...but it's not much clearer where he stands. George Parker of the Financial Times calls it "lacklustre" and suggests that it will only confirm the widespread suspicion that Mr Brown isn't very interested in foreign affairs. The Daily Mail's Ben Brogan ridicules phrases like a "new network of changemakers". "Guff," he calls it.
(1) The Prime Minister is determined to face down the excesses of anti-Americanism on the British left. Speaking at the Lord Mayor of London's banquet, Mr Brown said:
"It is no secret that I am a life-long admirer of America. I have no truck with anti-Americanism in Britain or elsewhere in Europe and I believe that our ties with America - founded on values we share - constitute our most important bilateral relationship. And it is good for Britain, for Europe and for the wider world that today France and Germany and the European Union are building stronger relationships with America."
(2) There is no big break with the Blair era. Although inch by inch Gordon Brown has been withdrawing from Iraq, James Forsyth at The Spectator believes that the overall continuity with the Blair era is noteworthy (as does Jonathan Levy at Sky). James is also interested in hints of a willingness to work outside of the UN:
"One phrase in the speech which deserves special attention is, “resolutions matter results matter even more.” Now I might be vastly over-interpreting this line but in foreign-policy speak this kind of reasoning is a standard defence for working outside the framework of the UN when necessary."
(3) British politicians are keeping their foreign policy options open. Although there is slightly more interventionist rhetoric in Brown's speech than a recent foreign policy speech by Conservative leader David Cameron, neither of Britain's two main political parties are wanting to commit to any strong positions for the time being. Britain's third party - the Liberal Democrats - is clear that all international military action should be endorsed by the UN, that Europe needs a more united foreign and defence policy, that troops must come out of Iraq quickly, that military action against Iran would be wrong. Britain's two main parties are eschewing certainties, however, and are waiting and watching.
Full Brown speech here.