“Let us control the money of a nation, and we care not who makes its laws.” Banker and oligarch, Mayer Amschel Rothschild.
“Do we have the determination to confront the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations?” David Cameron. “No!” must be the answer to this question.
But what needs to be understood is that corruption does not merely arise due to a lack of moral values in politicians or leaders (though undoubtedly there will be some driven by personal ambition or material gain). They do not only arise due to a lack of checks and balances (though by-passing of the parliamentary standards commissioner is not difficult and shows how easy it is to manipulate the regulatory mechanisms).
They arise, in large part, due to the poisonous relationship between politics and business. It is a relationship that the Tory government inevitably encourages.
Government “of the people, by the people, for the people” is something the world has become conditioned to believe is a panacea for governance. Yet even a superficial cursory review of this system shows some inherent weaknesses.
One of those weaknesses is how the voices of the rich and powerful utterly dwarf the voices of millions of others, so rendering the system as one of government for the rich and powerful, by their friends and proxies.
“The word oligarchy originated in Greece, was used by Aristotle to refer to political dominance by a few well-connected individuals by reason of wealth, title and/or military rank. Income inequality is the undisputed leading indicator of oligarchy, regardless of kind of government claimed, so political ideology is a mask, which every nation hides behind”.
(CFI) is an influential affiliate group of the Conservative Party which contains perhaps the largest number of Conservative MPs of any group in Parliament. At least half of the shadow cabinet are members and it’s membership extends to the highest echelons of power. It is dedicated to strengthening business, cultural and political ties with Israel.
It’s primarily concerns are with with foreign policy and it makes sure Israel’s case is heard in Parliament. It keeps MPs up to date with Israeli affairs and issues. A key part of this is the regular trips (CFI) makes to Israel with Conservative MPs and candidates. Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby claims that donations to the Conservative party “from all CFI members and their businesses add up to well over £10m over the last eight years”.
(CFI) was founded by Michael Fidler, who was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bury and Radcliffe between 1970 and the October 1974 election. After losing his seat, he decided to focus on building a pro-Israel group within the Conservative Party – there had been a Labour Friends of Israel group since 1957 – so Fidler launched (CFI) in 1974, and served as its National Director. By the mid-1980s, more than 150 Conservative MPs had been recruited to the (CFI) cause.
Membership of the group
Unlike most groups of Tory MPs, it has a staff and activist base that exists outside of Parliament. In other words, its core staff – including Director Stuart Polak – is not composed of MPs. Ordinary people are able to sign up for membership – there are roughly 2,000 members. However, its Parliamentary Group is said to include 80% of all Conservative MPs. Influential members:
Wilfred Pickles MP (Chair)
James_Arbuthnot MP (Retd)
David Cameron MP
David Burrowes MP
Robert Halfon MP
Priti Patel MP
Lee Scott MP
Iain Duncan Smith MP
Graham Brady MP (1922 Committee Chair)
Alistair Burt MP
Timothy Kirkhope MEP (European group)
Theresa Anne Villiers MP
Sir David Anthony Andrew Amess MP
William James Clappison MP (Retd)
Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP (Retd)
William Hague MP (retd)
Liam Fox MP
Mike Freer MP
Richard Harrington MP
Sajid Javid MP
and many others
Role and Key Purpose of the Conservative friends of Israel (CFI)
The highlight of the (CFI) events calender is the Annual Business Lunch, held towards the end of each year, at which Michael Howard, William Hague, George Osborne and David Cameron have spoken in recent years. In 2010 the speaker was the Prime Minister, last year the Chancellor, and it is set to be Mr Cameron again later this year. One source in Parliament said the annual lunches “are attended by the lion’s share of the Parliamentary Party. They are the Manchester United of affiliate party groups.”
David Cameron (2006) said: “I am proud not just to be a Conservative, but a Conservative friend of Israel; and I am proud of the key role CFI plays within our Party. Israel is a democracy, a strong and proud democracy, in a region that is, we hope, making its first steps in that direction.”
David Cameron (2010) said: “The friendship we celebrate today has thrived in the long years of Opposition and I know in government, it will deepen, because the ties between this party and Israel are unbreakable. And in me, you have a Prime Minister whose belief in Israel is indestructible.”
