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.
Peter Gallagher is student of piano and photography. He was formerly a senior trade official of the Australian government. For some years after leaving government, he consulted to international organizations, governments and business groups on trade and public policy.
He teaches graduate classes at the University of Adelaide on trade research methods and the role of firms in trade and growth and tweets trade (and other) stuff from @pwgallagher