"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Money Talks

This time it's George Soros' money doing what it does best and re-organising the world to his liking.

What's being billed as "a new Bretton Woods" is a three-day event being held at, unsurprisingly,  Bretton Woods on the 8th April. According to their website, more than two hundred global movers and shakers are expected to attend the conference with a view to thrashing out a new policy for a new economic world order.

Gordon Brown will be speaking; it's the sort of conference that attracts him like a magnet. It must be a hard life trying to squeeze in all these international obligations in between tending to the needs of his Kirkaldy constituents.
Has spoken in 2 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
Has received answers to 8 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
Has voted in 11.44% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
People have made 762 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
279 people are tracking whenever this MP speaks.
Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 2302 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs.


  1. I'm glad Gordon is there. Given his track record in cocking things up this won't go well.

    But there is more...

    Alex Evans, Head of Research Program on Climate Change, Resource Scarcity and Multilateralism, Center of International Cooperation, NYU

    Resource Scarcity WTF!

    Andy Haldane, Executive Director, Financial Stability, Bank of England

    Pulls the stand upcomedy slot at 9-00 PM!

    And then there are these...

    Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
    Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
    Richard McGregor, Financial Times
    John Kay, Columnist, Financial Times
    Anatole Kaletsky, Associate Editor, The Times

  2. No wonder the West is on the skids.

  3. That's what I call being optimistic, William. I wondered about the chap from Climate Change, Resource Scarcity & Multilateralism too (what a title!) Also, the Bank of International Settlements is involved.

    True, OR. I don't see how being filthy rich and being the man who almost broke the Bank of England qualifies him to sway global opinion. He seems to have tinkered in almost every ex-USSR country since the fall of the Wall.


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