Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friends in High Places
Did you get an invite to stay at the billionaire hedge-fund trader Nathaniel Rothschild's luxury villa in Corfu this summer?
No, me neither.
That’s because we’re not members of the global elite.
This Daily Mail reports tells us a lot about the world we live in - and the small band of powerful global financiers and billionaire businessmen who call the shots. Read it and it’s easy to understand why our political elite- whether they go under a ‘Labour’ or 'Conservative' label- put the interests of capital before ordinary working people, every single time. After all, what can we offer them?
The scandal is not so much whether or not Shadow Chancellor George Osborne (pictured above, together with Nat Rothschild in their days as members of Oxford University's notorious Bullingdon Club) or Tory party treasurer Andrew Feldman personally approached the Russian aluminium oligarch Oleg Deripaska for a £50,000 donation to party funds, but that our political elite spend their time in such company.
As this writer says:
Mr Osborne is the man calling for the British people to elect him as chancellor of the exchequer. Lord Mandelson is now one of the most important cogs in the government's attempts to get the country through the economic downturn.
Both these men will undoubtedly use the phrase 'hard working British families' over the next few days in relation to some financial measure or other. But when was the last time either of them actually met a hard-working British family? After all, these are not the men they socialise with. They socialise with the Rothschilds and Deripaskas of the world.
And because they socialise with the Rothschilds and Deripaskas of the world, they will always favour their interests, ahead of OURS.
UPDATE: Martin Kelly has put up a great post about this shoddy affair, which I can highly recommend. Here's an extract:
Just as politics has been described as showbusiness for ugly people, the decline and fall of George Osborne is the political equivalent of Madonna's divorce from Guy Ritchie; a space-filler based on the doings of spectacularly unpleasant, spiritually ugly people, but focussed on wealth and influence instead of celebrity. The logic of the warped morality on display here seems to follow thus - Rothschild does not seem to be indignant, does not seem to care, that an attempt to break the law may or may not have been made in the company he was hosting. Instead, what irritates him is the company's privacy was breached.
To my mind, this displays an amoral attitude. By writing his letter, Rothschild has made himself fair game for further enquiry. The plebs will be asking themselves how many other such gatherings he has hosted at which discussions aimed at lawbreaking may have taken place.