Gordon Brown in America

Embattled at home, Gordon Brown talks to TIME about his trip to the U.S. and his ambitious ideas for the world

Harry Borden for TIME

GARDENING LEAVE: Brown stands on front lawn during his last weekend in Scotland before a U.S. visit. Amid criticism from colleagues and opponents, there are rumors of ouster plots

Critics of Gordon Brown — and amid sliding approval ratings and mutterings from the ranks of his own Labour Party, there are more than a few — complain that Britain's Prime Minister lacks vision. They say he's a details man — not a bad attribute in a Finance Minister, the role he occupied for just over a decade, but a weakness in a national leader whose job it is to discern and articulate the bigger picture. Yet from the Scottish home Brown has owned for more than 20 years, a solid family house with large bay windows and a sloping front...

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