This story from tomorrow's Belfast Telegraph (which is really today there but we wont get into that) transmits one of the first good pieces of news to come out of the new Prime Minister Mr. Brown.
Gordon Brown has paved the way for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by telling George Bush he would not delay their exit in order to show unity with the United States.
After four hours of one-to-one talks with the US President at his Camp David retreat, Mr Brown told a joint press conference he would make a Commons statement in October on the future of the 5,500 British troops in the Basra region.
The Bush administration, under mounting domestic pressure to produce an exit strategy from Iraq, has been nervous that a full British withdrawal would add to the criticism. But Mr Brown made clear - and President Bush accepted - that Britain would go its own way, even if that gave the impression the two countries were diverging
Perhaps, with luck, Gordo wont be Bush's poodle afterall. I'll bet the Chimp misses Tony about now.
And who will be left in the coalition of the willing? Is Palau still there? What about Poland? Does Morocco still want to send monkeys? Its rapidly starting to look like the Chimp is the only willing one left, and he's obviously too stupid to realize he's alone.