Merkel Tells Davos EU Should Not Choose US Over China

Angela Merkel was out in force making the case for Brexit better than most UK politicians yesterday at this year’s virtual Davos summit. Following a line laid out by the Chinese Communist Party’s Xi Jinping on Monday urging the EU to avoid building of blocs, Merkel said:

“I don’t think it would do justice to many societies if we were to say this is the United States and over there is China and we are grouping around either the one or the other. This is not my understanding of how things ought to be.”

If you think there is moral equivalence between a genocidal communist state and a free democracy then you have a problem. Thank God the EU no longer controls UK trade policy…

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Prince Charles’s King’s Speech

He’s just repeating himself on his environmental crusade at this point…

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MPs Will Be Sloping Off to Davos After All

It’s not just Sajid Javid who will be breaking Number 10’s ‘no sloping off to Davos’ rule this year. Multiple MPs will be jetting off to those glistening Swiss slopes for the annual ‘Parliamentary Ski Week’, three weeks after the World Economic Forum summit in the same alpine town. With great powder, comes great responsibility…

Tory MP Henry Smith has advertised the trip by email to Parliamentary skiers, who, if they attend the February jaunt, will receive free of charge:

  • Seven days Ski passess for themselves and their partners
  • Ski instructors
  • Welcome drinks
  • Get together with the Mayor of Davos
  • a ‘Thursday surprise Dinner’
  • a Friday ‘get together’
  • Prize giving at the end of the trip

In addition, Ski passes for kids will be 50% off. The subsidised and free goodies amount to thousands of pounds for each MP. Will taxpayers après-ciate forking out for their holiday?…

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Elite Fly 1,500 Private Jets To Davos To Discuss Climate Change

Today the global elite will be discussing Climate Change again, having all flown to Davos to do so on almost 1,500 private jets. This represents a mush higher carbon footprint than last year when they only used 1,300 private jets. Some Government leaders and CEOs have even been using helicopters to save their precious time on those last few miles from the airport to Davos…

In an address earlier this week, the CEO of the World Bank told the assembled delegates that “when you think about climate, get a photo of your children and grandchildren in front of you. I guarantee you it will change your perspective. I did this and it works.” Guido wonders if she has a photo on her private jet…

UPDATE: Oliver Cann of the World Economic Forum has responded to the criticism: “We have been offering incentives to participants to use public transport for some years. We also ask that they share planes if they have to use them; something that has been gaining popularity in recent years.” Thumb a lift in a private jet off a passing billionaire…

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McDonnell Tells Davos: Venezuela Failed Because It’s “Not Socialist” Enough

John McDonnell has told the Davos World Economic Forum that Venezuela is in crisis because it “took a wrong turn” and strayed from the “socialist path.” Speaking to a gathering of global business and political leaders, sworn Marxist McDonnell joked that he “always gets thrown” questions on Venezuela – the collapsing hard left state he and Jeremy Corbyn have valorised for decades. Labour’s Shadow Chancellor said:

“I think would have been successful if they had actually mobilised the oil resources… I think in Venezuela they took a wrong turn, not a particularly effective path and not a socialist path.”

McDonnell’s ‘oil reserves’ explanation was comprehensively debunked last summer when the Venezuela crisis was severely embarrassing the Labour leadership. Top thought leadership from Davos man McDonnell…

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Inside John McDonnell’s €800 A Night Davos Hotel

It could be the luxury alpine lair of a Bond villain. This is the plush mountain hideaway Labour’s Marxist Shadow Chancellor has made his home during the exclusive Davos World Economic Forum. The avowed socialist is rubbing shoulders with billionaires, kings and presidents this week at the annual gathering of the global supercapitalist elite. Perched 1560m above sea level at the €800-per-night Sunstar Alpine hotel, McDonnell will be able to unwind after a hard day attacking the neoliberal order. The hotel boasts the largest indoor pool in Davos, heated all-year-round to 28°C. The log cabin sauna and steam room are a short stroll from the spa – one of the best equipped in the town – where McDonnell could order the £126 ‘Asian whole-body treatment with hot stones’. How about flicking through the latest Morning Star in the 172 jet hydropool, infused with alpine herbs, rosemary, and sea salt? 

The nightly five course dinner is prepared from fresh, regional produce. Cable cars are included in the room rate.

Guido asked team McDonnell who was paying for their trip. A union? Or one of those newly converted Corbynista hedge funds? No answer was forthcoming. Maybe, as McDonnell would say, it pays for itself…

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