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Bilderberg, Blair and the New World Order?

Here’s a conspiracy theory for all you New World Order conspiracy nuts. Type the word “Bilderberg” into Google search and see what you get.

Although the Bilderberg Group is one of the world’s most reviled organisations, when I did the search, all the results on page one were supportive, informative. Or, at the most, mildly questioning.

You really have to dig deep to unearth any real vitriol. But what has this to do with the attendance at 2013’s meeting of businessman, Eric Schmidt? Herr Schmidt is Google’s executive chairman.

Who’s in the New World Order?

The weekend conference is strictly by invite-only. A diverse bunch of 145 businessmen and politicians joined Eric this year. These include Amazon founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos. President of the European Commission, José M. Durão Barroso. Former prime ministers François Fillon (France) and Mario Monti (Italy). And the current leaders of the UK (David Cameron) and the Netherlands (Mark Rutte). In addition, David Cameron brought along his pal George Osborne. Or, maybe it was the other way round? Who knows?

Nevertheless, there was a surprising number of Polish, Scandinavian, and Turkish delegates. Are these areas going to be the rising stars of the New World Order?

People you might not expect to see on the list include:

  • António José Seguro, leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party.
  • Lib-Dem peer Dame Shirley Williams.
  • Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
  • Peter Mandelson, billed as “Chairman, Global Counsel, Chairman, Lazard International”.

Please note, David Icke: that is not “Lizard International”.

The Boys Club

They invite only a handful of women. Like Conspiracy Theories in general, it’s mostly for men. Indeed, the four founders of Bilderberg are male to a man.

Surprisingly perhaps, one of these founding fathers was the then fast-rising Labour politician, Denis Healey. You’ll remember that he went on to become one of Britain’s most memorable Chancellors. That’s despite his annoying habit of doing whatever the International Monetary Fund demanded of him, no matter how damaging it was for the country.

On the other hand, Healey has always supported his co-creation and denied that it harbours any sinister motives. The recently-ennobled Lord Healey told BBC News in 2005 that such allegations were “total crap”. He continued: “There’s absolutely nothing in it. We never sought to reach a consensus on the big issues at Bilderberg. It’s simply a place for discussion.” Yeah, right. So, 150 of the richest, most powerful people in the world give up a weekend for a friendly discussion. Absolutely no possibility of gain. And no one mentions the new world order, I suppose? Totally believable.

At the time of writing, Healey’s Wikipedia entry covers his involvement with Bilderberg in just ten words: “Denis Healey is a founder member of the Bilderberg Group”.

Most Famous Dutch Hotel

Bilderberg is the name of the Dutch hotel that hosted the first meeting in 1954. At first, the mainstream media ignored the Group. Its very existence was denied by those who may (or may not) have been attending.

Someone important but secretive arriving at Bilderberg 2013 to discuss the new world order.
Someone essential to the New World Order
arriving at Bilderbeg 2013

This year, for whatever reason, things are less secretive. The Group has engaged a PR company for the first time and published a list of attendees. Very few people are expecting this to be a 100% complete list. But from little acorns. On the first day, several official VIP cars arrived with the occupants’ identity obscured by copies of British right-wing tabloid “newspaper”, The Daily Mail (see photograph, right).

Jon Ronson and Bilderberg

Jon Ronson is an investigative journalist who plays it for laughs. Our paths crossed several times and he is currently one of my higher profile Facebook “friends”.

We first met when he was a student putting on bands at Central London Polytechnic and I was a booking agent. I’m not sure we got on very well. He certainly never booked any bands from me.

After that, he became the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom O’Blimey Big Band. I used to put them on at The Cricketers at Kennington Oval and book them out from time to time. We still didn’t get on very well. Eventually, I lost the job of booking the band out. He took over.

Then, in 1990 I got a freelance job at Time Out magazine in London. Jon took over from Victor Lewis Smith, writing the regular weekly ‘humour’ columnist and married the assistant TV Editor, Elaine Paterson. We still weren’t the best of friends.

The Rising Ronson

But Jon’s star was already in ascent. He went off to make documentaries for Channel 4 TV and BBC Radio. He wrote columns for The Guardian newspaper and recently moved to New York, where I believe he’s working on movie projects.

