Brown serves Indian delicacies to soften critics
London: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
has served India's famed chicken curry and other mouth
watering delicacies to woo disgruntled trade union bosses over
the prickly issue of public spending cuts amid recession.
Chequers, the premier's country residence, for once gave
away the traditional beer and sandwiches for the eastern
delicacies, the Daily Mail reported.
Brown is trying to prevent a threatened union revolt that
could damage the Labour party's prospects at the next general
election due by mid-2010.
At the dinner, Brown reportedly promised union leaders
that he will not cut school and hospital jobs to deal with
mounting national debt.
"While the prime minister made it clear that there will
be tough choices on public spending in future years, he
reiterated his commitment to the role of public services and
manufacturing in Britain's future growth," a No 10 Downing
Street spokesman said.
Among those invited was Derek Simpson, the leader of
Britain's biggest trade union, Unite.