Real men do cry

Yvo de BoerIn the picture, on the left, Yvo de Boer, a Dutch politician who is executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and has a reputation for toughness, weeping after two sleepless nights, an extension of the deadline for the Bali talks, and an accusation by the Chinese of having called a plenary session in bad faith even while negotiations were going on outside the main room.

De Boer had to be helped off-stage with a knot in his throat: but then, as Julian Glover writes in The Guardian, “the tears, of course, count entirely in his favor”.

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