I was interested in assessing the international coverage of Tony Abbott’s speech at Davos (sounded pretty good, by the way – but does he really mean any of it?). Davos is the ski resort in Switzerland where the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum takes place.
So I have been stooging around various sites and incidentally picked up some of the goss from Davos (going once was enough for a lifetime).
OK, the bottom line is that there was virtually nothing in the world press about Tony Abbott’s speech apart from a reasonably lengthy and serious piece in the FT.
But I have learnt other little gems, such as Matt Damon being awarded some sort of gong for his humanitarian and environmental work at Davos. And – wait for it – South Korean singer/rappster Psy is attending Davos and will perform. That must make it a serious event?
In one sense, I take my hat off to Klaus Schwab – a rent-seeking statist from way back. He gets a few well-heeled private sector rent-seekers together using a pile of money he has extracted from various government and international agencies and the whole event grows like Topsy. The private WEF is now a well-oiled machine churning out huge surpluses. In the meantime, Klaus can feel good about himself while leading the life of Riley.
Here is photographic proof of the presence of Psy: