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Davos: a far cry from responsive and responsible leadership

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THE world’s most expensive and probably most successful public relations exercise concluded in Switzerland this week: the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos.

Contrary to still widely held popular belief, encouraged by media coverage, this lavish talk shop is no United Nations affiliate; it has no democratic credentials whatsoever. It is a private club whose members are 1 000 of the world’s richest and most powerful chief executives.

The WEF annual meeting is the lavishly prepared master’s table at which wannabe tycoons and various trade union and other supplicants gather in the hope of either being anointed as honoured servants, or being given the promise of a few more crumbs from the table.

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