Back in 1999, an ultra-right-wing conspiracy investigator and sports journalist called Big Jim Tucker took Ronson to a Bilderberg Group meeting in Portugal. After being chased by scary-looking security staff in shades, Ronson panics. He ends up trying to get the British Embassy to save him from the Lizard Men. “I am essentially a humorous journalist,” he tells them. “I am a humorous journalist out of my depth.”

To be honest, I know Jon well enough to know that this was almost certainly deliberately set up. He likes to make sure of his humorous copy. That’s how he rolls.

Conspiracy Theory #97

According to the official website, “Bilderberg Meetings” are “an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America”. In 2013 the event takes place at the unlikely location of Watford, in the north London suburbs. In addition, there is absolutely no mention of the phrase New World Order anywhere on their website. The official take on proceedings is this:

Every year, between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part in the conference. About two-thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America. One third from politics and government and the rest from other fields.
The conference is a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world.
Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights.
There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

Opposing Forces

The likes of journalist Daniel Estulin, author of The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, Britain’s own David Icke and Tony Gosling, and Texan Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones take a different view. They contend that the world is really organised and run by the Bilderberg Group. In other words, they say, the New World Order. The shadowy, evil power working behind the scenes of world politics.

What do Thatcher and Blair have in common?

Surprisingly perhaps, many future political leaders attend Bilderberg shortly before they suddenly rise to power. Their elevation can be totally unexpected. Four fairly recent examples of this were Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. The unexpected and rapid demise of Thatcher was a direct result of her declared intention not to take Britain into the Euro Zone. At least, that’s what detractors say. The Bilderberg Group are very pro-European Union, at least according to their largely anti-European opposition.

When confronted with the allegation that the Group are “kingmakers in secret”, former Bilderberg chairman Viscount Davignon said that his steering committee was just great at talent-spotting. Furthermore, it “does its best assessment of who are the bright new boys or girls in the beginning phase of their career who would like to get known.” At least, that’s what he told the BBC News Website back in 2005. Let’s hope this isn’t the case with Messrs Osborne, Balls or, God forbid, Lord Peter Mandelson.

Furthermore, a current member of the steering committee is veteran UK Conservative grandee Kenneth Clarke. Aside from his work as an MP, he is a paid spokesman for several businesses, including tobacco, drinks, and munitions companies.

Jon Ronson and Bilderberg

Jon Ronson is an investigative journalist who largely plays it for laughs. Our paths crossed several times over the years and he is currently one of my higher profile Facebook “friends”.

We first met when he was a student putting on bands at Central London Polytechnic and I was a booking agent. I’m not sure we got on very well. He certainly never booked any bands from me.

After that, he became the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom O’Blimey Big Band. I used to put them on at The Cricketers at Kennington Oval and book them out from time to time. We still didn’t get on very well. Eventually, he relieved me of the task of booking the band out.

Then, in 1990 I got a freelance job at Time Out magazine in London. Jon took over from Victor Lewis Smith, writing the regular weekly ‘humour’ columnist and married the assistant TV Editor, Elaine Paterson. We still weren’t the best of friends.

The Rising Ronson

But Jon’s star was in the ascent. He went off to make documentaries for Channel 4 TV and BBC Radio. He wrote columns for The Guardian newspaper and recently moved to New York, where I believe he’s working on movie projects.

But back in 1999, an ultra-right-wing conspiracy investigator and sports journalist called Big Jim Tucker took Ronson to the Bilderberg Group meeting in Portugal. Scary-looking security staff in shades chased them around the grounds. Ronson panicked. After that, the TV footage shows him trying to get the British Embassy to save him from the Lizard Men. “I am essentially a humorous journalist,” he tells them. “I am a humorous journalist out of my depth.”

To be perfectly honest, I know Jon well enough to know that this was almost certainly deliberately set up in order to get humorous copy. That’s very much how he rolls.

War Cabinet for the New World Order?

Critics also claim that Bilderberg initiates wars and invasions. Or, at the very least, sanctions them. It’s part of Bilderberg’s role in the New World Order, presumably.

Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have all been cited. It also took a sanction from Bilderberg to allow the former Yugoslavia to fall into war and division.

