Daily Mail - PM 'clears' Hunt in 25 minutes: Even as startling depth of minister's support is laid bare, David Cameron gives Culture Secretary a clean bill of health
Jeremy Hunt was given a clean bill of health by David Cameron last night just 25 minutes after disclosing damning new details of his closeness to James Murdoch.
The Prime Minister backed his Culture Secretary despite the revelation that Mr Hunt exchanged friendly texts with Mr Murdoch before and after assuming responsibility for the BSkyB takeover bid.
In addition, it emerged Mr Hunt was in phone contact with the media boss on the very day he was handed oversight of the controversial deal.
He also appears to have ignored legal advice from Government lawyers who told him he should have no 'external discussions' about the deal while it was being handled by Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are also facing tough questions over exactly why the Culture Secretary was handed responsibility for the BSkyB deal even though they were aware of his enthusiastic support for it.
Despite the startling revelations at the Leveson Inquiry into the Press, the Prime Minister formally dismissed demands for Mr Hunt to face an investigation into whether he breached ministerial rules just 25 minutes after he had left the witness box. See Article
Daily Mail - The mayor, his deputy and THIRTEEN assistants... how Salford's new leader has failed to cut the cost of running the city with officers for 'international relations' and 'humanegment'
They tend to call a spade a spade up North. But in Salford, someone’s letting the side down.
Residents are perplexed by bizarre and unorthodox jobs that have suddenly cropped up on the local council – courtesy of the city’s first elected mayor.
Among the roles for Ian Stewart’s 13 (yes, 13) assistant mayors is one of workplace reform and ‘humanegement’
The word was invented by Mr Stewart – the former Labour MP for Eccles – as a more ethical term for human resources. During research into the labour market, he decided existing references made workers sound like commodities.
He said: ‘Humanegement is a word I have created to describe human engagement with staff. It is an alternative to the term human resources, which I feel makes employees sound like commodities.
‘I therefore prefer to use this term as effective working with staff is about engagement, working with them to get the best possible outcomes.
‘I said we should have a more civilised approach and what we needed to develop was a humane management system. That is why it’s spelt with an “e” – it is a humane system.’
The mayor’s explanation of the role left some residents fuming yesterday and accusing him of turning the city into a ‘laughing stock’
Daily Mail - Panic in Spain as money flies out of country and head of European bank says Eurozone is 'unsustainable'
Senior European officials last night issued a grave warning that the very survival of the euro is at risk as the crisis in Spain threatens to tear the region apart.
Politicians and central bankers said the situation in the eurozone was unsustainable and drastic action was needed to prevent the ‘disintegration’ of the single currency.
They spoke out as European leaders scrambled to stop the financial crisis in Spain spiralling out of control and infecting other countries such as Italy.
One analyst warned of ‘a perfect storm’ in Spain as the country’s deputy prime minister held crunch talks in Washington with US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.
It is thought the IMF is drawing up contingency plans for Spain to prevent a cataclysmic financial meltdown.
The euro crashed to a 23-month low against the US dollar at $1.2335 but was up slightly against sterling having recovered from its lowest level since late 2008. Last night, £1 was worth 1.2460 euros.
Daily Mail - Beggared by the euro: Never mind Greece and Spain, there's a country far closer to home that's been brought to its knees by Brussels. So have the Irish seized their last chance to fight back?
You do not have to go all the way to Greece to witness an economy devastated and a people demoralised by the European dream: a short hop across the Irish Sea, to the fair city of Dublin, will show you the same thing far closer to home, and in a language we can all understand.
The Irish spent 800 years trying to shake off the English yoke. Barely 50 years after doing so, they chose to accept another one, from Brussels. A decade ago, they made the worse mistake of joining its German-driven single currency, which bore no relation to the fundamentals of the Irish economy, and so distorted it by offering a stream of cheap money for use by foolish speculators.
As a result, Ireland almost went broke four years ago, after the debt-fuelled boom that won it the now embarrassing sobriquet of the Celtic Tiger. Like many such beasts, it is now well and truly stuffed — or flat on the floor and being walked all over.
Since the crash of 2008, when the Government had to save the country’s banks from imminent collapse, things have only got worse. As with Greece, the route to recovery — devaluation and orderly default on debts — was barred.
