The other day I watched EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik give a presentation on TEDx. He was supposed to be talking about “New environmentalism and the circular economy” – but he didn’t. The talk was full of scary data, mostly around population, and the whole thing was so dull. I struggled through to the end to the point when he began to take his clothes off, then I switched off, fearing that TEDx was getting into porn. His main argument was openly self-serving: that business needs regulators like football needs referees, and hence (surprise surprise) that EU commissioners (as über-regulators) do a really fine job. He said that Commissioners are much more responsible chaps than the here today and gone tomorrow politicians we actually elect. Quite disgraceful – what is TEDx up to giving folk like this a platform?
Meanwhile, I'm still waiting to hear about the circular economy.