Friday, August 12, 2011

Shadow Elite: Riots & The NHS

Riots are a danger to democracy and scary, but not as scary as these!!!

It looks as though these people are everywhere! The Shadow Elite.

"The new breed of players," writes Wedel, "who operate at the nexus of official and private power, cannot only co-opt public policy agendas, crafting policy with their own purposes in mind. They test the time-honored principles of both the canons of accountability of the modern state and the codes of competition of the free market. In so doing, they reorganize relations between bureaucracy and business to their advantage, and challenge the walls erected to separate them. As these walls erode, players are better able to use official power and resources without public oversight."

The shadow elite clearly knew that the months and months of so-called debate over the issue was nothing more than a charade -- the ultimate outcome never in doubt. The bill was created in the shadows. The public process since then has essentially been like a Hollywood adaptation -- complete with the requisite third act happy ending (or, in the words of our elected officials, a "historic" ending).

"That's a spot-on description of what happened with health care -- as well as a spot-on description of the totally-lacking-in-transparency bailout of the financial system. Remember how the bailout was supposed to take care of not just Wall Street but Main Street? Well, the former ended up with record profits and bonuses while the latter is looking at double-digit unemployment -- and millions of foreclosures and bankruptcies -- for the rest of the year."

Perhaps the decade!                                           

Gerhard Schröder:

As Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder was a strong advocate of the Nord Stream pipeline project, which aims to supply Russian gas directly to Germany, thereby bypassing transit countries. The agreement to build the pipeline was signed two weeks before the German parliamentary election. On 24 October 2005, just a few weeks before Schröder stepped down as Chancellor, the German government guaranteed to cover 1 billion euros of the Nord Stream project cost, should Gazprom default on a loan. Soon after stepping down as chancellor, Schröder accepted Gazprom's nomination for the post of the head of the shareholders' committee of Nord Stream AG, raising questions about a potential conflict of interest.

He is currently the chairman of the board of Nord Stream AG.
"We Are Wall Street" that circulated this spring, directed at Main Street America:
"We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we'll eat that."

The 21st century power brokers -- less stable, less visible, more peripatetic, and more global in reach than their elite forebears -- are potentially more insidious and dangerous to democracy. Their manoeuvrings are largely beyond the reach of traditional monitors. Unlike the rest of us, these players are virtually immune to accountability to voters or government or corporate overseers, because the full range of their activities and their true agendas are more difficult to detect.                                      
Janinie R. Wedel

They are beyond the police or anyone!!! That is scary!!!

Looks like they are here and targeting our much loved 
                    I think there is something fundamentally scary about our 
Because I think people have a sense that the system is rigged, 
and it’s hard to argue that it isn’t.

Michael Lewis: The Big Short

Ex-Blair: Patricia Hewitt: now with Cinven (Bupa Hospitals)

David Bennett is the current head of Monitor (a sort of health FSA!) He is not a medical doctor.
David was a Director at McKinsey & Co. In his 18 years with McKinsey he served a wide range of companies in most industry sectors, but with a particular focus on regulated, technology-intensive industries.

NHS & Monitor: Eggs & Enron.

Councils blamed over Iceland savings

NHS & Monitor: Inside Job & Trojan Horse

Adapted from Monday June 27, 2011.

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