Call him a terrier, not a poodle

Gordon Brown, Britain’s treasury chief and the man likely to suceed Tony Blair as the next PM is

less affable and more introverted than Mr. Blair. The Scotsman has vowed a change in direction on Iraq and does not want to become Mr. Bush’s lap dog.

“He doesn’t want to have the ‘poodle’ mantle. He’d rather be a Scottish terrier,” said Reginald Dale, a British senior fellow in the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Terriers are loyal, but feisty and independent.”

Hmmm, does Mr. Dale know about Barney? Now there’s a presidential lapdog.