But the election is in the form of a battle with winners and loosers; so of course it will get the media’s attention. It’s a story that every sub-editor feels comfortable with. “Let’s see more blood on the carpet‚Ä¶ nevermind the issues!” The Financial Times is, as usual, an honorable exception. bq. But emerging from the WTO negotiations, and threatening to spill over into the director-general selection process, are divisions between developing countries that can be as important as those between rich and poor. “Financial Times”:http://news.ft.com/cms/s/7ad37c7a-a53a-11d9-8616-00000e2511c8.html Alan Beattie and Frances Williams have a commentary piece in today’s edition (subscription) that examines some of the real divisions among Members that will inevitably colour the selection of the next D-G.
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