OVER 900 people packed into a World Development Movement meeting in London last Thursday to hear speakers report back from the WTO talks in Cancun. Prof Yash Tandon, an African delegate to the WTO, gave a perspective from the inside. The FT had a report saying that poor countries were 'likely to be the biggest losers' from the collapse of the talks. Yash explained how this was completely upside down-no deal was much better than a bad deal.
George Monbiot spoke about the need for the links forged between developing nations to deepen and continue. All the speakers and the audience agreed that the neo-liberal project had been derailed, but that we have to keep the pressure up to keep it off the rails.