A paper drafted by the Danish Prime Ministers office was leaked earlier this week. It caused a bit of a stir but was not really big news. The Danish PM had been showing the paper informally to various countries, seeking support. It had received little, being described by some as ‘more American than the Americans’ and by others as not being in touch with the negotiations. Even the Danish Ministry for Climate did not like it much – although they could not say so. The real problem is that the paper has no status in the formal UN process – no-one asked for such a paper to be drawn up. So it has been a distraction from the job of negotiations.