The Atlantic Bridge – The USA and Israel absorbs the UK as the 51 State
1997 – The Atlantic Bridge Charity (UK) was a conservative atlanticist think tank in the United Kingdom. It was set up by Conservative politician Liam Fox as a registered charity with the declared purpose of promoting the “Special Relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom. It was also a partnership program of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Conservative organisation with extensive links to corporate and industrial groups. http://www.stephennewton.com/tag/atlantic-bridge/
The Atlantic Bridge drew upon the experience and expertise of a board of directors, advisory council and an executive council. Each entity included experienced individuals from political, business and academic backgrounds on both sides of the Atlantic.
It hosted events with the Center for Security Policy, the Heritage Foundation and representatives from Lehman Brothers. Cabinet ministers, Michael Gove, George Osborne and William Hague sat on its advisory panel at some time, as did American senators, Jon Kyl, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman.
The Atlantic Bridge gained charitable status in 2003 as an “education and research scheme”, but a 2010 report by the Charity Commission ruled that it was “not evident that [it] had advanced education” and “may lead members of the public to call into question its independence from party politics”. It was ordered to enact a 12-month review to bring it into line with its charitable objectives. http://powerbase.info/index.php/Atlantic_Bridge
In 2007, the American Legislative Exchange Council, set up a sister charity also known as Atlantic Bridge, which then funded the UK arm of Atlantic Bridge with £28,528. Other funders:
Sir Michael Hintze – He is a British-Australian businessman, philanthropist and Conservative Party patron, based in the United Kingdom. According to the 2014 Forbes magazine list of The World’s Billionaires, he was the world’s 1,016th richest person, with a net worth of approximately US$1.8 billion and according to the BRW magazine Hinze was Australia’s 23rd wealthiest individual with a net worth of A$1.37 billion in 2014. He is listed as having provided half the funding to the Atlantic Bridge venture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hintze
Poju Zabludowicz, real estate/arms dealing billionaire and pro-Israel hawk also provided funding. Chaim “Poju” Zabludowicz is a London-based billionaire who has generously funded the Conservative Party in the UK and the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI). Furthermore, most of the funding for the Conservatives is actually channelled via the CFI.
Zabludowicz is also the Chairman and main funder of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM). Zabludowicz’s fortune derives from the Tamares Group which has large real estate interests and casinos, but originally from Soltam, the Israeli arms manufacturer set up by his father Shlomo Zabludowicz. NB: for some time Poju and Shlomo Zabludowicz were based in Finland.
Mick Davis – He served as Chief Executive of Xstrata from 2001 but left in 2013, after the company was taken over by Glencore. He subsequently formed mining venture, X2 Resources, with former colleagues including former Xstrata finance director Trevor Reid and executives Thras Moraitis, Andrew Latham and Ian Pearce.
He is also Chairman of UJIA, and a member of the Jewish Leadership Council. He is on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and a member of the World Executive of Keren Hayesod – Israel United Appeal. CEO of Xstrata Corp, a mining company. Funded the charity via “Pargav” a company set up by Adam Werritty.
Other sources of funding for the UK branch originated from pro-Israeli lobbying organizations BICOM and their billionaire backers. The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, better known as BICOM, is a British zionist hasbara organization which aims to monitor and influence the British media.
It has hundreds of thousands of pounds at their disposal, much of it coming directly from the United States, which sends a third of its whole, global foreign aid budget to Israel’s six million citizens (the real figure, including loan guarantees, tax breaks for charities and defence deals, could be as high as $10,000m annually, a sum which puts well into perspective last year’s USAID contribution of $8,800,000 to India’s population of 1,100m. Or, well over $1,500 per capita for Israelis, about $8.00 for an Indian)
This great flow of funds bypasses most ordinary Israeli citizens and poor and needy Jews in Israel and elsewhere and goes straight to the projection of Zionist causes and colonialism wherever it might be needed. These funds prop up, here in the United Kingdom, not just BICOM, but organizations such as Labour Friends of Israel, close to the heart of Tony Blair, the Jewish Agency (whose raison de vivre is to get as many Jews as possible to go to Israel), the World Zionist Organisation, Paoli Zion, a Labour Party affiliate, the Council of Christians and Jews, which keeps the Church of England leadership at Lambeth Palace in close self-restraint about Israel’s crimes against Christians and Christian institutions.
