Bilderberg guests begin to arrive at The Grove hotel, Watford

Bilderberg guests begin to arrive at The Grove Bilderberg guests begin to arrive at The Grove

Delegates have started arriving at The Grove hotel for the secretive Bilderberg Group meeting at the five-star resort today.

A small number of protesters heckled a black Mercedes carrying an unknown attendee and being escorted by a police outrider in the last hour.

Among the guests due to attend the conference are Chancellor George Osborne, shadow chancellor Ed Balls, cabinet minister Ken Clarke and Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF as well as the heads large corporations such as Barclays, Amazon, Google and Shell.

Activists and demonstrators have also started to congregate in a designated protest area in the grounds. They have been joined by Labour MP and outspoken critic of the Bilderberg Group, Michael Meacher.

Meanwhile a massive police operation is being mounted around the hotel using anti-terror laws to close roads and footpaths. A no-fly zone is also in effect over the grounds.

All public rights of way across the grounds of The Grove, including the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, are now suspended for the duration of the three-day conference.

Grove Mill Lane has been shut down by police to all non-residents and residents attempting to use the road will be asked to provide police with photographic ID.

Pedestrians will also be prevented from using Hempstead Road and Langleybury Lane, south of the M25 crossing.

Comments(11)

Alfie Nokes says...
11:41am Thu 6 Jun 13

who is paying for what?

Thornhill says "the local taxpayer".

police spokesman would not disclose costs for operational reasons.

conference organisers to contribute an undisclosed amount.

police statement says "seeking funding from other sources to help cover the costs of policing and are in discussion with the Home Office about other funding sources"

Telegraph reckons "British taxpayers to pay 'millions'"

on a party for trillionaires

how much and who pays?

dontknowynot says...
12:09pm Thu 6 Jun 13

my understanding is that it will be payed for by the Bilderberg association a registered UK charity whose stated objective on the charity commission.
"IN FURTHERANCE OF THE ASSOCIATION'S OBJECTIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE ORGANISES CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS IN THE UK AND ELSEWHERE AND DISSEMINATES THE RESULTS THEREOF BY PREPARING AND PUBLISHING REPORTS OF SUCH CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS AND BY OTHER MEANS"

quite what Dissemination's they undertake eludes me but, but they I understand will be paying for the security as reported in the press.

Looking at the accounts last year they paid out about 24K to attend the meeting in America, this year they are responsible for paying for hosting the meeting and are expecting large outgoings.

As to their income it comes from donations and is not taxed, also I believe that as a charity any donations made are exempt from tax, quite how they are classed as a charity eludes me, but on the plus side it does mean they publish accounts that are readily accessible and free:-

http://apps.charityc
ommission.gov.uk/Acc
ounts/Ends06/0000272
706_AC_20120331_E_C.
PDF

garston tony says...
12:17pm Thu 6 Jun 13

The WO are really going to town on this story arent they! They must be wetting themselves with the excitement

E.Coli says...
12:23pm Thu 6 Jun 13

THE all-powerful Bilderberg Group has met to decide whether the puffball skirt will make a comeback in autumn.

Werewolves could be the new vampires
Other issues to be discussed by the group, which includes business leaders, powerful politicians and Ed Balls, are whether there should be a Miranda Christmas special and the exact breeds of dog allowed to use the suffix ‘doodle’.

Protestor Tom Booker said: “Every year the world’s most powerful people get together to decide vital issues like the new levels on Angry Birds Seasons and if chandeliers are still happening in suburban living rooms, and every year the public is locked out of the process.

“But we’re the ones who must deal with the consequences. We have to eat the salted caramels, wear the Superdry clothes and watch the Twilight films.”

Bilderberg attendee George Osborne said: “The conspiracy theorists have got it all wrong. We’re not discussing world-changing stuff, like bringing out iPhones in a range of bright colours or Jennifer Lawrence’s secret carbs-on-Tuesdays diet.

“It’s just really boring ****, like the planned collapse of the world economy, the suppression of drugs which can halt the aging process and secret contact with alien civilisations. You wouldn’t be at all interested.

“Oh, and it’s not true about world leaders secretly being seven-foot lizards. Apart from Peter Mandelson obviously.”

Cuetip says...
12:26pm Thu 6 Jun 13

garston tony wrote:
The WO are really going to town on this story arent they! They must be wetting themselves with the excitement
So are we all when the big acts come on our stage.

Watfordengineer says...
1:05pm Thu 6 Jun 13

Sounds like a "team building" event for world leaders.

I don't buy the conspiracy theory's as the guest list changes each time.

My understanding is that the policing cost is met by donations from the Group themselves. However this just fuels the conspiracy theory people into accusing the police of acting for the group!!

If the protesters didn't turn up then the police presence would be much less.

bulldozer73 says...
3:20pm Thu 6 Jun 13

Do they really need armed police at Watford Met line station or police on cycles patrolling Cassiobury park? Perhaps Osborne and Balls are arriving by public transport?!?

garston tony says...
3:53pm Thu 6 Jun 13

bulldozer73 wrote:
Do they really need armed police at Watford Met line station or police on cycles patrolling Cassiobury park? Perhaps Osborne and Balls are arriving by public transport?!?
Now I wonder why the police would want to have a presence in two nearby locations where potential trouble makers could arrive at or congregate?

dontknowynot says...
4:04pm Thu 6 Jun 13

garston tony wrote:
bulldozer73 wrote:
Do they really need armed police at Watford Met line station or police on cycles patrolling Cassiobury park? Perhaps Osborne and Balls are arriving by public transport?!?
Now I wonder why the police would want to have a presence in two nearby locations where potential trouble makers could arrive at or congregate?
would that be watford met station in Park ward of Watford borough council, and just what justification is there for armed police at that location, I really don't think that a gang of terrorists is going to launch an assault on the Grove from there.

Cuetip says...
5:50pm Thu 6 Jun 13

Does anyone know what happened to Wat Tyler in 1381 when he tried to have an open discussion with the King?

Gaz1222 says...
6:45pm Thu 6 Jun 13

“I don’t think it’s true to say that we want to keep it out , we never wanted to get it in. We don’t encourage people to mention it in the mainstream press because we don’t encourage idle speculation about what we do. …… We forbid individual attendees from giving press meetings at our conferences, and we do that not because we’re secrecy mad, but because we want to control the politicians who come.” Martin Taylor – Secretary General, Bilderberg

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