Should G8 leaders tighten their belts?

July 8, 2008


G8 leaders are debating the interconnected themes of climate change, food and fuel. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for less food waste in the rich world. The World Bank has said rising food prices threaten 30 million Africans with poverty. VIP menus at the G8 summit in Japan have been lavish — hairy crab, asparagus, lamb, all manner of vegetables and wild leaves.  And of course regional sake rice wine. Newspapers printed the menu in full. Britain’s The Guardian heaped scorn: “the most powerful bellies in the world were last night compelled to stave off the Hokkaido Hunger by fortifying themselves with an eight-course, 19-dish dinner prepared by 25 chefs.” Is it fair criticism?


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Perhaps, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, Reuters ought to show a photo of the G8 partners in a serious mood. All I’ve seen is schmoozing and backslapping, hee-haw stuff.

Insofar as the menu is concerned…well…what do you expect?

OK Jack

Posted by OK Jack | Report as abusive

I know where I’d like to tighten my belt

Posted by Nu’man El-Bakri | Report as abusive

International criminals is what they are. G8… We should be putting them in prison.

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

Hell yes its fair to expose the elite for what they are, greedy and self-centered, rather than what they profess to be or care about.

Posted by Steve Wathen | Report as abusive

It’s just hypocritical BS. They should be ashamed of themselves. Not to mention the UN. They are not much better.
They talk about global warming, and then they fly all the foreign ministers and all their aides to meetings in all corners of the world, stay in fancy hotels and eat lavish meals! With the technology we have these days, why can’t they have internet conferences and save all that gas and money spent on travel?! Universities have online courses and live conferences, why can’t the G8 or the UN? They are a bunch of overpaid, self-indulgent crooks.

Posted by joe | Report as abusive

Sarkozy cannot tighten his pants anymore without looking as if he has a machine gun in his pocket! 😉

But seriously, a party food buffet is hardly befitting a gang of glamourous leaders – is it?

I think best to go for the healthy food option: that means serving Greek fare, which is officially the world’s most healthy cuisine.

Moussaka and Greek salad anyone?

Posted by The Truth Is… | Report as abusive