Politicians’ hypocrisy knows no bounds, as they met at the G8 summit to discuss the global food crisis. The phrase ‘snouts in the trough’ wasn’t a money metaphor as world leaders, including Gordon Brown, were served a six course lunch and eight course dinner.
This might be insulting enough to voters who Gordon Brown hours earlier had urged to reduce demand for food by not wasting it, but it might also have been quite galling for the African leaders invited for talks in the day but not fit to join in and enjoy the evening meal. I am sure they will see an analogy as the greedy West gorging itself while moaning about a food crisis Africa suffers much worse from.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t intend to solely blame the West and let off any African leaders such as Mugabe, letting their people starve for their own gain. But when in discussions with African leaders to solve the food crisis, this move is less than diplomatic. Surely when you invite guests to discuss business with you it is only good manners to also invite them to your meal?