a terrific signal and welcomed by the entire country,” he said.

Noon is among several wealthy businessmen to whom the ruling party owes nearly 19 million pounds despite measures to impose greater financial discipline.

The party brought down its debts from 24.5 million pounds last year but, according to its accounts, still owes 18.9 million pounds, although it has a surplus of 7.5 million pounds and 5.8 million pounds in cash.

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