Ireland is a country on the brink. Today, we shall learn whether the Irish have voted to ratify the European Union fiscal treaty, which imposes stringent new guidelines on members of the eurozone, in an attempt to bolster the dying currency.
Twice in the past decade, Ireland has rejected EU treaties, only to un-reject them in a second referendum in the face of blackmail from Brussels. Huge amounts of EU money have poured into Ireland, and no one wants that to stop.
Unusually, Brussels appears to have made only half-hearted attempts to exert the blackmail this time.
They haven’t needed to: most of the Irish political establishment have urged the Irish citizenry to accept the treaty.
Decisions: Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives with his wife Fionnuala at a school to vote in the European Fiscal Treaty referendum
The Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, has warned that the country’s credit rating could slip if there is a No vote. Why this should worry a people already so punch drunk with the blows of austerity that they could barely care less is an interesting point.
You might argue that it hardly matters whether Ireland endorses the treaty or not. The economy is so shattered already that the terms of the treaty are effectively already in force, as a condition of the EU bailout in 2010. See Article
The Guardian - Record low turnout predicted in Irish treaty vote
Pro-Europeans predict narrow victory in vote on EU fiscal treaty despite fears the low turnout could have favoured rivals. The fate of 27 European states and the single currency lies in the hands of less than half the Irish electorate after what appears to have been a historically low turnout in Ireland's referendum on the EU fiscal treaty.
After polling stations closed at 10pm, turnout in Dublin was estimated at 38%, but some of the north-western counties averaged as low as 20%. In the Cork area turnout was also described as slow through the day, but it picked up to more than 30% in the evening. The overall turnout is estimated to be close to 50% – one of the lowest in Irish history.
Counting of the ballot papers was due to start at 9am on Friday and there were fears among the yes camp that the low turnout would boost the no side. Persistent rain throughout the day was also blamed for keeping voters at home.
Anti-European voters in Ireland are more inclined to go out to polling stations as evidenced by past referenda on EU treaties.
However, one government source, citing unnamed exit polls, said it would be a yes vote by a "safe margin". Other pro-yes sources struck a more cautious note predicting just a narrow victory. See Article
UKIP Editor - In the meantime Max Keiser interviews Hugo Salinas Price who has the perfect plan for Greece to save itself with silver! See second half of this film for the interview) - Keiser Report: Unelected Officials (E295)
Infowars.com - Bilderberg Puts Finishing Touches To Carbon Tax Agenda
The Bilderberg Group plans to put the finishing touches to a global carbon tax agenda that is already in full swing, according to our inside sources, with the threat of endangered species set to replace man-made global warming as the main vehicle through which the elite’s post-industrial revolution is accomplished.
Alex Jones’ source inside Bilderberg has told him that the secretive cabal still plans to use the World Bank as the collection agency for a global CO2 tax. World Bank head Robert Zoellick is in attendance at this year’s confab in Chantilly, Virginia according to the official attendee list.
Numerous representatives of the environmental movement are attending Bilderberg this year to help push this agenda through, including Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, a group that generates revenue in the name of fighting climate change and yet is tied at the hip with some of the biggest corporations on the planet, including McDonald’s and FedEx.
Echoing UN reports which call for a similar shift, the widely discredited man-made climate mantra will largely be dispensed in favor of centralizing power through other means, particularly by using the pretext of endangered species and overpopulation.
The onset of a global carbon tax is already underway in numerous countries. In Australia, businesses are being threatened with fines of up to $1.1 million dollars if they even dare to criticize the carbon tax set to be implemented on July 1st.
Meanwhile, a carbon tax in Europe imposed since the start of the year charges airlines emissions fees for all flights that cross the continent, costs that are inevitably set to be passed on to consumers.
As we reported earlier this week, Agenda 21 is set to be a centerpiece of Bilderberg discussion, with the attendance of Alberta Premier and global warming alarmist Alison Redford at this year’s confab to discuss “ecological issues.” See Article
Infowars.com - Bilderberg Meeting is Illegal
On June 6, 2008, we reported on Obama and Hillary secretly attending the Bilderberg meeting held at the Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Virginia.
