Here's what reporters would really like to say about G20 summit which ministers from around the world gather to wring their hands impotently about the most fashionable issue of the day. The organisation has sought to justify its almost completely fruitless existence by joining its many fellow talking-shops in highlighting whatever crisis has recently gained most coverage in the global media. By making a big deal out of the fact that the world’smost salient topical issue will be placed on its agenda hopes to convey the entirely erroneous impression that it has any influence whatsoever on the situation.

From the brilliant Alan Beattie some time ago here in the  FT.