To establish, and then develop rapidly, a strong, well-positioned, network of like-minded conservatives in politics, business, journalism and academe on both sides of the Atlantic.
* To develop new and relevant policy ideas, building on the common thinking which underpins the natural trans-Atlantic alliance between the UK and the USA;
* To publicise widely such policy initiatives and stimulate discussion of how best to develop them further.
* To establish a board of advisers whose role is to help oversee the expansion of the group. This expansion is a vital step in building the network that is essential to the overall aims of the group. The focus point of the group will be an ongoing series of bi-annual speaker dinners to be held in London and cities across the United States.
The dinners will have three aims:
1. To allow potential members to get a better understanding about who they are and what the group does.
2. To discuss policy issues and disseminate information.
3. To ensure the network is in regular active contact and to prevent it from becoming stale.
Honorary Patron – The Rt Hon. The Baroness Thatcher
Advisory Council UK:
The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC – He was born in Edinburgh to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. He was a British politician and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Kensington. He served in various roles as a cabinet minister under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including Secretary of State for Scotland (1986–1990), Defence Secretary (1992–1995) and Foreign Secretary (1995–1997). He became Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee of the House of Commons during the 2005–2010 parliament.
He was elected to the Kensington seat at the 2010 general election with a majority of 8,616 votes and was appointed chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on 6 July 2010. He is an advocate for British military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, with or without a mandate from the United Nations. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Nuclear Security Council. In January 2015 he was appointed by the OSCE as a member of their Eminent Persons Panel on European Security.
In February 2015 he came under pressure to resign from his role as Chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee because he had been caught in a media sting operation where he agreed to help what he thought was a Chinese company to buy political influence. After initially refusing to resign and insisting he had done nothing wrong, the Conservative Party Whip was suspended pending an investigation, he resigned a few days later and also announced he would not be seeking re-election as an MP.
He is Co-Vice Chair of the Global Panel Foundation – America – with Dr. Dov S. Zakheim, the former U.S Under-Secretary of Defense and Comptroller of the Armed Forces. The Chair is former Canadian External Affairs and Minister of State for Finance Barbara McDougall.
The Right Honourable Norman Beresford Tebbit, Baron Tebbit, CH, PC – is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served in the Cabinet from 1981 to 1987 as Secretary of State for Employment (1981–83), Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1983–85), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1985–87) and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1985–87). He was a member of parliament (MP) from 1970 to 1992, representing the constituencies of Epping (1970–74) and Chingford (1974–92).
He considered standing for the Conservative leadership after Margaret Thatcher’s resignation in 1990, but came to the decision not to stand as he had earlier made a commitment to his wife to retire from front-line politics. He gave up his parliamentary seat for Chingford in 1992, and has since sat in the House of Lords.
The Lord Astor of Hever DL – Trying to make sense of the Astor family tree is enough to bring tears to the eyes of the most forensic of genealogists. For the mere amateur it is like navigating a maze while wearing a blindfold. Even clan members tend to fall back on the all-encompassing term ‘cousin’ when it comes to describing who’s who in the family.
In little more than 100 years, the Astors have, confusingly, produced two distinct aristocratic lines and many have remarried several times.
Suffice to say, the Astor name hums with posh scandal, fabulous houses and pots and pots of money. Nothing symbolises this collision of extreme wealth and disrepute more than Cliveden, the 19th-century Italianate pleasure palace that was the family’s ancestral home overlooking the Thames in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.
In the Thirties when Nancy Astor, Britain’s first woman MP, was its celebrated chatelaine, the mansion was synonymous with a smart-set of political and literary figures who supported the appeasement of Adolf Hitler.
Thirty years later, it was the location for the raffish party where the current Lord Astor’s father introduced War Minister Jack Profumo to a ravishing dark-haired beauty — naked but for a discreetly stationed towel — called Christine Keeler.
Their meeting and subsequent affair triggered one of the country’s greatest post-war political crises after it emerged that Keeler had also enjoyed a relationship with Soviet spy Yevgeny Ivanov.
