Daily View 2×2: 25 September 2009

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2 big stories

G20 to become world’s main economic forum
From the Times:

World leaders have announced that the Group of 20 developed and developing nations would become the top economic forum, spreading influence to emerging powers such as China and India.

The dramatic shift was announced by the White House as President Barack Obama hosted his first major summit in Pittsburgh, which was marred by occasional violence as anti-capitalist protesters clashed with police.

“Today, leaders endorsed the G20 as the premier forum for their international economic co-operation,” said a statement that was released today.

“This decision brings to the table the countries needed to build a stronger, more balanced global economy, reform the financial system, and lift the lives of the poorest.”

MPs’ expenses leaked over failure to equip troops on front line

The Telegraph reports:

The mole was among the workers who processed the MPs’ expenses files, and his colleagues included serving soldiers who were moonlighting to earn extra cash for body armour and other personal equipment.

The soldiers’ fury when they saw the way that MPs were lavishing taxpayers’ money on their second homes led to the mole’s decision to leak the data to The Daily Telegraph via a middleman.

2 must read blog posts

Conference Redux: a Little Explanation
Jennie Rigg explains how Liberal Democrat policy is made at Conference.

Stephen Glenn on the #LDConf hashtag’s most prolific users

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