The second in a series of articles investigating the Global Citizen movement. Who will win this race? The corporate world, the banking world or the world's governments? And why is the Pope involved?
The first in a series of articles exploring the many facets of the Global Citizen movement: its aims, the people behind it, the technology to make it happen and the impact it will have on us all.
Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), John McCain (R-AZ) and Angus King (I-ME) sponsored the reintroduction of their bill to bring back the Glass Steagall Act, which would require the banks to split their commercial and investment (gambling) activities.
The Prudential Regulation Authority, the Financial Services Authority successor with responsibility for regulation of banks, has announced a reduction in the levels of savings protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
The Northern Irish Courts are at the forefront of the campaign to prove that the present system of mortgages is based on fraud and is utterly biased in favour of the lenders. It is so biased that the lenders make greater profits if borrowers are foreclosed upon and loose their homes.
Bank of Canada
A landmark Canadian federal appellate-court ruling could conceivably lead to the cancellation of Canada’s debt-based money system, and its repercussions are expected to be felt by central banks around the world.
Bank of England
Yesterday the Bank of England announced its plans for future transparency and accountablity over the setting of interest rates.
Nuclear power station
Yesterday the national grid released a document called "National Grid – Our Role In The Electricity Industry". In it they argued that in the near future they would be unable to properly fulfil their role to balance the supply of electricity across the grid, and that large consumers, such as shops and factories, should be asked to reduce their energy consumption during peak times.
Mitsubishi Financial
The policy of "bail in", where failing banks steal the savings of its depositors as happend in Cyprus, is beginning to be formalised, starting with Japan.
Thompson Reuters at the Grove Hotel
Last Monday, our Malcolm Massey, Neil Foster and Mark Anderson took a post-Bilderberg walk around the Grove Hotel to see what they could see. What they found was a meeting room with a Thomson Reuters display panel. 
Jaime Caruana
Last week the Bank for International Settlements and the IMF both warned about the insanity of continuing the practice of Quantitative Easing.
On November 6, 2012 UK Column live Interviewed Watcyn Richards, a welsh farmer who had been defrauded of nearly £200,000 by Barclays bank by way of fraudulently copying his wife's signature. Following this interview, Guy Taylor, a landlord in Hereford, contacted us after Barclays had tried a similar stunt with him, this time for more than £900,000.
Bradbury Treasury Note
A little known historical fact that will collapse even further the reputation of the City of London.
The main cause of hyperinflation is a massive and rapid increase in the amount of money which is not supported by growth in the output of goods and services. The UK Column has been warning for a number of years now that we are staring hyperinflation in the face. So where is it?
The markets seem to have mostly shrugged off France's loss of its triple-A rating.
We are often told not to kick a man when he is down ...
On the 22nd December last year, the European Central Bank began lending some new money. 523 European banks borrowed €489 billion in one day.
While we wrangle with our respective public or private employers about what pensions we might receive in the future, French pensioners are already having payments withheld.
The Euro cracks under the strain
We could be forgiven for thinking that the Euro crisis has gone away, with so little coverage in the media. Sadly, it's just the calm before the storm.
So Osborne's big idea is out in the open now. It's called "credit easing", and it's not quite what it seems to be.
In order to create the European Union it became necessary for its major proposers and supporters to undermine the democracy of the people. It stole its authority by ignoring the will of the people in various referenda. Now, in order to save its flawed currency, it seeks to make itself immune from the rule of law.
Quantitative Easing
The statements from within the global financial "leadership", and reflected in the mainstream press release mashup squad, have been staggering. There is "already a raging panic around the solvency of the European banking system", wrote the Telegraph's Jeremy Warner, "Most people will find the idea that more than four years after the banking crisis began, the banking system continues to require squillions of public money almost beyond belief".
As predicted, the Bank of England is ready to restart the money printing presses once again, possibly as early as next month.
With typical sophistry, the IMF has announced that the global economy has entered a "dangerous phase", as if it hasn't been in a terminal phase since 2007. They have downgraded their predictions for "growth" and warn that continuing political and economic problems in the USA and Europe could push these regions into a "double dip" recession. Whoopie-doo.
Yesterday's rather pathetic speech by Vince Cable demonstrates once again that British politicians - even those who appear to be critical of the banks - are, in reality, working for them.
