Wed Feb 25th, 2009 at 06:08:13 AM EST
Confucius apparently said that he had many times regretted having said something but never regretted not having said something. All too often I find myself re-learning this lesson the hard way, and the turbulence of the last few days are a case in point. If anything I wrote offended anyone on this site then I deeply regret it.
To migeru, whose recent apology prompted this Diary, I say that I would nominate you tomorrow as an ET Master Editor. You have one of the finest minds I have ever had the privilege of engaging with, and I see a 4 from you as the ultimate seal of approval.
Frank Schnittger I nominate as Master Moderator. Anyone who can manage EU Diaries the way you do has a rare combination of subject knowledge, human management skills, and just plain wisdom.
I don't propose to go further with a list of nominations, tempting though it would be. I have never come across such a fine collection of individuals anywhere, and would miss ET greatly were it not around. It has been a privilege to meet just a small selection, and I hope in years to come to meet more.
Forget "Ask Jeeves": just Ask ET and you'll get the answer.
To Jerome I say this.
For a couple of years, 14 years ago, I flew the world business class, had a flat by the river, engaged on equal terms with the CEOs' of major market participants, exchanges, clearing houses and so on. The status of my job meant I could if necessary meet top EU officials and top UK and US regulators.
I thought at the time I was happy: in retrospect, I doubt it.
Then after four years pursuing my vision of next generation markets, I blew the whistle on energy market manipulation, and lost everything I had. Reputation, income, home, and finally, family. I have been through adversity, and I think have emerged the other side the better for it.
So I can see how your recent experiences could have shaken you to the foundations.
I regard yours as a remarkable talent. We have had our differences, but they do not relate to what you do, and how you do it, but rather the architecture within which you work.
I believe we are going through a once in a thousand years transition through Telluric (© migeru) changes which result from the instantaneous direct connections of the Internet.
I have a view of the way things are going to be, and it is a profoundly optimistic view. I do not mind having my ideas tested to destruction - that is why I am here.
So, let's put the crap behind us and get on with saving the world.....