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headed ..."  Rebekah your part of the family now.."..... Rupert Murdoch

James 
Crystal Ball.
Should Murdoch get his hands on bskyb then,the name  "Brooksky" 
 
will come as no surprise to anyone. You only have to look at the photo of Rebekah Brook and Rupert Murdoch to see there's more to it, as the saying goes, A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORD, so i say no more, you decide.
John  Why haven't the police got search warrants for all Murdoch properties and so secured any evidence - are they still on the take ???
NORTH OF THE BORDER 10 hours ago Report Abuse

maya 
the red head must have been sleeping with both dad and son, no wonder her hair is that way
maya
 murkydoc haha i like that name.........

maya 
come on brookes straighten up your hair..

Peter  
  Presumably Rebecca will be arrested and charged -
 she can hardly claim she didn't know


R. Suppards Did you ask your reporters how they managed to get so many scoops over so many years Rupert or, as I suspect, were you only interested in profit at any price?. Furthermore I have a bet that you won't have the guts to tell us.


CARL ALL of these people are in the same Masonic fraternities, that is why the rich tend to get away with murder (literally in some cases).

Kenny what do you expect from a jew or is he a catholic now. their god is money that is why the more you pay for a seat at the synagogue the closer to the front you get , and remember if you are not jewish you are not welcome at their temple. the reason being that they believe only in the old testament and it says that they are the chosen people. that is why they thing they are better than the gentiles.
anonymous you cant say no to israel because they keep bringing your guilty conscience of the holocaust to bare. nthey use that as a sympathetic weapon then they go on their hunt to make their political gains. Most of the banking and media is owned by the jews and they have even infiltrated various areas of american govt - if it was that easy middle east would have wiped out israel in a heart beat - notice how it is one country surrounded by so many muslim countries - seems rather strange doesnt it. The jewish lobby is there to make sure israel stays and the views of all jews are protected. You can't even hold an opinion against them before they attack you as if what they say is the only correct opinion. They don't practice democracy they practice communist ideology - there is no sense of people - it is just them vs everyone else.
Hair Ball Murdochs find a hole,lie in it and die!!!.Save us,the public,a lot of money on this now pending court case. And that other thing,It who knows nothing,LIAR!!! and you know it.Ashamed to call you family.
V for Vendetta  Arrest him as soon as he lands and make sure he can't do a "clean out" It does seem a touch strange that for something of the nature that has occurred at a newspaper, both, brooks and Coulson have both claimed they had no knowledge of these practices.
I suppose I can believe Mrs Brooks as there could be two reasonable explanations as to why she is still in gainful employment while the poor unfortunate muck rakers which are still in this venerable titles employ will loose their jobs....The first of these completely believable explanations is Mrs Brooks must have been busy beating up her husband for the 42nd at this time at this point during their deliriously happy marriage.....
Second completely believable explanation as to why Mrs Brooks is still enjoying gainful employment is she Is,,, Or Has,, Or Promised to,,, shagging one or more of the Rupert household.......!!!!!
Including Ms Rupert...!!!
As for Mr Coulson,,, I just really believe he's just a lying git who will do anything to avoid reprecussions of his actions....!!!
As for ,,, the person sitting in ten Downing st,,, saying he was just giving someone a second chance,,,, 
There are tens of thousands of people in this country who have lost their jobs,, trying to keep a roof over their heads,, trying to feed their families,, will be trying to keep their children warm this coming winter with the increacesd in fuel prices.
What would they give "For a second chance...?????"
And what did he do when he offered this clown from the gutter press a position on his staff even though he was definately aware of the allegations against this prat...???
He believed every word he told him.....!!!
Does not appear checked..!!!
Now it appears we will be getting another Sunday toilet tissue in place of the one that will depart this Sunday,,, and no doubt it will be read avidly by people who's entire existence is based around the Xfactor and who are intellectually challenged by Shaun the Sheep and think Jeremy Kyle is the person who will save this contry from certain doom....!!!!!


not another sheep #
One EVIL @#$% paper down in this zionazis empire now we can take down the SCUM aka the sun this evil paper and its evil staff do not deserve to be bought by the decent people of this country for tooo long you have bought this vile filth thinking it was about democracy now you know its all about creating an evil mind set in us the british public to support evil polices of israel. remember it was a zionist who did this to this nation and it fallen soliders its fallen victims of evil and their familes it was a zionist who embodies everything israel is about. david cameron is in the pocket of this zionist and must be thrown out at the next election
You only have to look at the photo of Rebekah Brook and Rupert Murdoch to see there's more to it, as the saying goes, A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORD, so i say no more, you decide.
John Why haven't the police got search warrants for all Murdoch properties and so secured any evidence - are they still on the take ???

