I always believe I am very fortunate to live in a comfortable country but one need not be complacent.
World leaders are meeting in Sidney (ie Sydney) and their rhetoric is so 'nice'. They cry: Democracy and liberty for all, to be just like us; the quick fix; no matter what the cost. (Democracy takes time to develope.)
Global warming: the answer is also simple: nuclear power.
I have seen several new democracies where big resources go into the trapping of a sophisticated government apparatus out of proportion to the wealth of the country while a real struggle exists to provide any basic infrastructure, very little goes into health services, roads, electricty, public health, drainage, pollution control, transport and the rest.
Those governments and mine must find it difficult to resists the opulent example set by other 'good' democracies.
What do they see? Leaders for sprout their ideology and behave like dictators rather than servants of the democratic process. Those who romp around the global stage accompanied by massive backup and those who arrogantly come and go from a conference as they please.
Democracy- bring it on!