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Lack of Leadership Creates Reagan and Thatcher Nostalgia at Summer Davos
CNBC ^ | September 15, 2011 | CNBC

Posted on 09/16/2011 8:27:40 AM PDT by CutePuppy

The global crisis and a perceived lack of leadership in the West seem to be creating nostalgia for two previous leaders who radically reformed their countries, albeit with plenty of controversy.

But what's even more striking about this sense of déjà vu, is that the names of American President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher - two leaders, who fought for freedom and rallied the West against Communist rule - were being invoked by a senior Chinese policymaker at the summer Davos in Dalian, China.

“The U.S. economy needs fundamental reforms, bigger reforms, bigger policy changes than President Reagan, Mrs. Thatcher. So these are fundamental things that people all over the world are looking for and so far unfortunately we don't see it happening," Li Daokui, an advisor to China's central bank and a member of its monetary policy committee said at the meeting of business leaders and policymakers in China.

Daokui wasn't alone in his praise. Some CEOs are also beginning to hark back to the bold reforms of the 1980s.

“We were in a similar position in the 80s when Japan was the force that everybody was talking about taking over from America," Martin Sorrell, the CEO of WPP Group said referring to China's current rise.

“If you look at what happened we had two leaders - one was President Reagan who literally rode to the rescue - and then we had Mrs. Thatcher in the UK, again controversial in terms of style and direction, but very firm leadership," he added.


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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: davos; freedom; freetrade; leader; leadership; nostalgia; reagan; thatcher
Key praise from Jim Bacchus, Democratic ex-Congressman who worked at WTO:
“Although, I knew President Reagan a little bit, he was a very nice man. He understood some basic things very, very well. He understood free trade and freedom."
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