The UK political scene has been rocked this past week by two new cash-for-questions allegations. Last week, Conservative MP Patrick Mercer was in the media cross hairs thanks to a Panorama investigation, and yesterday evening Tim Yeo announced he was stepping aside as Energy & Climate Change Select Committee chair to clear his name from a similar scandal brought about by undercover Times reporters.
The latest allegations against Mr Yeo – a vocal Smart Meter supporter – are clearly very serious and warrant investigation and attention.
But if one takes a moment to step back, it is possible to observe that these two concurrent stories have provided very useful cover for a scandal that should be splashed across every broadsheet; namely the highly secretive lobbying meetings known as Bilderberg.
This strictly “off the record” confab was attended this weekend by Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne, Lord Peter Mandelson, Ken Clarke (who is also a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee) and more than 100 other names from the worlds of government, banking, finance, technology, media, energy and even royalty to exchange ideas and come to agreements on … well, actually … we have no idea what they agreed.
Because they aren’t saying.
Did you even hear about the conference? You would be forgiven for having not – since there has essentially been a media blackout on the meetings since it was established 69 years ago. Try finding back stories on it from mainstream publications – just don’t hold your breath while you’re doing it. Because whilst the BBC and the Times might be bathing in the glory of catching two political mice in their traps last week, a veritable rat’s nest has escaped any serious media attention for decades.
Why the apparent silent treatment on such a newsworthy meeting of global figures? Does a meeting of some of the Western world’s most influential movers & shakers, including people we have elected to serve us, not deserve wide-spread attention by the fourth pillar of our democracy? Especially when no details of the meetings are published and the meeting itself is held in total secrecy?
At a time in history when political and technological landscapes have converged to almost complete a virtual panopticon for every aspect of our lives, the public servants who have attended Bilderberg refuse to disclose details of any comments and agreements they make with the owners and custodians of a very large part of the world’s wealth, influence and resources.
At the 1991 meeting of Bilderberg in Baden-Baden, Germany, David Rockefeller – a key member and former chair of the group – was quoted as saying:
“We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. … It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
11 years later, in his 2002 autobiography “Memoirs” he wrote:
“Some even believe we [Rockefeller family] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
Could it be, though, that after 69 years of total secrecy, the veil is starting to be lifted on Bilderberg? Not only did the Times give a very brief nod to the event last week by reporting on Cameron’s attendance, but Ken Clarke was yesterday forced to break cover in Parliament thanks to a question from Michael Meacher MP. You can see Meacher address the Bilderberg fringe festival below.
We would like to know what our public servants talked about at these meetings. Why all the secrecy? Was Smart Grid on the agenda at any point over the last 69 years? And was Smart Grid a focal point of discussions when ‘Smart’ Meter “champion” Ed Milliband attended Bilderberg a few years ago?
We don’t know.
But they do.