Twittering the G20. History beckons.
After yesterday's leak of the summit communique draft there was a lively discussion of the pros and cons of fiscal stimulus on Newsnight last night. Have a look on the iPlayer. I also ended up filming a series of links at the ExCel centre in docklands, which is a great reminder of what happens if you get economic policy wrong.
The Royal Victoria and Albert Docks, which form the placid waterway that will serve as a moat to keep anti-capitalists at bay, were once part of a maritime complex that was the centre of the economic world. Now as you will see if you go, they are a quiet backwater of waterside housing, conference centres and a few spectacular 1930s era abandoned warehouses related to the sugar industry just south of the site. Metaphors will be inspired, believe me.
Anyway I am not looking forward to covering the summit. I covered the November G20 - there will be thousands of journalists: imagine 3x TV channels, 5 newspapers and loads of specialists from each of 20 countries. Last time, in Washington, they put us all in a giant room in the State Department 2 miles from the summit to watch it on TV. But it was not on TV: a forest fire was on TV. The biggest waste of human effort was the result.
This time the UK authorities have deluged "civil society" with ways of participating. However what delights await once inside the cordon I can only guess at.
Because I can't guarantee to blog, I will also be twittering from my mobile phone. There will be a major flurry of news and reactions around the end of Thursday's proceedings. Will they save the world? Will Sarkozy walk out? Will the in-summit salad be as unhealthy as it was at the State Dept?
And watch my film from last night's programme here.