Both government and opposition heads of finance to participate in secretive confab
June 3, 2013
Both the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his opposition
counterpart are scheduled to attend the secret elite meeting of the
Bilderberg group this weekend.
Chancellor George Osbourne and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, often painted up as bitter political rivals
in the British media, will be buddying it up behind closed doors at
The exclusive Grove Hotel in Watford with over 100 of the world’s
Bilderberg’s own attendee list confirms the attendance of Osbourne and Balls. The list has been released on the group’s otherwise sparse website
for the past three years, primarily because it was constantly being
leaked to researchers anyway, and as a way of feigning transparency.
While Obsourne and Balls have regularly attended the annual
gathering for the best part of a decade, critics have continually asked
why the British taxpayer should be paying for elected politicians to
attend an undisclosed meeting, completely closed off to media scrutiny,
and in the company of private bankers and other foreign finance
Bilderberg delegates attend in an informal, off-the-record basis and
are not bound by their public, “pre-agreed” positions, according to
the group’s website. Quite how that marries up with Osbourne and Balls’
attendance, as acting financial heads of Britain’s government, is
anyone’s guess. British MP Kenneth Clarke, a long time attendee, is also
once again reporting to his masters.
If anyone still actually read the London Times, which they don’t, they would see an article today arguing that Bilderberg is merely a talking shop where no policies are set or agreed upon.
Such detractors routinely contend that the annual elite gatherings
are nothing more than an outdated irrelevant get together of aging
has-beens whose power on the international stage has long since
Take one look at the attendees
at this year’s confab in Watford, however, and it immediately becomes
clear that this is the absolute polar opposite of the truth.
Debating policy at this year’s meeting will be Eric Schmidt,
Executive Chairman of Google, Craig J. Mundie, senior advisor to the CEO
of Microsoft Corporation, and Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of
Amazon.com. Another notable attendee is Peter Thiel, the man who provided the financial muscle for online ventures like Facebook and Paypal, as well as LinkedIn and Friendster.
There you have luminaries involved with some of the biggest online
and social media companies on the globe, all in attendance together at a
secret weekend getaway, due to discuss “How big data is changing almost
That alone should be enough to focus the attention of the mainstream media. But no.
Then factor in that also in attendance are José Barroso, the
President of the European Commission, and Christine Lagarde, the much
scrutinized Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Still
no media coverage?
OK, how about the disgraced former CIA head and retired US General
David Petraeus, currently embroiled in the centre of the Obama
administration scandal regarding the Benghazi intelligence failures.
Nah, that’s not interesting to the mainstream media.
Perhaps representatives from major US think tanks would perk
interest? You like to have them on your news output every single day
right mainstream media? You know, the guys from the Hudson Institute,
the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Enterprise
Institute, the Hoover Institution, the Peterson Institute for
International Economics, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
the Foundation for Defense of Democracies – all at Bilderberg.
Bilderberg also has the Vice Chairman and former Chairman of Barclays
bank, the Deputy Chairman, Group Chief Executive and Group Chairman of
HSBC, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs, and the CEO of TD
Bank Financial Group.
Bilderberg has other senior figures from major banks, finance houses,
and insurance companies all over the globe, including the Deutsche Bank
of Germany, the Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG Bank of Austria,
the Swiss National Bank, the Dutch National Bank, the Zurich Insurance
Group, AXA Group, Prudential plc, and Novartis AG.
Not one but TWO Former US Secretaries of the Treasury are attending,
as well as several acting European finance ministers and other elected
representatives. Both the Dutch Prime Minister and the monarch Princess
Beatrix will also be in attendance.
Also present will be executives from major energy companies such as
Shell and BP, representatives from huge defense contractors including
BAE, officials with bio-medial and pharmaceutical giants
including Novartis, and monolithic agriculture producers like Syngenta.
Add a dose of professors, lecturers and researchers from major
Universities and colleges all over the globe and you literally have a
small gathering of people that oversee everything on the planet.
Yet, according to the mainstream media it’s all just one hell of a round of golf.
Previously leaked documents from meetings, as well as other innumerable examples, have
illustrated how the Bilderberg Group, contrary to the media-generated
myth that the confab represents a harmless talking shop, actually has a
direct influence on world affairs, and sets the consensus for policy
decisions sometimes decades in advance.
A clear example is the 1955 Bilderberg meeting held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany. Documents read by the BBC and later released by Wikileaks
divulge how Bilderberg members were discussing the creation of the euro
single currency nearly 40 years before it was officially introduced in
the 1992 Maastricht Treaty.
It is clearly asinine to suggest that this group of people hold no
power and do not have any sway on the international stage. Their
influence is irrefutable.
Ask anyone if they believe banks and corporations have more influence
on world affairs than politicians and close to 100% will say yes, so
why is it that the G8 summits garner wall to wall media coverage yet
Bilderberg does not?
British citizens, as well as citizens of the other countries from
around the world, should en mass demand to know why democratically
elected Members of Parliament and government, including the heads of
national Treasuries, are meeting in secret with private financiers,
bankers, defense contractors, oil multinationals, food giants and drug
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com.
He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of
Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree
in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.