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3 Apr 2009

The G20 Talks: When a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, while millions of column inches are being written about the G20 talks and the decisions taken there, basically to try and kickstart the global economy with exactly the same thinking that has brought it crashing around our ears in the first place, here is a picture taken by Carl Munson in Exeter that somehow captures the whole thing more succinctly than the acres of newsprint…


Categories: Economics

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3 Apr 10:02pm

you are up late!


when things do not work , the first temptation is to do same thing, only harder.

Recipe for failure?


risa b
3 Apr 10:06pm

Did some an-archie put up the yellow one for the occasion?

Cristiano Bottone
3 Apr 11:15pm

The Italian Senate, just approved a motion to encourage our Government to fight the global warming fighting (yes they don’t want we fight GW). Incredible.

4 Apr 2:49am

Were the ‘world leaders’ meeting on that road?

I certainly see how the “business as usual” text is fitting, but I don’t understand the context that the photo was taken in.

5 Apr 4:15am

I’m noticing how many people are parked at home in front of their flats in full daylight! Either they’ve all opted for public transport or they’re out of work!

Mike Grenville
5 Apr 8:37pm

Here is the text of the G20 communique, in compressed form.

“We, the Leaders of the Group of Twenty, will use every cent we don’t possess to rescue corporate capitalism from its contradictions and set the world economy back onto the path of unsustainable growth. We have already spent trillions of dollars of your money on bailing out the banks, so that they can be returned to their proper functions of fleecing the poor and wrecking the Earth’s living systems. Now we’re going to spend another $1.1 trillion. As an exemplary punishment for their long record of promoting crises, we will give the IMF and the World Bank even more of your money. These actions constitute the greatest mobilisation of resources to support global financial flows in modern times.

Oh – and we nearly forgot. We must do something about the environment. We don’t have any definite plans as yet, but we’ll think of something in due course.”

George Monbiot

6 Apr 4:22pm

So many questions and answers that people have now.
Planting trees are free. Walking is free. Riding animals is not expensive. Does bullet train cause global warming im not sure? Do you have to spend too much money to plant trees? Can you stop facotry from creating pollution? Is there other alternaitve for fuel that won’t cause pollution? Is that true that you can use steam or water for vehicles? Is that a fact that an inventor use water fo alternaitve fuel? (just research). Is that true that some greedy people use this as an advantage. Other people say “we don’t care about that it will only cause us money and we loose our profit so lets convince people that the earth is a ok. Besides i don’t want to loose my car, or the nuclear power electricity we are using, or the plastic bag in our grocery, or my factory that gives me millions. Hey i’m a greedy person I need them all, I won’t survive without it. Can you?”

There is a saying “The planet can survive without man, but can man survive without the planet?”

6 Apr 7:08pm

I always thought that a million million was a billion. must be getting old.

7 Apr 9:05am

“We are determined not only to restore growth but to lay the foundation for a sustainable world economy” – one line from the G20 statement that struck me as being something of an oxymoron. You can’t have infinite sustainable growth, surely?