Daily View: Bilderberg Group conference
Commentators discuss the conference held in Sitges, Spain by the Bilderberg Group of politicians and businesspeople.
Anita Brooks of the Independent reports from Sitges about the atmosphere around the venue:
"The heavyweight weekend retreat kicked off yesterday with hordes of police security and a gag order for employees at the luxury Dolce, whose aptly-named presidential suites overlook the Mediterranean. None of the illustrious guests posed for photos or spouted prepared statements for the media. Instead, activists, journalists and bloggers attempted to stake out positions in the surrounding hills to catch glimpses of this year's participants, guerrilla-warrior style."
The Guardian has published a photo gallery of images taken by activists that purports to show delegates arriving at the conference, and is asking readers to identify them:
"[A] few interested souls have slipped past police patrols, clambered up cliffs, fallen off walls, dodged heatseeking helicopters and managed to capture, on film, the richest of the rich and the shyest of the shy.
"Have a flick through our gallery of hard-won mugshots and see whether you can spot anyone you know."
Caroline Baum in Bloomberg Businessweek looks at some of the speculation about the conference's agenda:
"One website said the agenda this year would include approaches to provoking the kind of economic breakdown that could 'justify the establishment of a full-scale world economic governance.' Another website said the group would discuss manufacturing a global depression to implement their dream of one-world government.
"That these assertions sound less wacky than they used to tells you to what extent public and private sectors have become enmeshed and to what degree governments have coordinated their national and regional bailouts."
In the Telegraph, Iain Hollingshead concludes that the conference may be more mundane than some suggest:
"The reality of these conferences appears to boil down to a group of willy-waggling old men comparing their security details and dreaming of past glories. Admittedly, they are efficient talent-spotters, inviting Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton before they were household names (and thereby fuelling further conspiracies)."
For Fox News, Glenn Beck argues that it is easy to anticipate what the delegates would be likely to discuss:
"You don't need a conspiracy site to know what these supposedly elite and powerful people were 'secretly' meeting about. They weren't talking about their golf handicaps; they're talking about the economic shape of the world. They're asking if the euro will survive. They're wondering if America will survive. What will the world look like a year from now?"
The Times imagines Henry Kissinger trying to get into the conference and being met by a reluctant policeman:
- You seem to know an awful lot, mister.
- Of course I do! That's why I'm here. The Bilderberg Group is designed for people who know a lot.
- But you, perhaps, know too much.
- A person cannot know too much, since the more you know, the more you realise how much you don't know. It's a kind of paradox. You see?
- So if you don't know things, why are you here?
Links in full
• Anita Brooks | Independent | What are the Bilderberg Group really doing in Spain?
• Charlie Skelton | Guardian | Bilderberg 2010: Who are the delegates?
• Caroline Baum | Bloomberg Businessweek | PPT's vanishing act
• Iain Hollingshead | Telegraph | The Bilderberg Group: fact and fantasy
• Glenn Beck | Fox News | Have our leaders abandoned common sense?
• Times | Shhh... It's Bilderberg Time