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For “lobbying” read “corruption”

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The mainstream media are currently in a feeding frenzy about "lobbying".  Lobbying is where an individual or group gain access to a politician to put forward their viewpoint.  As individuals we can go to our local constituency surgeries and talk directly to our MPs.  However, groups such as Unions and large businesses generally demand access to those ministers and civil servants who can take decisions.A classic example of big business "lobbying" might be where a couple of US Investment banks have made serious mistakes with their bets against the value of gold that could seriously undermine the financial system.  Having failed to lobby the US government they might turn their attention to the UK and gain access to the Chancellor and Prime Minister.  Persuaded of the rectitude of the US Bank

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The mainstream media are currently in a feeding frenzy about "lobbying".  Lobbying is where an individual or group gain access to a politician to put forward their viewpoint.  As individuals we can go to our local constituency surgeries and talk directly to our MPs.  However, groups such as Unions and large businesses generally demand access to those ministers and civil servants who can take decisions.

A classic example of big business "lobbying" might be where a couple of US Investment banks have made serious mistakes with their bets against the value of gold that could seriously undermine the financial system.  Having failed to lobby the US government they might turn their attention to the UK and gain access to the Chancellor and Prime Minister.  Persuaded of the rectitude of the US Bank positions the Prime Minister might give the go-ahead to sell the UK gold reserves, announcing the sale well ahead of the actual auction to lower the price of gold and get the US Banks out of trouble. (More about Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan)

This "lobbying" in the previous example would only become corruption if the Prime Minister was subsequently given a £2m a year post, involving little work, at one of the US Banks and the Chancellor got promised that he would be Prime Minister.

Although Tony Blair was and is in it up to his neck, David Cameron is infamous as well and seems unable to stop being infamous, unlike Blair who was born coated in Teflon.

It turns out that most big business "lobbying" is actually corruption.  Whenever big business is involved money changes hands - what else does big business do except deal in money?  Big business has public organisations like the CBI to deal with general business politics so approaches by individual companies and banks must be assumed to be corrupt.

Another, perhaps bigger, danger than corruption by individual businesses is corruption by the secretive Big Business Groups such as Bilderberg, The Trilateral Commission and the US Council for Foreign Relations.  These groups have management committees, an inner circle, that sets the agenda for corrupting politicians globally so that Multinational Corporations can prosper.  They are so powerful because their members control much of the world's mainstream media as well as most of the world's money.

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Mandelson and Osborne at 2011 Bilderberg
These business groups can muster significant firepower on the global stage.  Multinationals make their cash through international trade so were mortified about the EU Referendum. Some of the members of these groups during the EU Referendum were:

Ken Clarke - member of the inner circle of Bilderberg and vice president of the European Movement, an organisation that created the EU. 

Keir Starmer - member of the Trilateral Commission, now Labour leader.

Rona Fairhead - Bilderberg, Chair of the BBC Trust ensuring pro-EU BBC

Peter Mandelson - Bilderberg, EU Commissioner, a Director of StrongerIn

Michael Heseltine - Bilderberg, President of the European Movement

George Osborne - Bilderberg, Chancellor during EU Referendum

Zanny Minton Beddoes - Bilderberg, Editor in chief of Economist

Martin Wolf - Bilderberg, Editor in chief of Financial Times

and so on and so on.

These groups hold secret meetings and appoint members to do their dirty work deniably.  What do the members get in exchange for their service?

Firstly they get utter protection from the mainstream media - if the BBC or Economist reports on these groups it is always in glowing terms, telling us that gatherings of plutocrats are totally harmless and those who criticise such things are conspiracy theorists who should take the tin foil off their heads. If corruption happens via these groups it is permanently hidden from media coverage.

Secondly they get pay offs.  Osborne got £650,000 pa as a consultant for BlackRock working for 1 day a week.  David Milliband was paid off (for Lisbon?) with the CEO role at "International Rescue", which became a CIA front co-opted after the Bay of Pigs fiasco to rescue Cubans.  Rona Fairhead sits in the House of Lords despite being at the centre of the (still ongoing) EU Corporation Tax scandal.  All totally harmless of course.  Blair must have received over £20m from JP Morgan by now.

Cameron should have stuck to getting advantage from Bilderberg or, like Starmer, from the Trilateral Commission, because these groups could protect him, unlike Greensill.

The real danger begins when politicians are corrupted by foreign powers.  Michael Heseltine is a member of China's 48 Group Club, as were  Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Alex Salmond, Peter Mandelson and Ken Livingstone.  Cameron's first move after leaving office was to set up an Anglo-Chinese fund which seems to have been mainly used to remunerate "directors" - for contracts for nuclear power stations?

Now that China has a sovereign wealth fund worth trillions of dollars in offshore tax havens many Multinationals may in truth be Chinese so the back-handers and favours that they dish out to our politicians after they leave office may be threatening our national security.

So what can be done?  First of all the "lobbying" scandals should be called by their proper name: corruption or attempted corruption.  Secondly the attendance at, or connection with, secret groups of multinationals and bankers by politicians and public servants should be a criminal offence.  These groups only exist to provide protection from exposure for corrupt behaviour.  Thirdly government ministers should be given pensions that are sufficient to live well and banned from accepting employment on the boards of large companies and organisations for 10 years because this is how they are paid for their favours to Big Business.

14/4/2021





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