Gordon Brown is drawing up plans for the European Union to become a global warming “policeman”, monitoring individual countries’ compliance with carbon-cutting targets.
The plan emerged from the chaotic Copenhagen conference on climate change, which ended in acrimony and mistrust between world leaders.
The summit was unable to reach a substantive deal on cutting greenhouse gases because of a row over how countries would prove that they are honouring promises to cut their carbon emissions. China in particular objected to any external monitoring of its actions.
Mr Brown and French President Nicholas Sarkozy now are working proposals for a “European monitoring organisation” that will oversee every country’s actions on emissions.
Presumably, the EMO will begin with Europe’s Kyoto cheats. Beyond that, just what will the powers of the EMO be? It reminds me of that old Robin Williams bit on the unarmed policemen of London: “Stop or I’ll yell stop again!”