Mugabe has just jetted into Copenhagen to take part in the greatest fraud perpetrated worldwide in the modern era! Which of course tells you what Copenhagen is all about, doesn't it?
He poses quite a problem for the Danes as protocol dictates that the head of state who has been in power the longest sits next to the Queen of Denmark at any formal state occasion. Mugabe has been the longest in power. Never mind how he managed to do so.
The longest text floating around the meeting is the full list of people formally accredited to the summit. The figure is 30,123 but this does not include the 5,000-odd media, the business and financial conferences, or the hordes at the parallel alternative summit. The biggest government delegation? Brazil, by a mile, with over 1,000 people, followed by Denmark (800), the EC (400) and China 250. The US, surprisingly, has only 200 people, and the UK a discreet 70. At the other end of the scale, Vanuatu, Uzbekistan, and Syria have sent only two, Sao Tome three and the minute Pacific state of Niue has sent five. This sounds not many until you know it is nearly 3% of its total population.
The man with the best name at the conference is undoubtedly Mr Phrakhrupaladsuathanavachirakhun. He is a from the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association in New York. Meanwhile the campaigners are praying for a miracle, and who better than the Guyanan delegate Jesus Smith. Jesus who?
"Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age."
-- MIT Professor Richard Lindzen, PhD, Atmospheric Science