DISTRACTEDIn the meantime, however, we must not be distracted from the import of the Devolution Conference.This year's edition must go beyond the annual talkfest
to take critical and honest appraisal and present radical solutions to inherent shortcomings.
In some cases, they found a 'talkfest
' had a detrimental effect, making them angrier.
I loved Vizinczey's observations about virgins and the Couchiching Conference and made a note of going there, if only to see what goes on in the bushes between liberal-minded talkfest
There are two huge incentives for Asia to take the lead and ensure that COP21 doesn't descend into shallow talkfest
Given that "Dead" post-show talkfest
"Talking Dead" regularly outrates most other shows on television, the odds of a big sampling audience, at least, are high.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama convened a health care summit with Democrats and Republicans; after a day of debate and disagreement, the president concluded the talkfest
with a bleak assessment that an accord might not be possible.
Later, its early magic seemed to fade as the group became little more than a talkfest
, with long communiques with little actual implementation.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has repeatedly promised this year's Group of 20 gathering in the Australian city of Brisbane would be more than a talkfest
, said the growth plans would add millions of jobs and boost global GDP by "more than two per cent" above expected levels over the next five years.
"It won't be a talkfest
," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this week, vowing robust discussions not just on growth but on G20 priorities such as going after companies and investors that profit from the differences between tax regimes around the world.
The five- day annual talkfest
of the world's rich and powerful in the Alpine resort town will be attended by around 40 heads of government, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Australia's Tony Abbott, Japan's Shinzo Abe, Italy's Enrico Letta and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
The World Economic Forum, which organises the Davos talkfest
, warned last week that the growing gulf between the rich and the poor represents the biggest global risk in 2014.