Cue the Austrailians:
For this year’s UN climatefest in Warsaw, Poland, Tony Abbott’s government didn’t even bother to send the environment minister, much less the Prime Minister and his pre-teen fan mail.Oh noes! They ate snacks! And presumably not the Approved® sort of snacks like tasteless organic crudites, but probably crisps and biscuits (chips and cookies to readers from the Colonies). But it gets even worse in the lese majeste department:
Instead we sent some delegates who quite properly treated the whole exercise as a lark, much to the consternation of Gaia’s little Gracies. “They wore T-shirts and gorged on snacks throughout the negotiation,” fumed Ria Voorhaar, a spokeswoman for the Climate Action Network. “That gives some indication of the manner they are behaving in.”
“Their behaviour caused over 130 developing nations to abandon discussions on the controversial issue of climate compensation at 4am,” seethed Sophie Yeo of the activist group Responding to Climate Change. “It is one thing to be tired in a negotiation meeting, another to turn up in pyjamas,” huffed EU negotiator Paul Watkinson on Twitter. “Respect matters.”P.J.s? Awesome. And Tim Blair sums it up with pithy Aussie aplomb:
With all due respect, the EU and the UN can shove it.[stands] [clap] [clap] [clap] [clap]
RTWT for the whole shadenfreudalistic effect, including what happened Down Under when a bunch of animal rights kooks showed up at a meat packing plant and chained themselves to the gates in an attempt to shut it down. Not trying to toss out a spoiler, but power tools were involved. Awesome.
Good on ya, Mates! Those Cobbers can mock the Stuffed Shirts, fair dinkum! Now just ditch your insane gun laws and you're the most awesome place on the planet.