I think Sayer hints at the significance of the speech here. It is not merely a reiteration of the importance of open standards against vendor lock-in. We all understand that now. What is new here is the suggestion that European procurement should explicitly recognize consortia standards.
This is an interesting idea. We try to avoid monopolies in other areas of economic life. Why should we then be satisfied with ISO having a monopoly on International Standards? Competition in this area could be a healthy thing.
He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. — H.L. Mencken (on the writing style of President Warren Harding)