Police must not be seen as arm of the state, says UK top cop

Police fear becoming the focus of public anger at government cuts and that repeated clashes with demonstrators risk damaging their reputation, a top officer has told the Guardian.

Hello? The police always have been the arm of the state and of the ruling class, but the pretense has been otherwise. I guess that charade is about over in Britain now.

Of course it might help the image of UK police a teensy bit if they didn’t drag people out of wheelchairs and beat them.

Anarchy in the UK. Student protestors storm Tory HQ

Telegraph UK

Telegraph UK

After initially being ejected from the lobby of Millbank by police and security staff, the protestors smashed their way in through windows.

Using sticks and chairs they destroyed CCTV cameras and broke windows from the inside of the office block. Employees had to be evacuated as masked youths rampaged through corridors and onto the roof.

Dozens of police officers stationed outside the entrance were overwhelmed as the crowd of thousands pelted them with rocks and bottles.

BBC video (not embeddable)

Foundation X is offering £75bn to UK, no strings, says Lord James

Previous reports had it at a paltry £17bn but that’s only the first installment, says Lord James, who insists he’s not a doddering old coot who fell victim to a scam.

He’s says it can’t be tainted money because has experience money laundering cash from criminal groups and knows what the deal is. (He says the Bank of England had him clean up businesses infiltrated by the IRA)

“I’m not a money launderer, I was on the side of the angels,” he added

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Did a not-obviously-insane member of the government — a corporate troubleshooter and Conservative life peer — really just stand up in the House of Lords and announce that a shadowy Foundation (that might or might not represent the Vatican) was offering the British government an investment of umpty-billion pounds in order to reboot the economy — free, gratis, with no strings attached?

Or am I just imagining the “no strings attached” clause?

The Vatican Bank is currently embroiled in a money-laundering scandal of its own, so we’re really going into the rabbit hole of conspiracy thories here, aren’t we?

(PS. I do hope the good Lord didn’t advance Foundation X a few million in advance of them sending the billions. Just saying… But clearly, he is not a nutcase.)

Someone tried to buy the UK government

It came up in Hansard (the minutes of the House of Lords) on Monday. Or is trying to buy the UK government. I swear to God I am not making this up.

Here’s the transcript.

Essentially, Lord James said that he had been approached by “Foundation X”:

“For the past 20 weeks I have been engaged in a very strange dialogue with the two noble Lords, in the course of which I have been trying to bring to their attention the willing availability of a strange organisation which wishes to make a great deal of money available to assist the recovery of the economy in this country. For want of a better name, I shall call it foundation X. That is not its real name, but it will do for the moment.”

Lord James is an expert on terrorist and mob money. He is the man the bankers talk to when they want to know if a business is on the level or completely evil. It is manifestly clear that he isn’t the goodie here; he even says as much. He knows people. So when someone goes, I have a lot of money, they go to him.

Here’s the thing. He says:

“The City firm came to me and asked whether I could get a reference and a clearance on foundation X. For 20 weeks, I have been endeavouring to do that. I have come to the absolute conclusion that foundation X is completely genuine and sincere and that it directly wishes to make the United Kingdom one of the principal points that it will use to disseminate its extraordinarily great wealth into the world at this present moment, as part of an attempt to seek the recovery of the global economy.”

Wait, what?

“I found myself between a rock and a hard place that were totally paranoid about each other, because the foundation X people have an amazing obsession with their own security. They expect to be contacted only by someone equal to head of state status or someone with an international security rating equal to the top six people in the world. This is a strange situation.”

Messed-up metaphors aside, why would they do this?

” My point on all of this is that we have not proven any of this. Foundation X is saying at this moment that it is prepared to put up the entire £5 billion for the funding of the three Is recreation; the British Government can have the entire independent management and control of it-foundation X does not want anything to do with it; there will be no interest charged; and, by the way, if the British Government would like it as well, if it will help, it will be prepared to put up money for funding hospitals, schools, the building of Crossrail immediately with £17 billion transfer by Christmas, if requested, and all these other things. These things can be done, if wished, but a senior member of the Government has to accept the invitation to a phone call to the chairman of foundation X-and then we can get into business. This is too big an issue. I am just an ageing, obsessive old Peer and I am easily dispensable, but getting to the truth is not. We need to know what really is happening here. We must find out the truth of this situation.”

No one gives up 17 billion pounds (nearly 30 billion dollars) for altruistic reasons.

Do they?

Do they?