I saw it coming 
One can only hope that murkydoc and brookes will both be detained for questioning in the near future. The fact that an executive is reported to have wiped millions of emails signals the desparation surrounding this disgusting affair. If there was nothing to hide why wipe these files? This may well end up being a farce of knowing full well who's done what, but the available evidence fails to impress the judge and jury.# What a shambles (again). Hopefully the bskyb issue will not go murkydocs way, and that the share price continues to slide. These scumbags only know the financial bottom line, not how to treat workers and public with respect and dignity. They deserve our obsolute contempt.
michael He certainly is here to cover things up. If he meets up with the PM or any other MP then it should be in public and the whole thing recorded There should be no meetings with politicians or police unless those 2 things are guaranteed.
billy will someone jump out and shout BOO at this old criminal, with any luck he will have a stroke. sooner he goes the better. one less criminal in the world is always a good thing


Hugh Rebekah Brooks is teflon coated. It's a common compound associated with a megalomaniac. Of course Murdoch will stick to her, they are both made of the same evil compound. She will still rake in the money from her evil overseer and master.
Mike M   I have never EVER read one Murdoch's papers and now you all know why. That does sound a bit smug, but HAIL to the Guardian for sticking with it and socking it to them. I really hope that BSKYEB falls flat on its face... I have never subscribed to it either. The Murdochs are ceratinly not fit and proper people to run a media empire... the fact that Murdoch funds Fox News speaks for itself... its prurient, zenophobic, rascist, claptrap and untruthfull to boot. If this government allows Murdoch to buy the whole of BSB then all hell will let loos.
Nigel 52 minutes ago Report Abuse Well Brookes the awful slag said herself in that taped meeting, that "In a years time, when it's all come out, everyone here will except this was the right decision". So erm, you know a lot more than your letting on then?! And we all thought Fred Goodwin was a *unt

ROBERT I bet AC & DC meet up with him.Every one of them are corrupt. And when are they going to arrest the bent coppers.

Roma Fri 08 Jul 2011  
Hooray the THREE POWER CRAZY ENORMOUS PIGS are going to tumble! Cameron, Murdock and the Metropolitan police have been rumbled! Good old Prescott the old wolf has helped to blow their power house down! Love from Goldilocks ! I am glad I did not get into their CONCLAVE.They appear to prefer Gingerlocks! I can't bear to read the Times,the Sun and the News OF the World! bI want to go to the LEFT house not the RIGHT house!
LABOURHATER Fri 08 Jul 2011 WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER POWER CRAZY PIGS - MILLIBAND/MILLIBAND & HARMAN! As for Prescott, all he's good for is a bit part in an advert! You need to the NUTHOUSE not the lefthouse!
Crazy H  Rupert Murdoch and his hench men need to be arrested and sent to prison. They took journalism too a sick level. Murdoch and his empire also pressure the UK government to follow a foreign policy drawn up by Israeli think tanks. A Policy that is detrimental to the UK A policy that alienates the UK from other middle eastern countries. Think of the benefit our economy could have if we trade and make good with middle eastern countries; but instead we are forced to make enemies to satisfy the hawks of the Israeli government.. The USA also faces the same problem with Aipac. WE WANT THE ZIONIST ISRAELI LOBBY and media machine TO STOP BLACKMAILING OUR GOVERNMENTS and forcing them to FOLLOW POLICY DRAWN UP MY ISRAEL enforced BY RUPERT MURDOCKS EMPIRE. The politicians fear of they go against there agenda then the press with kill there political career it as simple as that.

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Murdoch: NOTW Closure 'A Collective Decision'

Rupert Murdoch has said the decision to close the News Of The World was "a collective decision", as staff at the Sunday tabloid prepared its last ever edition.

