Borrowed from a comment on the Times website.
“The leaders of Europe are all sitting around a table at the Copenhagen Climate Change summit.
After the initial pleasantries, Gordon Brown speaks first. “I will end climate change, just like I ended boom and bust! I will be tough on climate change and tough on the causes of climate change! Britain will spend “£200 billion on fighting climate change this year!”
Before Brown has even sat back down, Nicolas Sarkozy of France begins to speak. “Pah! That’s nothing! We will spend €300 billion on fighting climate change!”
Horst Köhler of Germany speaks next; “We vil end zis climate change. We vil spend €1 trillion on fighting climate change. Muhahahaha Muhahaha!!!”.
Attention now turns to the president of Armenia, he stands and meekly announces; “We have budgeted to spend $1,000 on fighting climate change over the next 10 years.”
People around the table begin to snigger. Embarrassed, the Armenian president slams his fist onto the table and shouts “Ok, ok, we will spend $100 trillion on climate change!”.
The sniggering around the table has now become hysterics; “How will you afford that?”.
“Well” the Armenian president began, “The real figure was bit low, so I just made some up. Isn’t that how it works around here?”