The fallout from the Profumo affair, which scandalised the early Sixties Establishment, might have destroyed the Astor name and seen it shrink into the margins of aristocratic life.
But instead it has flourished and its prestige continues to grow. Today, the Astors are Britain’s answer to the Kennedys. The family is embedded at every level of the modern beau monde — from the royals and the landowning classes, to Hollywood, rock ’n’ roll and the Middletons.
They spend summers at their estate on the Hebridean island of Jura — a cooler (much cooler) location than Hyannis Port, the Kennedy family compound in Massachusetts — and their tentacles of influence reach everywhere.
They supplied two bridesmaids at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, they are millionaire entrepreneurs and they are part of the media landscape.
David Cameron, meanwhile, counts one of the two current Lord Astors as his stepfather-in-law and another as a minister in the Ministry of Defence.
Eleanor Fulton Laing, née Pritchard MP – is a British politician. She is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Epping Forest, a constituency she has represented since 1997. In October 2013 fellow MPs elected her as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. She is a strong critic of devolution, and attacked the Labour government on many of the details of the transfer of power. In December 2000 she was appointed as opposition Scottish spokeswoman.
In 2007 she voted against MPs’ expense claims being made public. After details of MPs’ expense claims were released in the press, it was shown that she had avoided paying £180,000 capital gains tax on the sale of her Westminster flat by declaring it as her primary residence. This was due to its having a higher value than her constituency home, making it her primary residence under CGT rules. However she had registered the flat as her second home with the Parliamentary Fees Office, and by doing so had claimed through her Additional Costs Allowance some of the interest due on her mortgage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Laing
John Whittingdale OBE MP – He has been MP for the area since 1992 and lives in Maldon. He was educated at Winchester College and University College, London, where he graduated with a degree in economics. Prior to his election, John worked both in Whitehall and the City. Having worked in the Conservative Research Department, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in 1984, serving three successive Secretaries of State until 1987.
In 2007, he was appointed a Vice Chairman of the Conservative ParliamHe then went to work at NM Rothschild Merchant Bank in the City before returning to Government work in 1989 when he was appointed Political Secretary to the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
He continued in that role until Margaret Thatcher left office in 1990 and he was awarded the OBE in her resignation honours list.entary Party 1922 Committee. In 2015, he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Whittingdale
Michael Gove MP – He is a British Conservative politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Surrey Heath. He is also an author and was formerly a columnist for The Times. Born in Edinburgh, Gove was raised in Aberdeen where he began his career as a journalist. He was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2005 election for the safe Conservative seat of Surrey Heath.
He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by David Cameron in 2007 as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. After the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Education. In 2014, Gove was replaced as Secretary of State for Education in a Cabinet reshuffle and moved to the post of Chief Whip. Following the 2015 general election, Gove was promoted to the offices of Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
The Financial Times describes Gove as having “strong neoconservative convictions”. He proposed that the invasion of Iraq would bring peace and democracy both to Iraq and the wider Middle East. In December 2008, he wrote that declarations of either victory or defeat in Iraq in 2003 were premature, and that the liberation of Iraq was a foreign policy success.
He has described himself as “a proud Zionist”, and supports the United Jewish Israel Appeal’s fundraising activities. He has been accused of harbouring hostile attitude towards Islam after the publications of his book Celsius 7/7, though he distinguishes between “the great historical faith” of Islam, which he says has “brought spiritual nourishment to millions”, and Islamism, a “totalitarian ideology” that turns to “hellish violence and oppression,” likening Islamism to Nazism and Communism.
George Osborne MP – Born Gideon Oliver Osborne, he is a British politician and member of the Conservative Party who has been the First Secretary of State since 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury since 2010 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tatton since 2001. The Financial Times described Osborne as “metropolitan and socially liberal”.
He is hawkish on foreign policy with links to Washington neo-conservatives and ideologically committed to cutting the state. There is evidence of this commitment to cutting the state in his party’s manifesto, with Osborne and the Conservatives seeking to cut the deficit “faster and deeper” than any other main party as well as committing to various tax cuts such as inheritance tax and national insurance.
According to an IFS report before the 2010 election, the Conservatives needed to find more money from cuts beyond what they had outlined than any other major party.
