As Davos wraps up today, what have we got so far so far from the cockpit of globalisation? Warnings of rising nationalism. Fears of recession. Worries that everything could come tumbling down again. And a total rejection of any policy alternatives regardless. It's as if the Captain of the Titanic admits to the passengers early into the journey that the ship is sinkable, and indeed they will all drown horribly when it goes down, but then reassures everybody he's sticking to the same route towards the iceberg anyway. Before flying home in his private jet.
Exhibit A: SO ROSS. Billionaire US Commerce Secretary Ross coming across on TV as a "let them eat cake" kind of guy, when wondering why US government workers without pay don't just go to a loan-shark to get them through the never-ending shut-down. It was a double-whammy from Ross: he also said the US and China are "miles and miles" away from an agreement on trade, meaning March madness looms, before being prodded to stay on message that it's all good, even if the real issues over Chinese reforms are where this particular ship is likely to sink.