Sam Coates on Red Box puts Gordon Brown’s London Summit into perspective:
Gordon’s save the world summit next Thursday is going to be awfully short.
Leaders’ breakfast 8.30am – 9.45am
Morning session including finance ministers and central bankers 9.50am- 1.25pm
Lunch 1.25pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon session including finance ministers and central bankers 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Closing press conferences, 3.30 onwards
So it’s 4 hours and 35 minutes of formal talks plus time spent chatting over three meals (including Downing Street dinner the night before). And the British taxpayer gets not much change from £20 million quid for the pleasure. Bretton Woods, when international institutions were last re-made, lasted three weeks.