The attendance of key figures in these conflicts at conveniently-timed Bilderberg meetings is either another coincidence or else confirmation that they’re very good at “aggressor-spotting”. Good luck to the people of Syria…

Most conspiracy theorists and others who look at Bilderberg and don’t like what they see, agree that the make-up of the guest-list points to a largely financial agenda. Sanctions are never imposed when the banks over-extend, crash and have to be bailed out. They never have to replace the money they are given, does indicate that something very fishy is going on. That this happens on a global level simply adds to that suspicion.

It’s interesting that this year’s meeting is a little less secretive than in the past. We’ve gone from flat denial to a jokey piece on BBC-1’s early evening mainstream magazine, The One Show. No one’s telling us what they’re talking about or even given us a good reason why they’re even talking. But, from 2013 onwards, Bilderberg is bringing in spin-doctors. Should we be relieved? Or even more worried?

Telly Tubbies (Videos)

I end with three very interesting videos. The first is an interview with former BBC journalist Tony Gosling. He is one of the most vocal opponents of Bilderberg and puts the “case against” in a clear and non-sensational manner:

Secondly, here’s an attempted travelogue about the (very plush) Grove Hotel/golfing resort, which is hosting the 2013 Bilderberg Meeting. The Guardian‘s Charlie Skelton discovered that a high level security operation has been on-going for 18 months. It’s being funded by merchant bankers Goldman Sachs, via the Bilderberg Group’s own legally registered charity. More here. The local BBC website for “Beds, Herts & Bucks” takes a slightly different view.

Three-and-a-bit weeks before the delegates arrived, the following video was shot. Check out the interaction with the plainclothes policeman dressed in Rider Cup golfing fleece around a third of the way in. Despite this, “Sam” continues his walk, shadowed by a police helicopter. Then a police car arrives containing two armed officers. You really couldn’t make it up…

I used to close with a YouTube video of Alex Jones, mad/ manic (you take your pick) being interviewed on the BBC. But the video has been taken down and the account closed. (Alex also turns up in Idiot Watch.) Instead, here’s a Huff Post video of him speaking outside the 2013 Bilderberg meeting:

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Top Conspiracy Theories

Top conspiracy theories? How a run-of-the-mill conspiracy theory gets the “top” tag is interesting enough in itself. But what makes one conspiracy theory better than all rest?

Can it be because it is true (surely some of them must be, just according to the law of averages?), or maybe because it is totally outrageous. Along the lines of the Queen is a lizard, 9-11 was an inside job engineered by US government agencies, and Jimmy Savile was a paedophile?

Being totally bizarre and true would seem to be a desirable double whammy and there are plenty of people who say that all those examples are 100% correct. That’s why I’ve included two of them in my list of Top Conspiracy Theories.

Jimmy Savile: “Just a Friendly Guy?”

Thanks to the ‘Newsnight Conspiracy’, the Jimmy Savile allegations became a candidate for Top Conspiracy Theories. The BBC current affairs show Newsnight was all set to go on a well-researched and ready-to-air piece about how British DJ Jimmy Savile had molested schoolgirls at a school at which he had volunteered to do “charity work” in the 1970s. But a very senior BBC executive pulled the piece at the last minute.

Sir Jimmy Savile: Top conspiracy theories

This was in mid-December  2011. On Boxing Day (26th December), BBC-1 aired a fawning tribute featuring Shane Ritchie. It is more than a mere rumour that Savile used his charity and volunteer work as a cover for more illicit activities. These included necrophilia, underage sex, and procuring male children for former British Prime Minister Ted Heath to “play with” on his yacht, Morning Cloud. At least, those are the allegations rife on the Internet.

Who Knew?

I don’t know the truth of any of these specific allegations, but I once spoke to a woman who said she’d had “semi-consensual” sex with Savile when she was fifteen, and that the police have investigated similar claims on at least two publicly-documented occasions.

Savile’s supporters deny any wrong-doing on the part of the tracksuit-wearing DJ (“Now then, now then…”), admitting that he was a bit of an oddball but adding that he did raise a lot of money for charity.If you want to find out more about the Anti-Sir Jimmy Savile point of view – bearing in mind that he is in no position to answer back – then you can check out David Icke’s forum (which is dedicated to “free speech”), and perhaps take a peek at this extract from an ITV documentary on the Nolan Sisters made in 2009: Top Conspiracy Theories – click here to view.

