The World Economic Forum’s meetings this year have been rather pushed out of the spotlight they’ve enjoyed of late. The protestors are still there, but the small matter of governments scraping the barrel to find a reason for war in the middle east seems to have the media somewhat preoccupied.
Nevertheless, a certain amount of digging on the BBC website brought this to light. Sadly it seems that they still don’t get it. I guess it’s a vain hope, but perhaps one day those inside the summits will realise that the protestors aren’t necessarily saying they’re all bad people. Rather, it’s the gross lack of transparency and the back-handed deals which are the current issue at stake. If we’re going to elect these leaders, we’d kinda like to be told what they’re up to. Yes, most of those protesting probably wouldn’t like what they are up to, but then that’s their right. How exactly are they supposed to make constructive contributions to the relevant debates unless someone lets on about what’s actually happening. How exactly is democracy supposed to work if our politicians hide their activities from their electorate.
So colour me sceptical, but I don’t expect this to be terribly successful.