William Jefferson Hague FRSL MP – He was a British Conservative politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) from 1989 to 2015. He was elected leader of the Conservative Party at the age of 36. He resigned as leader of the Conservatives after the 2001 general election following a second landslide defeat.
He returned to the backbenches, beginning a career as an author, writing biographies of William Pitt the Younger and William Wilberforce. He also held several directorships, and worked as a consultant and public speaker.
After David Cameron was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, Hague rejoined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Foreign Secretary. On 14 July 2014, Hague stood down as Foreign Secretary to become Leader of the House of Commons in preparation for his planned retirement from parliament, after 26 years as an MP He stood down at the 2015 general election.
Hague’s annual income was the highest in Parliament, with earnings of about £400,000 a year from directorships, consultancy, speeches, and his parliamentary salary. His income was previously estimated at £1 million annually, but he dropped several commitments and in effect took a salary cut of some £600,000 on becoming Shadow Foreign Secretary in 2005.
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson MP – He is a British politician and former journalist who has served as Mayor of London since 2008 and as Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. He considers himself a One Nation Conservative. He is a controversial figure in British politics and journalism.
Supporters have praised him as an entertaining, humorous, and popular figure with appeal beyond traditional Conservative voters. Critics have accused him of laziness and dishonesty, racism, homophobia, and being out of touch with working people. The author of various books, he is also the subject of several biographies and a number of fictionalised portrayals.
He attended Oxford University. There, he was part of a generation of Oxford undergraduates who came to dominate British politics and media in the early 21st century, among them senior Conservative Party members David Cameron, William Hague, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, and Nick Boles.
At the university he associated primarily with Old Etonians and joined the Old Etonian-dominated Bullingdon Club, an upper-class drinking society known for its acts of local vandalism and for wrecking restaurants before paying for the damage. Labour politician Hazel Blears called him “a nasty right-wing elitist, with odious views and criminal friends”.
Daniel Rosenberg – He is a partner in the Corporate group at Charles Russell Speechlys, which was created through the merger of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham on 1 November 2014. He represents a broad spectrum of UK and international companies on a wide range of corporate issues, including M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate finance transactions. He has a particular focus on inward investment, especially from the USA and Canada, and lead his firm’s US-facing activities.
From January 2001 – August 2011 (10 years 8 months)- He was a partner in Taylor Wessing LLP Expertise – Private Wealth – The cross-departmental Private Wealth group is recognised as a market leader. They are exceptional for a large international law firm in having a substantial private wealth capability, serving a large number of major families and their family offices.
They offer a fully integrated service for the ultra-wealthy who need expert and joined-up advice on their personal wealth structures, international tax planning, commercial and real estate investments, reputation management and immigration issues. As many major corporate businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia are still family-owned, They are ideally placed to serve the full range of their business needs.
Malcolm Scott – The Scottish Government’s bankruptcy agency has applied for curbs to be placed on a former tycoon who was the biggest Tory donor north of the Border. Malcolm Scott could face business restrictions for over a decade following an Accountancy in Bankruptcy (AiB) investigation. Scott was an Edinburgh-based property and grain merchant who ploughed over £1.6 million into the Conservatives. As part of a lavish lifestyle, he owned a private jet, hired singer Bryan Ferry to play at his 40th birthday party, and entertained Tory grandees at his nine-bedroom mansion in West Lothian.
He also became treasurer of the Scottish party and was heavily tipped for a peerage. However, his riches turned to dust in 2012 after his businesses failed to repay huge bank loans taken out by his company. Labour MP Graeme Morrice said: “It is very worrying that a businessman who gave so much money to the Tories was revealed to have had so many financial problems. Malcolm Scott’s financial relationship with the Conservatives should be investigated by Scottish leader Ruth Davidson.”
Advisory Council USA:
Grace-Marie Turner – She is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform. She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform that transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients. She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.
She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy. She is a co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, published by HarperCollins in 2011.
Senator Jon Llewellyn Kyl (/’ka?l/Jon Kyl – Honorary US Chairman – He is a former United States Senator from Arizona, where he served as Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest position in the Republican Senate leadership. He currently works in the lobbying group at the law firm Covington & Burling. Was ranked by National Journal as the fourth-most conservative United States Senator in their March 2007 conservative/liberal rankings.
