It is that time of year again, when the highly secretive, wealthy and influential Bilderberg group meets to allegedly find a cure for poverty and some of the world's woes. This year high on the agenda is the Middle-East and Africa. Both regions are experiencing an increase in militant Islamist groups and turmoil.
The controversial Bilderberg group, viewed by many as a sign of a New World Order, defeats democracy. Founded in 1954, its aim was to bring North America and Western Europe closer, arguably alienating communist countries such as Russia.
This year the group is meeting in typically luxurious surroundings at the five-star Grove Hotel near Watford, Hertfordshire. The three-day event got underway June 6. The Grove is not cheap with rooms typically costing £300 per night. It is a golf hotel close to the M25 so the privileged will have time to unwind with a round or two. In the past, protests have dogged Bilderberg meetings but not so this year, as we the British taxpayers have unknowingly stumped up for armed checkpoints, a high fence erected around an exclusion zone and paid to book all of the hotel's rooms to ensure full secrecy and presumably the safety of those attending.
Protests are taking place but will be well away from the Bilderberg attendees. PM David Cameron's attendance was announced at the eleventh hour. Media coverage has been noticeably absent until Friday, perhaps as media chiefs will also attend.
The specially invited guests will hail from North America and Europe. The meeting will be hush-hush and its decisions and conclusions secretive. According to Russia Today this year's meeting will include:
138 politicians, bank bosses, billionaires, chief executives and European royalty. The list notably includes only 14 women. Most individuals are from financial and business backgrounds - there will be nearly three dozen CEOs and more than two dozen Chairmen of banks and petroleum giants. Twenty-three financial institutions will be represented, including Goldman Sachs.
Some of the exclusive attendees are named as:
75th and 70th US Treasury Secretaries, Tim Geithner and Robert Rubin, respectively, Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, David Petraeus the former director of the CIA, the former Prime Ministers of France and Italy, François Fillon and Mario Monti. Monti was an unelected leader of Italy.
It is the first time since 1998 that the UK has hosted this annual Bilderberg bash and it looks like hard-pressed British taxpayers will be footing the bill for exceptional costs, such as policing.
Friday the Telegraph reports:
Conspiracy theorists claim it is a shadow world government. Former leading members tell the Telegraph it was the most useful meeting they ever went to and it was crucial in forming the European Union.
What is noticeable is a lack of direct involvement by representatives of the Middle East and Africa. As Russia Today points out, it seems highly suspicious that six people from Turkey are attending at this moment in time. In light of the Syrian crisis and the current turmoil in Turkey we too wonder what the Bilderberg group will be "cooking-up."
The British, Chancellor George Osborne and his shadow minister Ed Balls will buddy up at the meetings although politically they should be poles apart. This will lead those in the UK already disenfranchised with British politics to surmise that all our politicians are one and the same and not worth a vote. To quote Respect Party leader George Galloway "The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats, of the UK, are as three cheeks of the same backside." An astute quote from a controversial UK politician.
What should prove tricky for Balls and Osborne, but may not, is the fact that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Google’s Eric Schmidt are attending and both have been in hot-water for utilizing legal loopholes to limit their tax liabilities in Britain. Of course, if Balls and Cameron are merely playing to the mob when the espouse about wealthy tax-dodgers they will have no problems cozying up to either of these big bosses.
As for UK taxpayers footing the bill for exceptional costs, what can we say? It is just the sort of news we Brits want to hear when we are being told to tighten our belts and put up with austerity and more cuts.
The Bilderberg group meets secretly; there is no transparency, ever. It may have begun in 1954 with good intentions but almost 60 years later how do people know it is working for good and not to feather members own nests? The answer is we don't.
Such meetings lead to questions such as whatever happened to "government by the people for the people" and "democracy." We are quick to accuse other countries of running regimes but surely the elite Bilderberg group smacks of a behind the scenes regime?
Do you really believe that the likes of Goldman Sachs and media magnates attend such meetings to further the good of mankind or are you enough of a skeptic to think that they are self-serving? I know where I stand on that one. I guess in part it boils down to, do you trust your politicians and the elite, and sadly I do not.