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If this lot are shaping our future, I'd rather be living in the past.

The World Economic Forum runs a dull if essentially worthy website, and it has just made this breathless announcement:

"More than 250 young leaders from 61 countries will participate in the third Annual Young Global Leaders summit in Dalian on 4-8 September. They will be looking to define the future of leadership during their three-day meeting, held prior to the Inaugural Annual Meeting of the New Champions. The Young Global Leaders will participate in an intense workshop where they will discuss what will be required to be a truly effective global leader in the face of emerging trends and new challenges and will then be tasked with creating a new leadership model for the future".

Who could these young leaders be? Well, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper, who might be prepared to share a room and save us all some money. And Justin Forsyth, who "advises Prime Minister Tony Blair". Time to update the site chaps? Elsewhere, a slew of bankers, bean counters, asset managers - none of whom are household names bar Stelios 'easy' Haji-Ioannou - a Dutch Princess (not that her biog at the WEF 'fesses up that) and one Hilary Cottam. Her blog is a corker: "Welcome to my blog. Watch this space for more…" That was dated 4/10/6. And no list of 'the Great and the Good' could possibly be complete without Ellen 'whine, whine, whine' / "[there] are a lot of people in the professional sailing contingent who wouldn't sail across the Solent with her" MacArthur.

I have skimmed the rogues' gallery for France, Oz, Canada and the US, inter alia, and their young turks are equally depressing. And the three from Israel are an MK from a marginal left wing party, a singer / song writer and a professor.

"I've seen the future, and it smirks". (With apologies to Simon Hoggart fort stealing his line)

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Blogger Newmania said... 2:25 pm

Brilliant C what a hoot "There was that one time ...at Global Leader camp"

Couldn`t make it up  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:33 pm

Maybe they will get sent on an urban safari or somesuch. Shame it is in China rather than somewhere more dangerous, like Thornton Heath or Kingston JA.  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 1:37 am

Why don't they just come out and say it. It's a effing networking event. Nothing wrong with that, it's the lying that depresses one. And that fact it is likley the registration fees will paid for by taxpayers around the world...  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:46 pm

"And that fact it is likley the registration fees will paid for by taxpayers around the world..."

Gosh, Flasgordozz, yah think?


Blogger The Hitch said... 1:52 pm

fucking bilderbergers
the Dutch princess gives it away.  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 8:55 pm

V: I was giving them the benfit of the doubt. Sometimes I'm too charitable for my own good!  

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