I am like Titian, Gordon Brown tells baffled world leaders

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Gordon Brown provoked ridicule last night after bizarrely comparing himself to the celebrated Italian artist Titian.

In a baffling remark that will do little to allay fears within his party about his grip on the economic crisis, the Prime Minister cited the Renaissance artist in defence of his performance.

'This is the first financial crisis of the global age,' he said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. 'And there is no clear map that has been set out from past experience to deal with it.

'I'm reminded of the story of Titian, who's the great painter who reached the age of 90, finished the last of his nearly 100 brilliant paintings, and he said at the end of it, "I'm finally beginning to learn how to paint," and that is where we are.'

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