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Tin ears at the G8

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO Colorado


The tin-eared politician is an enduring stereotype, mainly because it’s so often true.

The Group of Eight (G8) ” an international forum for the governments of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States ” is meeting in Japan this week. At the top of the world leaders’ discussion list is a food crisis in much of the developing world.

So the world leaders are eating like kings, with rare, expensive food prepared by world-renowned chefs.

The Times of London reports that the leaders enjoyed truffle soup and crab as they were discussing aid to Africa’s poor. An evening feast included 19 separate dishes, including diced fatty flesh of tuna fish and milk-fed lamb with aromatic herbs.

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Other meals include $50-a-pound langoustine.

The price of the summit itself is more than $500 million ” enough, The Times reports, to buy 100 million mosquito nets that could prevent millions of cases of malaria.

These are the leaders of the richest nations on earth. No one expects them to sequester themselves in a monastery to think deep thoughts and eat naught but thin gruel.

But somewhere, someone dropped the ball ” or, in this case, the box of rare, expensive truffle oil.

We’ll grudgingly go along with the idea of keeping the general public 30 miles away due to security concerns, but an economic summit with the stated goal of discussing the poorest, hungriest people on the planet probably shouldn’t feature menus normally enjoyed only by the richest people on the planet.

On the other hand, since we usually see, hear and read news mostly from our own country, it’s kind of refreshing to see that people in some other country’s leadership class can be just as tin-eared as the most bumbling of American pols.

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