G20, egos and a monumental waste of money

A marvellous article by Simon Jenkins in the Evening Standard today, which condemns the whole fiasco that has become the G20 summit.

As he writes

"A day and a half of summitry, parroting meetings held by the same participants every month, will cost Londoners £7 million in police overtime and a further £12 million in other costs. That is apart from the disruption. The event displays the Olympian extravagance now typical of many public-sector events, undimmed by a concern for recession, decorum or economy. One firm is reported to have been paid £6 million for fitting out the chamber for two days. A project co-ordinator and two "delivery co-ordinators" are being paid £200,000, and an obscurely titled "content writer" £27,000. If a minister ever tells you he is too short of money for a clinic or drug centre, cite these figures."

At least it will give the Prime Minister the opportunity to say that he has saved the World (again).

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