Friday, June 7, 2013

Bilderberg 2013: LIVE UPDATES

David Cameron will attend the Bilderberg conference on Friday night to take part in a discussion on “domestic and global economic issues,” the British Prime Minister’s spokesperson said.

Protesters shout and wave a placard that reads "B'Bergers, we await the minutes of your furtive meeting” as a vehicle arrives at the drive to the hotel where it is thought the 61st annual Bilderberg Meetings is taking place in Watford, north of London, on June 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)
Protesters shout and wave a placard that reads "B'Bergers, we await the minutes of your furtive meeting” as a vehicle arrives at the drive to the hotel where it is thought the 61st annual Bilderberg Meetings is taking place in Watford, north of London, on June 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

12:22 GMT: David Cameron will attend the Bilderberg conference on Friday night to take part in a discussion on “domestic and global economic issues,” the British Prime Minister’s spokesperson said. 138 members of the global elite are meeting in Watford, England for the 61st Bilderberg Conference, with protesters from around the globe flocking the town to say ‘no’ to the rich and wealthy 'deciding the planet’s fate over coffee'.

He feels it is an opportunity to discuss economic issues with senior ministers, business people and academics,” the spokesperson added. However, he did not disclose whom in particular Cameron was going to meet, only revealing “it is a private meeting.

22:12 GMT: Interestingly, serving UK prime ministers had historically not been invited to Bilderberg meetings. Though according to a survey by MSN UK, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown all attended Bilderberg conferences prior to each becoming prime minister. By contrast, the current chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has attended four Bilderberg conferences, in addition to this year’s.
21:05 GMT: Labour MP Michael Meacher told Sky News that the meeting lacks transparency, which directly conflicts with Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent pledge to his constituents for just that following a series of scandals in his government.
David Cameron said he was going to set up laws for proper regulation of lobbyists, and for transparency. If there is any conference which required transparency, which required democratic accountability it is the Bilderberg conference, because this is really where the top brass of Western finance capitalism meet in order to make their deals, listen to each other, lobby - including government ministers, particularly George Osborne and Kenneth Clark, and as far as I know there will be no statement in the House following it saying what happened, and how it might affect government policy. This is totally in contradiction to the government’s commitment to have greater transparency, says Meacher.......................................................