And After All We've Done
With typical ingratitude, officials from developing countries have been complaining about the tactics used by the civilised world at climate change summits. A report by the World Development Movement includes various outpourings of hatred and envy from representatives of nations which have yet to develop a correct attitude towards enlightened values and market forces. Intransigent and backsliding elements have even criticised the Lower (now Upper) Miliband's attempts, as the representative of Gordon Brown's government, to persuade the lower orders to sign up to an accord that would be good for British business. Others have criticised the West for failing to adhere to procedure, as though the emergency of climate change were outweighed by the mere legalistic business of having a few brown people represented at this or that meeting. A diplomat from Tuvalu laid bare the inadequacies of the Third World's vision by saying: "Can I suggest that it looks like we are being offered 30 pieces of silver to betray our people and our future? Mr President, our future is not for sale". This is certainly not the sort of attitude that gets a country punching above its weight on the international stage.