Henry Kissinger has racked up dozens of felony offenses over the years.The rendezvous was kept secret for a good reason – Obama and Hillary had committed a felony.
It is illegal for “unauthorized citizens” to negotiate with foreign governments under the Logan Act, a law passed under the John Adams administration in 1799.
The Logan Act reads as follows:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
If you look at the official Bilderberg participant list (the Bilderbergers now post it on their “official” website), you will see a large number of U.S. citizens, including Massachusetts senator John Kerry, the governor of Indiana, a National Security adviser, and a large number of bankers, business CEOs, and assorted others.
All of them are in violation of the law and should be arrested immediately. See Article
JUSTICES SECRETARY KENNETH CLARKE ON BILDERBERG GUEST LIST
Infowars.com - Bilderberg 2012: The Official List of Participants
Infowars Editor’s note: The Bilderbergers now post the participant list on their “official” website. In the past, moles inside the organization would release the secretive list to journalists, most notably Jim Tucker of the American Free Press.
Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 31 May-3 June 2012
Final List of Participants
FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
GBR Agius, Marcus Chairman, Barclays plc
USA Ajami, Fouad Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
USA Alexander, Keith B. Commander, US Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency
INT Almunia, Joaquín Vice-President – Commissioner for Competition, European Commission
USA Altman, Roger C. Chairman, Evercore Partners
PRT Amado, Luís Chairman, Banco Internacional do Funchal (BANIF)
NOR Andresen, Johan H. Owner and CEO, FERD
FIN Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
TUR Babacan, Ali Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto President and CEO, Impresa; Former Prime Minister
FRA Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
FRA Béchu, Christophe Senator, and Chairman, General Council of Maine-et-Loire
BEL Belgium, H.R.H. Prince Philippe of
TUR Berberoğlu, Enis Editor-in-Chief, Hürriyet Newspaper
ITA Bernabè, Franco Chairman and CEO, Telecom Italia
GBR Boles, Nick Member of Parliament
SWE Bonnier, Jonas President and CEO, Bonnier AB
NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Der Standard Medienwelt
SWE Carlsson, Gunilla Minister for International Development Cooperation
CAN Carney, Mark J. Governor, Bank of Canada
ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis CEO, PRISA; Chairman, El País
AUT Cernko, Willibald CEO, UniCredit Bank Austria AG
FRA Chalendar, Pierre André de Chairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain
DNK Christiansen, Jeppe CEO, Maj Invest
RUS Chubais, Anatoly B. CEO, OJSC RUSNANO
CAN Clark, W. Edmund Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group
GBR Clarke, Kenneth Member of Parliament, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice
USA Collins, Timothy C. CEO and Senior Managing Director, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
ITA Conti, Fulvio CEO and General Manager, Enel S.p.A.
USA Daniels, Jr., Mitchell E. Governor of Indiana
USA DeMuth, Christopher Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
USA Donilon, Thomas E. National Security Advisor, The White House
GBR Dudley, Robert Group Chief Executive, BP plc
ITA Elkann, John Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus
USA Evans, J. Michael Vice Chairman, Global Head of Growth Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co.
AUT Faymann, Werner Federal Chancellor
DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
USA Ferguson, Niall Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
GBR Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
CHN Fu, Ying Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
IRL Gallagher, Paul Former Attorney General; Senior Counsel
USA Gephardt, Richard A. President and CEO, Gephardt Group
GRC Giannitsis, Anastasios Former Minister of Interior; Professor of Development and International Economics, University of Athens
USA Goolsbee, Austan D. Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
ITA Gruber, Lilli Journalist – Anchorwoman, La 7 TV
INT Gucht, Karel de Commissioner for Trade, European Commission
NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
USA Harris, Britt CIO, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
USA Hoffman, Reid Co-founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
CHN Huang, Yiping Professor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University
USA Huntsman, Jr., Jon M. Chairman, Huntsman Cancer Foundation
DEU Ischinger, Wolfgang Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Global Head Government Relations, Allianz SE
RUS Ivanov, Igor S. Associate member, Russian Academy of Science; President, Russian International Affairs Council
FRA Izraelewicz, Erik CEO, Le Monde
USA Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard
USA Johnson, James A. Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
USA Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Senior Managing Director, Lazard
USA Karp, Alexander CEO, Palantir Technologies
USA Karsner, Alexander Executive Chairman, Manifest Energy, Inc
FRA Karvar, Anousheh Inspector, Inter-ministerial Audit and Evaluation Office for Social, Health, Employment and Labor Policies
RUS Kasparov, Garry Chairman, United Civil Front (of Russia)
GBR Kerr, John Independent Member, House of Lords
USA Kerry, John Senator for Massachusetts
TUR Keyman, E. Fuat Director, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University
USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
TUR Koç, Mustafa Chairman, Koç Holding A.Ş.
