Minister Coveney Attends Secretive Corporate Meeting
Reported today by the Journal we see the commencement of the annual private meeting of the transatlantic political, corporate and financial elite which until recently has gone mostly unnoticed since 1954. It is known as Bilderberg and apart from the above it also includes representatives from European royalty, global think tanks, military, intelligence services, and media, especially financial media.
The ‘official’ list guest list can be viewed here, although it is known that the list is not usually comprehensive as the US government participants would be in breach of a law known as the Logan Act for attending. It is quite an interesting list of people and one would ask what might be the common goal of such a mix of powerful people?
However, the reason for this article is the attendance of one Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine. Of all the most powerful people in Europe or even Ireland why would they invite Simon Coveney?
Past meetings have thrown up different invitees from Ireland and other countries yet there seems to be an undeniable trend to these invites. They tend to be people who in years following the meeting had a significant effect on political, corporate or financial changes in the world.
For instance in the years pre-empting and during the ratification of EU treaties Ireland’s Attorney Generals were invited. Also during the period of bank deregulation leading up to the crash many finance ministers (whether in government or opposition) and attorney generals sat alongside the key banks and vulture funds in the global meltdown. As did the world’s financial press, yet not a word of warning ever reached the public.
Now could this all be a coincidence or are these 140 plus global play makers really that incompetent? That is for the reader to summise.
So why Minister Coveney. It would seem to us that in that company he would be completely out of his depth. What do they want from him, is this linked to his ministry?
Perhaps this is linked to the implementation of aspects of the Lisbon Treaty this year, and/or the ownership of our continental shelf and the assets thereon and therein. Perhaps it is to do with the fisheries now made more complicated by independent Iceland’s new uncooperative stance with the EU. Perhaps it is about the imposition of GM trials and food imports to Ireland. All come under his remit. However as we have written before this may well be wrapped up in the negotiations for the US / EU free trade treaty the TTIP which empowers corporations over nation states.
Whichever it may be we find it highly extraordinary that a government minister is attending a secretive and unreported meeting, and highly unsatisfactory for Simon Coveney to state that he is attending in his “Private Capacity”. It is clearly not acceptable for a minister to use his specialised knowledge for the benefit of a private supranational group who’s agenda is not transparent.