Historic Parliamentary debate on money creation attracts less than 40 MPs

We have recently suffered the greatest recession since the 1930s and despite the efforts of the world’s greatest economists, the economic outlook for most countries is still shaky and in the UK an unprecedented number of people are dependent on the services of food banks.

A campaign group called Positive Money managed to garner enough public support for the first parliamentary debate on money creation in 170 years, the Money Creation & Society debate, which was held on Thursday 20th November.


2080 people (including myself) contacted their MPs to ask them to attend the debate. The result…

This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBSlSUIT-KM&t=17m40s

Out of 650 MPs, “more than 30” (which means less than 40) attended this important debate – considerably fewer than the number of MPs who turned up to debate their own pay rises. I wrote to my local MP, Gemma Doyle, to ask her attend, but I don’t think she did.

Those who did participate included Angus McNeil (SNP), Caroline Lucas (Green), Steve Baker (Con), Peter Lilley (Con), Austin Mitchell (Con), Andrea Leadsom (Con) Michael Meacher (Lab), Diane Abbott (Lab), Paul Flynn (Lab), Anne McKechin (Lab), Douglas Carswell (UKIP), Mark Durkan (SDLP). Well done them.

Notably absent were George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls.


World government discussed in Watford

World leaders are gathering at The Grove country club near Watford, England, this morning, where this year’s meeting of the elite Bilderberg Group is being held. Delegates include Henry Kissinger, Robert Rubin and Google’s Eric Schmidt. Some of the UK’s most influential politicians are also said to be attending, including George Osborne, Ed Balls, Dame Shirley Williams and Ken Clarke. They will be rubbing shoulders with chairmen and CEOs of the world’s biggest multinational companies and financial institutions.

Yet when searching the BBC website for “Bilderberg” today yields no mentions after the 21st June 2012. In the “Elsewhere on the BBC” column, “Bilderberg” is mentioned in a Blog titled “Lady Gaga for IMF boss?”; in BBC Leeds Entertainment section, and in a local radio station covering BBC Three Counties.

Elsewhere in the British media, this global summit, held in the UK for the first time since 1998, is being treated with the type of gently condescending humour usually seen in animal stories or royal visits to small remote countries. Entertainment writers rather than top political correspondents have been enlisted to report on the meeting – ie, to report on which politicians are rumoured to be attending, and on the colour of the upholstery, and the exotic topiary. The implication is that anyone who thinks this event something worth bothering about must be a bit nuts.

Here’s the London Evening Standard’s hilarious take on the Bilderberg summit:

Russia Today takes a more serious view in this article. It makes the salient point, for example, that “Among the 12 “key topics” for this year’s conference are “developments in the Middle East” and “Africa’s challenges.” The inclusion of “Africa’s challenges” is an interesting choice, as the guest list is notably absent of any major (or minor) political or academic figures from that vast continent.”

The article adds that six Turkish invitees are said to be the only representatives from the Middle East.

There are many people who believe that the Bilderberg Group’s ultimate agenda is to introduce a One World Government and an end to democracy. This theory is widely lampooned as a conspiracy theory, which is surprising as it the collapse of democracy seems to be happening right in front of our eyes.

Whatever the truth is about a One World Government, Bilderberg summits do appear to have a major influence on world affairs, and this influence is ultra-secret and undemocratic. A recent article entitled “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group And What They May Be Planning Now” quotes a 2005 book by Daniel Estulin. The book says about Bill Clinton, who attended the Bilderberg Group in 1991,

“There, David Rockefeller told [Clinton] why the North American Free Trade Agreement….was a Bilderberg priority and that the group needed him to support it. The next year, Clinton was elected president,” and on January 1, 1994 NAFTA took effect. Numerous other examples are similar, including who gets chosen for powerful government, military and other key positions. 

This funny film highlights the extent of the secrecy surrounding the event. The lone film-maker tried to enter The Grove, the location of the summit, three weeks before the start of the event. He got as far as the walled garden before being kindly told to make himself scarce.

Protesters who include the group We Are Change are holding an alternative summit at a location near the conference.

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