In addition, in April 2006, Kyl was selected by Time Magazine as one of “America’s 10 Best Senators”. The magazine cited his successful behind-the-scene efforts as head of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
Senator Jon Llewellyn Kyl
Congressman John Bayard Taylor Campbell III – He is a former U.S. Representative, serving in Congress from 2005–2015. He is a member of the Republican Party. On June 27, 2013, Campbell announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014. After retiring from Congress, he moved to a farm near Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
John Bayard Taylor Campbell III
Senator Lindsey Olin Graham – He is an American politician and member of the Republican Party. He has served as a United States Senator from South Carolina since 2003, and has been the senior Senator from South Carolina since 2005. On June 1, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States in the 2016 election.
Referred to by some as a “war hawk” and “interventionist” he is known in the Senate for his advocacy of a strong national defense, his support of the military, and as an advocate of strong United States leadership in world affairs.
Senator Lindsey Olin Graham
Senator Joseph Isadore “Joe” Lieberman – He is an American politician and former United States Senator from Connecticut. A former member of the Democratic Party, he was the party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election. Currently an independent, he remains closely associated with the party. As a Senator he introduced and championed legislation that led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. He announced in January 2011 that he would retire from the Senate when his term ended in January 2013.
Following his retirement from the Senate, he became senior counsel of the white collar criminal defense and investigations practice at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, a law firm in New York City. In March 2013, it was announced that he would be joining the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank as co-chairman of their American Internationalism Project, alongside former Republican Senator Jon Kyl.
In February 2014, he was named as Counselor at the National Bureau of Asian Research. Additionally, he serves as the Lieberman Chair of Public Policy and Public Service at Yeshiva University, where he teaches an undergraduate course in political science.
Joe Leiberman (L)
Senator Melquíades Rafael Martínez Ruiz, usually known as Mel Martínez – Served as United States senator from Florida also served as chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007, the first Latino to serve as chairman of a major party. Previously, Martínez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush.
Martínez is a Cuban-American and Roman Catholic. Resigned his Senate seat in 2009 to become a lobbyist and partner at international firm DLA Piper. He left DLA Piper in August 2010 to become chairman of Chase Bank Florida and its operations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Martinez is currently Chairman of the Southeast and Latin America for JPMorgan, Chase & Co.
UK Board & Executive Council
Liam Fox – British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Somerset, and former Secretary of State for Defence. Studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and worked as a GP and Civilian Army Medical Officer before being elected as an MP in 1992. After holding several ministerial roles in John Major’s Conservative government, Fox served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998–1999), Shadow Health Secretary (1999–2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003–05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005–10).
Fox stood unsuccessfully in the 2005 Conservative leadership election. In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011 over allegations that he had given a close friend, lobbyist Adam Werritty, access to the Ministry of Defence and allowed him to join official trips overseas.
Catherine Bray – US Executive Director – In 2007, Catherine helped to launch the ALEC Atlantic Bridge Project – a special partnership program with the Atlantic Bridge Group. This British non-profit organization was chaired by Liam Fox MP, and supported by Lady Thatcher. It focused on providing an arena for young conservative leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to build close personal and professional relationships.
Prior to joining ALEC, Catherine spent seven year’s in the European Parliament working for Conservative Members including previous ALEC International Legislator of the Year Roger Helmer MEP and former Chief Whip and EU Budget Spokesman Richard Ashworth MEP. Catherine holds a degree in politics and has been a candidate for local government in the UK.
Adam Werrity – Werritty graduated from Edinburgh University with a lower second-class degree, also becoming vice president of the Conservative And Unionist Students branch. After moving to London he initially worked for private healthcare provider PPP and lived in a series of flats, including a spell from 2002 to 2003 lodging rent free with Liam Fox at the MP’s taxpayer-subsidised apartment near Tower Bridge. Dr Fox installed Werritty as executive director of the charity Atlantic Bridge, funded by Tory donor Michael Hintze, which brought together Right-wing politicians from the US and UK. The position allowed him to travel the world regularly with Liam Fox and to the US for seminars and conferences.
Kara Watt – US Executive Director – Kara Watt lives and works in London. She previously held positions at the Heritage Foundation and interned at the White House during the 2004 re-election campaign.
