Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

Esther Bintliff

Workers clean the stage of the main Congress Hall in Davos on Tuesday. Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

Workers clean the stage of the main Congress Hall in Davos on Tuesday. Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

The World Economic Forum kicks off on Wednesday, and the FT will be running a rolling blog to bring you the latest news and views from the Alpine resort-turned-world’s-biggest-talking-shop.

Among the attendees will be some of the world’s most powerful, most wealthy, and most learned men and women. Yet their collective profile could hardly be at a lower ebb. If Davos Man walked, his pinstripe suit would surely be tattered, his bowler hat squashed, his nose a little bloodied. Read more >>

Alan Beattie

A year ago, Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address contained a laboured gag about salmon being regulated by a different US government agency when they were in the sea to when they swam into fresh water. This bureaucratic horror story was related to plug the idea of reorganising the agencies that regulate and promote trade. When that proposal finally saw the light of day this month, it managed a rare bipartisan achievement of uniting Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill in oppositionRead more >>

By Gideon Rachman

At last, the US presidential election is getting unserious. For months, the media have glumly reported the steady procession of the deadly dull Mitt Romney to the Republican nomination.