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Whether we’re 5-2 or 5-3 down it’s all about the optics at Cop26 | John Crace

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Make sense of it if you can. Yesterday morning the time was one minute to midnight and humanity was 5-1 down to climate change. Today the time must be at least 50 seconds to midnight and we have clawed back a goal. Or possibly two. Presumably the second one is still being checked by VAR. So the score is either 5-2 or 5-3. Boris Johnson didn’t seem to know which as he prepared to leave Cop26 in Glasgow.

Though he did think we were probably heading into extra time. At least that seemed to be the gist of what Johnson had to say, though it was hard to tell as he gives no sign of knowing how football works. In the clash of metaphors, the first casualty is clarity.

There again it wasn’t entirely obvious why the prime minister had called a press conference in the first place as he didn’t really have anything much to say. The only logical conclusion was that he had got a bit carried away. He had clearly come to Glasgow expecting the conference to be a…

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