Professor Patrick Minford – Trustee – Patrick Minford has been the Professor of Economics at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University from October 1997. Between 1967 and 1976 he held economic positions in: the Ministry of Finance, Malawi; Directors’ staff, Courtaulds Limited; HM Treasury; HM Treasury’s Delegation to Washington, DC; Manchester University; and the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. From 1976-1997, he was a Professor of economics at Liverpool University.
Patrick Minford was also a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission between 1990 and 1996 and one of HM Treasury’s Panel of Forecasters (the ‘Six Wise Men’) between January 1993 and December 1996. He was awarded a CBE for services to economics in 1996 and is the author of: books, articles and journalism on exchange rates, unemployment, housing and macroeconomics. Patrick Minford currently directs the Julian Hodge Institute of Applied Macroeconomics at Cardiff University Business School.
Statement by Mersey Port Shop Stewards’ Committee – That is why Professor Minford along with the rest of his right-wing friends, demanded ‘flexible labour markets’ where workers are stripped of all rights and protection from either unions or the law. He worked with the Adam Smith Institute, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) and the Institute of Directors.
The CPS was founded in 1974 by Margaret Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph to combat Edward Heath’s U-turn in front of working class resistance to his anti-union legislation. The Centre became the home of a group whose aim was to place Thatcher at the head of the Tory party. It was while he was working for CPS that Nicholas Ridley drew up the Ridley plan against the miners.
It is Minford’s type of economics that celebrates the low-wage economy, individual short-term contracts and the withdrawal of welfare benefits. They advocate the drive to casualisation, where employers can hire and fire as they want, take people on for longer or shorter periods as they see fit and sack any ‘militants’ who interfere with their plans.
Gabrielle Bertin – former equity trader at BNPParibas. Worked as a researcher for Liam Fox on the Atlantic Bridge project, funded by Pfizer the multinational drugs company who were pursuing a hostile bid looking to buy AstraZeneca for £63bn.
Gabby who was the prime minister’s external affairs director, was funded by the company to work for a charity and the press expressed concerns that David cameron was a little too close to the action. More recently she transferred to 10 Downing Street having been promoted to the role of special advisor SPAD to David Cameron.
Andrew Dunlop – Trustee – Worked for Margaret Thatcher as one of her advisers in 1988. Successfully progressed, with David cameron to her so called ‘inner circle’ as one of the seven members of her “policy unit”. There he specialised in defence, employment, tax reform and Scotland. After working for Thatcher he worked for the lobbying company Politics International, now known as Interel Consulting UK.
He retired from the company in 2010 to concentrate on his political work. He has also worked under John Major and Michael Howard. Dunlop graduated in economics from Glasgow University before becoming special adviser to former Defence Secretary George Younger. Dunlop was also a Conservative councillor in West Sussex. As an adviser to Mr Cameron, Dunlop was paid an annual salary of £74,000.
Has been a junior minister at the Scotland Office since May 2015 and has been awarded a peerage to sit in the House of Lords. Dunlop was UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s adviser on Scotland from March 2012 to 2015.
The appointment of Dunlop as adviser on Scotland came under intense scrutiny, as it is widely believed that he was involved in the controversial poll tax, which was introduced by Mrs Thatcher. When the poll tax was introduced, Dunlop was in charge of policy on taxation and Scotland, meaning that he would have been closely involved in the decision to introduce the tax.
Professor Robert MacLaren: No information available
Craig Earnshaw: No information available
US Board & Executive Council
Amanda Bowman – The Founder of The Anglosphere Society, Amanda Bowman was previously the New York Director of the Center for Security Policy for eight years. Her principal focus was on policing terrorism and the home-grown threat posed by Radical Islam. In that capacity, she worked collaboratively with policy organizations and law enforcement in both the US and the UK.
She has over 20 years’ experience in corporate, philanthropic and consumer public relations, specializing in managing policy issues and public affairs, and has conducted numerous successful conferences and policy events on both sides of the Atlantic. http://www.theanglospheresociety.org/directors.html
She is also a Board member of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. When Chief Executive of Atlantic Bridge Inc, told the FT it had never received “a dime” from Mr Hintze or any of his companies. Ms Bowman said she had closed down Atlantic Bridge Inc last December “principally because of the problems that Atlantic Bridge UK was having”.