Born into a Polish exile family living in London, Former Tory Party member Jan Vincent-Rostowski is currently Finance Minster of Poland. He is utterly pro-Euro and extremely keen to see Poland join the Euro as soon as possible.
JP Morgan Bear Stearns
In January 2007, Bear Stearns was worth $20 billion. By Friday, 14th March, 2008, it was worth $3.5 billion. Three days later, on Monday, 17th March, it was bought by JP Morgan for $236 million.
The UK is not in the firing line, says William Hague. He must have been on drugs or something, because aside from that, he believes that European nations need to "demonstrate to the satisfaction of financial markets the credibility of their own intentions to bring their deficits and debts under control".
In 2008, then South African president Thabo Mbeki’s mother, wrote an open letter to the South African people, severely criticising the nation's political leadership. Published in the Johannesburg Sunday Times, she concluded: "South Africa wake up. Zemk’iinkomo Magwala Ndini! (The cattle are being stolen, you bloody cowards!)"
Past Is Not Prologue Readers of my articles in the UK Column over recent years may have puzzled at the long silence. Without boring you with the details, let it be said that a tactical retreat is not to be confused with capitulation, but part of a wider strategy. Notwithstanding tactics, all that was pertinent with respect to the economic and political situation as it stood at the time my last article went to print, had already been said. It therefore only remained to wait for the next major phase shift in the situation before summoning the inspiration to offer a genuinely new perspective. Such a phase shift has now occurred.
The last forty years have seen record levels of insanity in the financial sector. Drunk on the possibility of "making money", individuals with no thought to the impact on the lives of the real human beings on this planet, have demonstrated a willingness to do anything to make a quick buck. "I wish they'd get this war started," one such person said to me just prior to Blair's invasion of Iraq.
The yields on Irish government debt (specifically 10 year bonds) rose to over 9% on Thursday last week on the rumours that Ireland was needing to go cap in hand to the EU for a further bailout. The Irish government denied this in a fairly carefully worded statement. The result is that yields have fallen back to just over 8% today, although it is generally accepted that if yields head back over 9% again, Ireland will be forced to run out the begging bowl.
The Federal Reserve Bank's announcement of QE2, the second round of American Quantitative Easing, on the 3rd of November, caused a tidal wave of funny money to hit the markets as "investors" decided to place their bets on stocks and commodities. Stock markets around the world climbed by nearly 2% on Thursday, oil broke through $87 a barrel, and a range of other commodities also saw dramatic price increases.
As our troops fight and die oversees, the Tory government is playing out instructions from the supranational banks to force Britain to integrate its military capability with Europee
Britain's banks are bankrupt. We have said it many times. They are trading while insolvent, and in this country at least, that is illegal.
The banks are back in profit, and the bankers can afford a 25% increase in bonuses. So, all's well that ends well, isn't it? Well, isn't it?
Britain is bankrupt. There's no getting around that fact. We have a national debt of over £900 billion and rising. We have a massive black hole in the public pension pot of £1.2 trillion. We have personal debt of £1.5 trillion. That is a total shortfall, today, of £3.6 trillion.
As is usual with a Budget, the media concentrates on the nonsense. Stamp duty, drink, cigarettes and petrol are the things the BBC and the rest report on, ignoring the elephant in the room.
Smarting from a summer of virulently anti-capitalist, anti-globalist, anti-well-just-about-everything sentiment, the Gods of the free market pantheon gathered at a recent half day seminar on the causes of the financial crisis to discuss and debate their preferred solutions amongst friendly (present) company (accepted).
As I write this, in a real sucker punch, the FTSE is up 10% so far today. Hooray, the world is saved! Or not.
Britain is in a state of collapse. That must seem like a redundant statement, since just about everyone recognises it. Things are getting bad enough that even our immigration "problem" seems to be solving itself.
Many people believe that the Bank of England is a privately owned corporation. Many people believe that it's owned by the Rothchilds. Neither of these beliefs is true.
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
The IMF is out of cash. That is, according to the governor of Mexico's Central Bank, Guillermo Ortiz, at this years otherwise absolutely insane Davos economic forum, who said, "The IMF does not have enough money for what is coming."