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    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    Why critics believe the cost of G8 outweighs its value

    In all, 16,000 German police have been deployed to watch over the thousands of environmentalists, anti-poverty campaigners, and anarchists who are massing around the summit: water cannons were used for the first time yesterday afternoon, as police estimated that 10,000 protesters had reached the fence.

    The German authorities estimate security spending alone will exceed £61 million but they may be getting off lightly compared to British taxpayers. Protecting the G8 summit at Gleneagles in 2005 cost the Scottish Executive £72 million. The meeting itself, from booking the hotel to feeding thousands of officials and journalists, cost the Foreign Office another £12.7 million.

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