DEU Koch, Roland CEO, Bilfinger Berger SE
INT Kodmani, Bassma Member of the Executive Bureau and Head of Foreign Affairs, Syrian National Council
USA Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
INT Kroes, Neelie Vice President, European Commission; Commissioner for Digital Agenda
USA Krupp, Fred President, Environmental Defense Fund
INT Lamy, Pascal Director-General, World Trade Organization
ITA Letta, Enrico Deputy Leader, Democratic Party (PD)
ISR Levite, Ariel E. Nonresident Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
USA Li, Cheng Director of Research and Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
USA Lipsky, John Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
USA Liveris, Andrew N. President, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
DEU Löscher, Peter President and CEO, Siemens AG
USA Lynn, William J. Chairman and CEO, DRS Technologies, Inc.
GBR Mandelson, Peter Member, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Counsel
USA Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
DEN Mchangama, Jacob Director of Legal Affairs, Center for Political Studies (CEPOS)
CAN McKenna, Frank Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group
USA Mehlman, Kenneth B. Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
FRA Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations
PRT Moreira da Silva, Jorge First Vice-President, Partido Social Democrata (PSD)
USA Mundie, Craig J. Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
DEU Nass, Matthias Chief International Correspondent, Die Zeit
NLD Netherlands, H.M. the Queen of the
ESP Nin Génova, Juan María Deputy Chairman and CEO, Caixabank
IRL Noonan, Michael Minister for Finance
USA Noonan, Peggy Author, Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc
USA Orszag, Peter R. Vice Chairman, Citigroup
GRC Papalexopoulos, Dimitri Managing Director, Titan Cement Co.
NLD Pechtold, Alexander Parliamentary Leader, Democrats ’66 (D66)
USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
NLD Polman, Paul CEO, Unilever PLC
CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. Chair, Torys LLP
ISR Rabinovich, Itamar Global Distinguished Professor, New York University
GBR Rachman, Gideon Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Financial Times
USA Rattner, Steven Chairman, Willett Advisors LLC
CAN Redford, Alison M. Premier of Alberta
CAN Reisman, Heather M. CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
DEU Reitzle, Wolfgang CEO & President, Linde AG
USA Rogoff, Kenneth S. Professor of Economics, Harvard University
USA Rose, Charlie Executive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose
USA Ross, Dennis B. Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
POL Rostowski, Jacek Minister of Finance
USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
NLD Rutte, Mark Prime Minister
ESP Sáenz de Santamaría Antón, Soraya Vice President and Minister for the Presidency
NLD Scheffer, Paul Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University
USA Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
FRA Senard, Jean-Dominique CEO, Michelin Group
USA Shambaugh, David Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University
INT Sheeran, Josette Vice Chairman, World Economic Forum
FIN Siilasmaa, Risto Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nokia Corporation
USA Speyer, Jerry I. Chairman and Co-CEO, Tishman Speyer
CHE Supino, Pietro Chairman and Publisher, Tamedia AG
IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Clarium Capital / Thiel Capital
TUR Timuray, Serpil CEO, Vodafone Turkey
DEU Trittin, Jürgen Parliamentary Leader, Alliance 90/The Greens
GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
FIN Urpilainen, Jutta Minister of Finance
CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Chairman, Novartis AG
INT Vimont, Pierre Executive Secretary General, European External Action Service
GBR Voser, Peter CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
USA Warsh, Kevin Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
GBR Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
CAN Wright, Nigel S. Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister
USA Yergin, Daniel Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
INT Zoellick, Robert B. President, The World Bank Group
GBR Bredow, Vendeline von Business Correspondent, The Economist
GBR Wooldridge, Adrian D. Foreign Correspondent, The Economist