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July 1995: Daniel, Judas or Pilate?

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The Rt Hon Tony Blair has given an address to editors and managers of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in Australia.  His speech was a mixture of good - "The family is important because it is in the family that self-respect and respect for others are learnt" - and bad - "You cannot legislate for family life." 

As to the occasion itself, many newspapers have played up Labour's previous opposition to the "Murdoch press" of the Times and the Sun, which began memorably at the Wapping dispute.  Mr Blair, a prominent Christian Socialist, has been cast in the role either of Judas, or as Daniel in the lions' den.

Neither of these interpretations is correct.  In 1993, Mr Blair, then only shadow Home Secretary, was a guest of the Bilderberger Group at its annual meeting.  The Bilderberger Group is named after the hotel where a convention of big bankers, financiers, industrialists, politicians and media magnates first gathered at the invitation of Prince Bernard of the Netherlands and Mr Rockefeller to discuss and plan world events.  They have met yearly ever since. 

We do not know what the Bilderbergers decide in their meetings, because they are secret.  We do know that there is a heavy bias towards a One-World Order, big Government, multi-national capitalism, high finance and secular humanism.  It is a safe bet that anything these self-appointed great and good decide will benefit ordinary people, if at all, only by accident.

Edward Heath hinted that the Bilderbergers brought down Mrs Thatcher.  Whether or not that is true, they are a club of the world's wealthiest and most powerful men, looking after their own interests, having a eugenicist view of altruism, knowing what they want and possessing the financial means to bring it about.

Mr Blair's attendance was paid for in total by the Bilderbergers, and declared belatedly by him in 1995 in the register of MPs' interests.  He was only shadow Home Secretary at the time, so things have worked out well with the Bilderbergers.  Mr Andrew Knight, Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man at News International and News Corporation, is on the steering group of the Bilderbergers.  A speech by Mr Blair to N.C. executives was on the cards from the moment he stepped into the Bilderberg conference, and was a certainty as soon as he became Labour leader.