Top Conspiracy Theories:

=1: The Queen (and Most Other World Rulers) are Lizards

When it comes to Top Conspiracy Theories, this one is a “humdinger” and potentially the biggest of them all. The writer and former BBC football reporter and Green Party spokesman, David Icke, has devoted his life since 1991 to telling us about an ancient race from the Middle East – via Outer Space – that now runs the world. Icke refers to them as the “Babylonian Brotherhood.”

Key Brotherhood bloodlines include the British Royal Family (The House of Windsor) and the allied Royal families of Europe, the Rockerfellers, the Rothschilds, and the establishment families of the USA, including the Kennedy clan and the Bush family. Among the organizations and bodies the Brotherhood created and now control are the Illuminati, Round Table, the Bilderberg Group, Chatham House, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the United Nations, and the Internet. The members of the Brotherhood are descended from reptile-like creatures who arrived from Outer Space a few thousand years ago, hence “The Queen Is A Lizard” jibe.

David Icke: “You can call me mad…”

The basis of Icke’s theories is that the “few” have created a series of secret societies that rule the world and control the “many”. The Brotherhood is dedicated to their “Great Work of Ages” of world domination and the eventual goal of a population that is micro-chipped in order to control us. Icke has been almost universally ridiculed for his theories, but individual research by the likes of British journalist Jon Ronson show that certain aspects of his claims do have substance. I find it impossible to take on board most of David Icke’s ideas, but I find aspects of them get less bizarre with every passing year. Who knows, maybe the Queen is a lizard?

=1: Top Of All Top Conspiracy Theories: 9-11 Was An Inside Job

Maybe not as implausible as I first thought. After checking out a few of the “facts” and a few of the conspiracy theory websites, the official version – that Osama Bin Laden orchestrated this from a cave in Afghanistan – sounds less likely than many of the versions peddled online. The general consensus among conspirators is that 9-11 was orchestrated by the US Government, or possibly the Babylonian Brotherhood, as an excuse to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. They say that only the CIA and other US government agencies had the facilities and expertise to pull off such a major coup.

“It’s collapsing all wrong…”

Much is made of the New York firefighter’s reaction to the way the Twin Towers collapsed and various architects have said that the buildings would not have reacted as they appeared to as the result of a fire after being hit by a plane. Many experts and people who should know have said that the collapses had more of the look a controlled demolition rather than of a structural failure after being engulfed by fire.

Here’s a film made in 2006 by “MI5 whistle-blower” (as he seems destined to forever be called) David Shayler, that covers much of this, with an emphasis on Britain’s involvement and its own terrorist attacks on the 7/7 London Bombings:


[NOTE: this video seems to have been removed from the internet, together with all traces of it! – June 8, 2013]

It seems to me that the official version is even more far-fetched than the conspiracy theory. This is what we are expected to believe: 20 Arabs decide to hijack a bunch of planes and crash them into prominent US buildings, but one hijacker gets arrested before he is able to start his job. The FBI seizes his laptop but decide not to do anything with it until their superiors give them permission. In the meantime, the remaining nineteen terrorists are allowed to board four planes, despite the fact that several of them were under FBI surveillance and on “no fly” lists.

Flying Tonight…

After managing to get on board the aircraft, the unarmed terrorists were then able to over-power ex-military pilots as well as an Israeli anti hijacking agent (who just happened to be on board one of the planes), and seize control of all four.

They then were able to fly them off course for long periods of times, seemingly unnoticed by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), even though one of the planes managed to get out a call saying that the plane had been hijacked and that a passenger had been shot. Then these guys, who it was “revealed” had been given barely enough flying lessons to take off and land, had flown those planes into buildings at high speeds and after performing several difficult turns, dives and other manoeuvres. This then caused robustly-built steel-framed buildings to collapse after being set on fire many floors above the ground.

Sounds to me like something only the descendent of reptiles from Outer Space could dream up. Top Conspiracy Theories?

You bet your sweet ass…

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Royal Wedding Invite List: Prince William and Kate’s Glaring Omissions

So, Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton got hitched at Westminster Abbey. Their Royal Wedding Invite List is now a historic document, though not quite up there with Magna Carta or the Abdication Speech. The names excluded from it reveals more than who made it to the “Wedding of the Decade”.

