G20 violence? Told ya so...Star write Linda Barnard blogs from Iceland...
I wrote a couple weeks ago that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was doing Toronto no favours by giving us the G20. I wrote that the best thing that could happen was we'd be ignored, but that there was a huge risk of worldwide footage of mayhem in the streets.
I'm not always right, but I see they were torching police cars in Toronto on Saturday, and it made for big news around the globe. It's the main item on CNN's web site as we speak, and it's hardly the image we want to project so soon after impressing the pants off the world at the Vancouver Olympics.
If Harper had had any sense, both from a security and financial standpoint, he'd have had this meeting at one single place that could accomodate the G8 and the G20. But, no, he fouled it all up for all Canadians. And especially for Torontonians.
It will, of course, fade in time. But this is hardly the tourism boost that Toronto folks needed.
Nice job, Steve. Don't let the door hit your swelled ego on your way out.MEANWHILE, IN A PRETTY QUIET BIG APPLE
I'm Attending a pretty cool travel bloggers conference in Manhattan, so I'll have more, I hope, from New York on Monday.
In the meantime, here's a link to a blog that Star entertainment writer Linda Barnard filed from Iceland. I'll have more links to Linda's stuff as her trip progresses..