So if I’ve got this right, delegates at COP27 worked through the night to agree a “historic deal” which amounted to a form of words describing a long list of promises to help each other.

They finally signed their “historic deal” at dawn, which of course is the new midnight, which of course is the new “eleventh hour”.

Going by the precedent of the previous 26 “historic deals”, this one doesn’t actually entail anybody doing anything. All that’s needed is to promise. At the eleventh hour — no, sorry, at dawn.

Bet they push it through to elevenses next year.

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Drawing of a girl’s face
Detail of a drawing I found once, pasted to a wall, while I was out walking. Unsigned. My photograph, and I wish I could credit the artist.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” Albert Einstein said that. Or he didn’t. My Google Search Results are split on the attribution.

As I write, COP 27 is getting under way in Sharm el-Sheikh. After twenty-six COPs, they should get it right on the twenty-seventh attempt, surely? [The numbers in that sentence, if you prefer them as numbers, look like this: 26 previous COPs; this is the 27th attempt.]

“Politicians making promises. That’ll work.” I don’t want to disappoint you, but Albert Einstein didn’t say that either.

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William Essex

William Essex

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Author, The First-Novelist's Guide to Getting Started, The Journey from Heaven, God - The Interview, Escape Mutation, Ten Steps to a Bedtime Story.