It's Official: The DVD's Don't Work

Psycho's Norman BatesIt was only speculation because we understand the arrogance, mixed with blissful ignorance, of the Obama Administration. What was speculation on our part has come to pass.

While not exactly a film buff, Gordon Brown was touched when Barack Obama gave him a set of 25 classic American movies – including Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins on his recent visit to Washington.

Alas, when the PM settled down to begin watching them the other night, he found there was a problem.

The films only worked in DVD players made in North America and the words “wrong region” came up on his screen. Although he mournfully had to put the popcorn away, he is unlikely to jeopardise the special relationship – or “special partnership”, as we are now supposed to call it – by registering a complaint.

Some of us who took a pass on the Obama Kool-Aid (thus have clear heads) are quite embarrassed.