All totalitarian regimes have always known that democracies ultimately can be hoodwinked into saddling themselves with stuff that would harm them. That was as true for the Athenian democracy more than 2000 years ago as it is for today’s mature democracies. Politicians want to make money and a career and busting the lies of the bad players shakes up the structures they feel so comfortable in. Who cares if the people suffer the consequences as long as their sweet turns go on and on?
DAVID ROSE: Judged by the benchmarks set by Mr Sharma and Boris Johnson before the conference, Cop had failed - thanks to China.