Cameron what am I doing here? He needs less of a yawn and with more of a brainstorm which ant going to happen in this time line? : As the British host edgier summit, Roll away the red carpet, ditch the stuffy dinner, and get rid of the dull communiqué.British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a new style of international summit as he gathered the so called leaders, business people and technology gurus from the U.K. and eight northern European neighbors for talks.
Cameron said the forum would avoid monotonous meetings and cringe-worthy signing sessions, instead asking MP’s, diplomats and guests to mingle at an edgy art gallery mingle or mincing?.
The talks on the economy and social policy with the leaders of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania began on Wednesday, and were continuing Thursday alongside brainstorming sessions and seminars (brainstorming sessions going to be a very long meeting/session).
The British PM is eager to learn lessons from Scandinavian nations, which with the exception of Iceland largely avoided the harsh impact of the global financial crisis, and has long looked enviously at policies on education and work-life balance adopted by its neighbors across the North Sea.
"This event is about a new way of working, too. Picture a summit of international leaders and you think endless round-table meetings, long-scripted interventions, and staged communiqué signing sessions," Cameron said. (In his dream quest fantasy)
"These grand summits have their purpose, provided they deliver for people. But I also believe we would all benefit from a new kind of summit less formal, less about ticking the boxes of international diplomacy, and more about the free exchange of ideas," he said. (Cameron the delusional)
Cameron likely also has an eye on the hefty costs of staging traditional international gatherings. which the British government are making spending cuts of 81 billion pounds, through to 2015 and spent at least 19 million pounds of English taxes on a one-day meeting for a of the Group of 20 in London in 2009.
Delegates mincing around at the Whitechapel Gallery, in a gritty-but-trendy district of East London, included Sweden's Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of online music streaming service Spotify Ltd., Latvia's best known chef, Martins Ritins, and British Internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, what a happy little gathering.
Sessions saw MP’s, ministers and business leaders swap proposals on modernizing public services, creating new jobs and tackling climate change with the presentations and slide shows posted online for the public which is all very nice but unfortunately none of them actually have a clue, just mincing about playing with words and making a show (Look at me) .
Dignitaries heard dozens of pitches from delegates on child care in Norway, the slow food movement in Latvia, carpooling in Finland and a recycling program in southern England which pays residents to take part, what they didn’t talk about is why on earth is the British government giving away billions off pounds in foreign aid? when England’s taxes are rising, unemployment is rising, and people are losing their homes, so why isn’t all this aid not being paid back into to country that is paying it, to reduce taxes, to reduce unemployment, and build homes for those on low incomes? These are some of the questions that should have been asked.
Cameron said he and fellow prime ministers were "rolling up our sleeves and engaging in real debate," rather than retreating to a private meeting room as at most ordinary summits (what a load of tat).
"Success will be measured not by the length of a communiqué, not by the number of big pronouncements we can make, but by how much we can learn from each other," Cameron said (Big words from a small man who should be looking out of the front door not over the back garden fence?).
Neil O'Brien, head of British Policy Exchange think tank, attended the summit and wrote on his Twitter website that delegates were an "intriguing mix of PMs, tech types, green activists and wonks."(And he knows all about wonks first hand)
Julia Hobsbawm, CEO of networking consultancy Editorial Intelligence, said attendees mingled at a reception at Cameron's official Downing Street residence on Wednesday over vodka, herring canapés a nice slap-up-nosh for some.