First of all, the good news. Among those who received invitations, aside from family and a smattering of old school chums, were Elton John and David Furnish. David and Victoria Beckham were also on the A-list. Another former England footballer, Sir Trevor Brooking and ex-England rugby coach Clive Woodward both received happy news in the post.

Sportiest Royal Wedding invite list ever

Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen (who no one seems to have heard of), a few villagers from the Middleton’s home of Bucklebury, and TV adventurer Ben Fogle were surprise guests. Comedian and writer Rowan Atkinson made it into the frame as a long-time friend of the Royals. Though the inclusion of mockney film director Guy Ritchie surprised me. Julia Samuel, the head of the Child Bereavement Charity got an invite, as did Help for Heroes founders Bryn and Emma Parry.

One or two wounded servicemen, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and singer Joss Stone got invites. As did former Prime Ministers Lady Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major. Maggie was too ill to attend though I notice mental illness didn’t stop her sinking the Belgrano back in 1982, did it?). But Tony Blair and Gordon Brown didn’t make the Royal Invitation List.

Maggie Thatcher: “In! In! In!”

Royal spokespersons gave two reasons for this. One was that Margaret Thatcher and John Major had personal connections with Prince William. (Major was apparently appointed a guardian after the death of Princess Diana – though why the two Princes would need guardians when they had a living father is anybody’s guess.) And the other was that Thatcher and Major are both Knights of the Garter and Blair and Brown are not.

In a parallel situation, Eton-educated Boris Johnson, Conservative Mayor of London, was invited, but not his Labour predecessor, Ken Livingstone. (To be honest, no one really expected Ken to get an invite, except maybe Ken.) Nevertheless, there was enough room in the Abbey to include Tories William Hague, Theresa May, George Osborne, Ken Clarke, and Jeremy Hunt. And all their spouses.

Dr David Loony Chips In

The right-wing historian Dr David Starkey appeared on Channel 4 News and seemed to nail it. That he’s now billed as “Britain’s leading historian” is presumably because he’s on the telly a lot.

He’d appeared on Sky News on the evening of the wedding and said: “I think the plain truth is that for all sorts of reasons, (Prince) William developed a powerful dislike of Mr Blair. Particularly the way in which he intervened at his mother’s funeral service. These are not political at all, they are personal choices.”

Presumably, Gordon is perceived in Royal circles as another pea from the same oiky pod.

That same evening Dr Starkey was on Channel 4 News again. It’s amazing how historians get around when there’s a fee on offer. He described the event as a “typical public school wedding”. He implied that “nice people” like William and Kate do not invite beastly types like Blair to their social occasions.

Let’s face it, former Etonian David Cameron and Westminster old boy Nick Clegg are more the Royal Family’s kind of people than those terrible Socialists. The same goes for political colleagues, William Hague, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson.

Old School Wedding

Of course, they had to invite Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (Haverstock Comprehensive). But once he’d arrived and taken his pew, the BBC pretended he wasn’t there. The media spent much more time focussing on the mating head-dresses worn by a couple of Royal Princesses.

You can’t really blame the BBC. The new Tory-LibDem coalition froze the Licence Fee. Then saddled them with new financial burdens such as the Welsh S4C channel and the World Service budget. It’s not surprising they want to head off accusations of left-wing bias by swinging carefully to the Right.

It’s all getting very 1980s, isn’t it?

You can tell William and Kate never travel by proper train otherwise, they would have had to exclude Major merely on the grounds of his having privatised the railways in 2004. Surely being a Tory knight can’t be enough to erase that legacy? And if space was at a premium, maybe that’s why they couldn’t include any old riff-raff such as road-sweepers, dustmen and former Labour prime ministers, couldn’t Gordon Brown have been given Maggie’s vacant seat?

Among the many (including 99.99% of Labour Party members) who didn’t make it onto the Royal Wedding invite list were Lady Diana’s friend Sarah Ferguson, The Obamas, and Mohamed Al-Fayed. When you think back to his connections with William’s late Mum, you’d have thought Mr Al-Fayad would have been a shoo-in.

Just goes to show how wrong you can be.