Monday, August 26, 2002

Eat Here, Get Gas
The Sun (UK) waxes wroth with Lobsters, caviar and brandy for MPs at summit on starvation:
The sickening champagne and caviar lifestyle being enjoyed by Earth Summit delegates was exposed yesterday.

They are gorging on mountains of lobster, oysters and fillet steak at the Johannesburg conference - aimed at ending FAMINE.

As the summit began yesterday, desperate kids in nearby shanty towns queued for water at standpipes.

Bigwig politicians among the 60,000 delegates, including Deputy PM John Prescott, also get vintage bubbly and brandy.

Taxpayers are footing the £500,000 bill for the 70-strong British party.
They have a picture of John and he clearly hasn't missed many meals lately. He also plays no particular role at the summit other than taking up oxygen. Of course that could be said about a lot of the junketeers.

One other choice morsel:
But in another ironic twist, hundreds of trees have been felled around the conference centre so fleets of limousines will have unhindered access.
I wonder if they have log fires in the VIP suites?