THINGS are abuzz in Davos, the highest town in Europe. Today the covers come offasthe great and the not so good jostle to park their private jets. I have never been to Davos and I must admit to being disappointed not to have been invited to attend this year’s World Economic Forum.
This is the re-arranged conference that Klaus Schwab had originally scheduled for January which, understandably, had to be postponed because everybody who is anybody was busy making money, money, and more money and, as you know, money makes the world go round – well, that and white powder, jabs, armaments and yachts, to name but a few.
Still, even without the snow (the cold variety) and the chance to wear those Prada ski jackets, Davos is likely to be a splendid event; a celebration of the enormous progress being made towards the Great Reset: time for important people to relax and break out the Bolly – on expenses, of course. There is much for the 2,000 or so of the world’s self-selected Magisterium to consider – so little time to regroup and refocus in pursuit of improving the ‘state of the world’.
The WEF is essentially a private members’ club; its (approximately) 1,000 members include most of the biggest global companies and ‘not for profit’ enterprises. They contribute financially to its operation and the annual official do is strictly invitation only.
Meetings attract ‘notable politicians, civil society representatives, world leaders, business leaders, religious leaders, academic leaders, journalists, investors and celebrities’ – often self-promoting egotists with scant regard for the ‘little people’. Past guests have included the usual suspects – George Soros, Bill Gates, the Clintons, Donald Trump, Bono, Elton John, Sir Tony Blair and Mark Zuckerberg.
Members of the British Royal Family like to go along. Prince William has spoken about mental health and Prince Charles about how we will all fry if we don’t change our wicked eco-destroying ways. They seem not to understand that their allegiance should lie elsewhere, with the British people rather than these self-serving fantasists.
David Attenborough has in past years delivered his well-rehearsed homily on the evils of humanity and the anointed voice of yoof, Greta Thunberg, trekked up the Swiss Alps to deliver her message of despair.
Most delegates are bag-carriers from governments around the world, woke actors and hand-wringing disciples from the poverty sector. Its public focus on climate change and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals of green business activity and equality of social outcomes masks its increasingly totalitarian efforts to deny rights to individuals and to remove power from democratically elected governments.
Individuals invited as company representatives reportedly pay around 30,000 US dollars for the pleasure of being lectured to by hypocrites. According to the official WEF website, the main purpose of Davos is for leaders to collaborate as they ‘share insights, gain fresh perspectives, and build problem-solving communities and initiatives’. So many words, so few truths.
This year’s theme is ‘Working Together, Restoring Trust’, which should be a showstopper. The agenda includes ‘pandemic’ recovery, that old Davos favourite ‘tackling climate change’, ‘building a better future for work’, promoting human rights – no one can accuse them of not having a sense of humour – accelerating stakeholder capitalism and harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
There will be representatives from China, France, Germany, the UK and the USA, but ‘no show’ from Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who pledged never to return after a 2009 bust-up over Gaza with then Israeli president Shimon Peres.
No invitation has been extended to the oligarchs owing to their relationship with the errant Russian leader who has strayed from the true path. The group will discuss the impacts of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Nato and ‘shifting geopolitical influence’. Without Putin, it will be a one-sided discussion.
In truth, the whole shebang is not as high-powered as it would like to think. Among those described as ‘world leaders’ are unelected administrators from the UN and the EU and the heads of firms such as Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Like every old dog, it has its fleas, with campaigners on poverty and inequality, the environment and LGBTQI+ rights; there are flocks of academics and media. ‘We often have more trade unionists than central bankers, more Nobel scientists than Nobel economists,’ says Oliver Cann, Head of Strategic Communications at the WEF. Shame on them and their sponsoring organisations.
Davos has many dirty secrets, among them being that every year hundreds of ‘sex workers’ are trafficked into the town, often from Eastern Europe and Russia, to service the needs of delegates and their failing flesh. A recent journalistic investigation [RIP] described Davos as being ‘infested with prostitution and routine harassment’.
Fewer than a quarter of Davos delegates are women although more are being invited every year in an effort to demonstrate the WEF’s diversity and inclusion credentials. Many previous female attendees have reported incidences of inappropriate male behaviour and talk of being sexually harassed. The Times reported that some businesses advise their women employees not to stray from public places after dark.
The majority of locals have no quibbles about the WEF Davos influx, bringing as it does an estimated $60million windfall to the economy every time it takes place. Samuel Rosenast, a spokesman for the local tourism board, said: ‘All the people here are very glad that the World Economic Forum is coming back now. It is another step back to normality.’ I guess it’s all relative.
Construction crews have been working hard to finish the multitude of ‘pop-up networking facilities’ for the incoming chattering elite, and security staff are checking out catering personnel. Soldiers can be seen erecting miles of security fences and the Swiss government is deploying 5,000 military personnel to support the police. Air force jets will circle above Davos to enforce a no-fly zone.
Such an awful lot of military protection for an innocent group of benevolent philanthropists. So much fear. What are they hiding? Can it be that our globalist would-be tyrants are coming to realise that they may have misplayed their hand and that the common man and woman are slowly beginning to see them for what they are – a parasitic, power-hungry sore on humanity?
Davos Man and Davos Woman should enjoy their time in the sun – it might not last much longer. Time magazine editor-at-large Anand Giridharadas, who wrote Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, described Davos as ‘a family reunion for the people who broke the modern world’. Let that truth be writ large on its mountain tops.