Scott D. Syfert – Executive Council Chairman – lawyer – When events occur in America, expenses are paid by the Atlantic Bridge Inc (US), run by Scott Syfert. If a British citizen wishes to attend an event in the US, and prefers to give a donation in GBP, the UK charity will accept the donations on behalf of Atlantic Bridge Inc. The two entities have been set up to mutually support each others aims”.
Scott D. Syfert
Ross Bevevino – Served as a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers in their Global Wealth Management Division from 2003 up to 15 September 2008 when the firm filed for bankruptcy protection following the massive exodus of most of its clients, drastic losses in its stock, and devaluation of its assets by credit rating agencies.
Lehman’s bankruptcy filing is the largest in US history, and played a major role in the unfolding of the late-2000s global financial crisis. Now works with Alexander Capital, New York.
Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. – He is a U.S. lawyer, politician, and lobbyist, and was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1983 to 1989. Fahrenkopf is co-creator, and currently co-chairman, of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which conducts the general election presidential and vice presidential debates in presidential election years. In the private sector, Fahrenkopf most recently served as the American Gaming Association’s first president, and retired from the position in 2013.
Alan Guarino – Vice Chairman, Global Financial Market – Mr. Guarino brings a unique perspective to Korn Ferry as a former chief executive officer and experienced consultant, working with corporate boards and executive teams to drive business and talent management strategies. He has public company board experience, deep expertise in corporate governance, and is internationally recognized as a key player within professional services, global capital markets, as well as technology/data analytics.
Clark S. Judge – He is the Managing Director of the White House Writers Group (WHWG. Member of the executive council of The Atlantic Bridge. an organisation with strong ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Research Institute, a free market think tank that has associated with the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute.
He also enjoys a “Revolving Door” profile on the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org website. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is an extremely influential, pro-business, think tank founded in 1943 by Lewis H. Brown. It promotes the advancement of free enterprise capitalism and its people have served in influential governmental positions.
The Koch brothers – David and Charles – are the right-wing billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries. As two of the richest people in the world, they are key funders of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on the Kochs include: Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, American Encore, and Freedom Partners. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/American_Enterprise_Institute
Frank Swain – He is a Partner at Baker and Daniels law firm. His focus is advising clients on finance and government program issues. He has particular experience with the regulation of government sponsored loan and finance programs and budget expenditure issues affecting those programs. A related field is advising clients on opportunities and issues related to government contracts and privatization of government services. Previously, Frank served as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the United States Small Business Administration. He also served as legislative counsel to the National Federation of Independent Business and treasurer of the Thatcher Foundation.
Paul Wright – Paul was appointed a Board Director on 23 April 2009. He is Finance Director of Towry, having previously been Finance Director for Man Investments and Coutts Group. Paul has also held senior finance roles with Standard Chartered Bank and Hambros. His most recent role was Chief Financial Officer for a company advising the Singapore Government on part of their investment portfolio.
John Falk – Fox had an American ‘adviser’ U.S. defence lobbyist John Falk boasted that he worked with Minister and his charity. Falk is managing director of Kestral-USA, the Washington DC branch of Pakistan-based Kestral Holdings which specialises in military logistics and private security. Reports mention that the company has been contracted by the USA to fight in Pakistan through Blackwater, the infamous American private security firm with deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Michael Teden – He is Chairman and Managing Director of Whitehall Advisory Group, a business advisory firm dedicated to providing “Best Practices” to solve problems for mid-sized to Fortune 1000 companies. The firm has offices in London and Charlotte. He has extensive experience in the US domestic and international commercial insurance industries. He worked for ten years at Lloyd’s of London before starting up the US subsidiary of a Lloyd’s broking firm in Charlotte, North Carolina in February, 1979.
He has represented all areas of insurance and risk management – from underwriting to broking—and has traveled extensively both in the US and internationally to help clients manage their risk portfolios. He has focused on business development within the corporate and investment banking divisions of the larger financial institutions for such firms as Palmer & Cay, Sedgwick, and Marsh & McLennan.
Nicolas Howard: No information available
William Miller: No information available
Jenny Singer: No information available