Much has been said and lauded about the 'magnificent' arrival of the world's most powerful leaders on Irish shores this June. G8 is a small exclusive body representing the interests of an elite group of industrialised nations. There are no Africans (Remember its 2005 promise to double aid for Africa by 2010) represented nor Latin Americans. The most populous nations on earth, China and India aren't part of this group that claims to have 'major focus on global supply of food' since 2009. Bit like holding the World Cup without the goalposts.
Cash-strapped G8 looks to private sector in hunger fight | Reuters
World Vision: G8's Killer Failure on Africa - Millions of Children at Risk
It's relevance was further questioned when Putin skipped the summit last year and sent Dmitry Medvedev instead, leaving the rest of the elite to play the 'odd one out' game. Of course the spin was Putin had domestic affairs to tend to but anyone with a little bit of political shrewdness it had more to do with Russia's deteriorating relationship with its new found rich buddies in the G8.
The G8's favourite concept is globalization, which is why it has been hampered and hindered by millions since its inception. It seems addicted to the failure of globalization, particularly the brand that that brought the recent economic world-wide crash. It loves the policies that prolonged the Great Depression of yesteryear. As banks go bust, the G8 encourages the use of our money to prop them up and reward the managers in charge. If I was to get close to those leaders I'd merely hand them a copy of National Self-Sufficiency by John Maynard Keynes.
Don't mention Climate Change
Who could forget George Dubbwa Bush's attempts to make good on his 2000 election promise to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant.The fire-starter pulled the US out of the Kyoto accords as one of the first acts of his presidency. Well over 10 years later it's David Cameron's adviser for Europe and global issues, Ivan Rogers, who has blocked moves by Germany and France to make climate change a G8 agenda item.
Key Cameron adviser blocks climate change from G8 agenda | Environment | guardian.co.uk
A similar promise to Bush's election promise was made by William Hague last year when he wrote 'David Cameron's great ambition to lead the 'greenest government ever' relies heavily on a Britain that is leading the way on the world stage, pressing for determined and united global action, setting an example to other nations, cajoling those who do worse and aspiring to match those who do better.". Seems by not talking the Tories could prevent hot air from reaching the ozone layer, at least it would be a start.
There are plenty more reasons why this G8 summit should be resisted and protested, thankfully in Belfast there will be a day of protests with theatre, arts and entertainment designed to help people understand the failure and farce that is the G8. Many I am sure, including politicians both north and south will sneer at protestors, label them as dissidents, the lazy, hipsters of the looney left. The reality is trade unionists and campaign groups like Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth are organising a Fairer World Festival to coincide with the meeting.
The protest committee said: “Civil society organisations have come together to offer people an opportunity to challenge the policies and priorities of the G8 leaders who meet in Northern Ireland in June 2013.
“Our organisations represent many different interests but we are united in a commitment to the creation of a world that is fair and just for all.
“We believe that achieving social, economic and environmental justice must be central to political decision-making. We will co-ordinate a festival of events to coincide with the G8 summit, including a major public demonstration in Belfast calling for a fairer world.”
Above are some of the reasons I find it necessary to protest the G8, just as millions of others have protested its arrival in other countries since its inception. It's even protected by failures, G45, has been called to duty in Ireland to protect the G8 elite as they are kept far away from the public in the Five-star Lough Erne hotel. The only thing beautiful about this meeting is the setting.
Protest rally planned ahead of G8 summit - Regional - Belfast Newsletter
G8 Agriculture Ministers admit failure on hunger | Oxfam International