The Sunday tabloid will double its print run to five million in expectation of bumper sales as the 168-year-old newspaper comes to an end.

Mr Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation - the parent company of News International (NI), which publishes the NOTW - made the comments on the final day of a media conference in Idaho.

The 80-year-old is due in London tomorrow on a scheduled visit.

Sky News sources said staff at NOTW were today putting together the tabloid's final edition with "dignity" amid a feeling of "anger and injustice".

On Twitter, the paper's deputy political editor Jamie Lyons wrote: "At my NOTW desk for the last time. Let's go out with a bang".

It is likely editor Colin Myler will lead all his employees out together after the last-ever issue has been put to bed.

Leaving his home this morning, Mr Myler said: "[It's] very sad, but they're a wonderful team of journalists, so they're the people I'm thinking about today."

Later, in a message to staff he said he knew they would "produce a paper to be proud of".

"I could not have been more proud or privileged to have you as my colleagues," he said.

"You have made enormous sacrifices for this company and I want you to know that your brilliant, creative talents have been the real foundation for making the News Of The World the greatest newspaper in the world."

He added: "Let's try to make the most of this incredibly sad but historic day.

"It's not where we want to be and it's not where we deserve to be."

Helen Moss, news and features sub editor at NOTW said emerged from the paper's Wapping site to tell reporters it was "an extremely sad day".

She said: "We're all extremely emotional. But every single one of us working up there today is very proud of working for the News of the World.

"We're very proud of our colleagues, we're very proud of our editor, and we go out with heads held up high.

Earlier, a 63-year-old man - understood be to a private investigator who worked for the tabloid - has been released on bail.

Former NOTW editor Andy Coulson and former royal reporter Clive Goodman were released on Friday night on police bail after being arrested earlier.

Speaking outside his home this morning, Mr Coulson said: "I think this is a very sad day for the News of the World.

"More importantly to the staff who, in my mind, are brilliant, professional people and I really feel for them."

Shares in BSkyB - owner of Sky News - tumbled amid fears over the future of News Corporation's bid for the satellite broadcaster.

By the end of trading on Friday the price of shares had fallen 7.6% to 750p .

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron has come under pressure to name a judge quickly to head the inquiry into phone hacking at the NOTW .

It comes after News International denied reports that police are investigating suspected deletion of emails by an executive.

The Guardian reports Scotland Yard is probing claims that a member of staff deleted "millions of emails" from an internal archive.

Police refused to comment on the allegations but a NI spokeswoman said the assertion was "rubbish". 

"We adopted a documented email retention policy in line with our US parent's records management policy," she said.

"We are co-operating actively with police and have not destroyed evidence."

Meanwhile, NI's chief executive Rebekah Brooks hinted to staff that more revelations were ahead, warning of "another very difficult moment in this company's history".

She met News Of The World employees and defended her decision not to resign, saying she wanted to "fight and get this paper's reputation back".

In a recording of the meeting leaked to Sky News , she appeared to suggest further damaging revelations were ahead and added, "in a year's time every single one of you in this room might come up and say, 'OK, well I see what you saw now'."

After his release from Lewisham police station in southeast London, Mr Coulson said: "There is an awful lot I would like to say, but I can't at this time."

The 43-year-old, former director of communications at Number 10, was released on police bail until October.

Mr Goodman, who was re-arrested by police in connection with alleged police payments, has also been released on bail until October.

The 53-year-old was held after a dawn swoop by officers at his home in Surrey.

Officers conducted a search of his property and his desk at work at the Daily Star Sunday, as well as Mr Coulson's residence.

Mr Goodman was jailed in 2007, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, for phone hacking.

Mr Coulson resigned from Downing Street in January this year, saying the drip-drip of claims about hacking under his editorship was making his job impossible.

The reports concerning Mr Cameron's former spin doctor follow Thursday afternoon's news that this Sunday's edition of the best-selling tabloid is to be its last.

The axe fell on the newspaper after a series of increasingly damaging phone hacking allegations left its reputation in tatters.

The bombshell announcement came as advertisers deserted the paper in droves and police revealed 4,000 people may have had their phones hacked.

The BBC claimed the parents of murdered Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman could have been targets while The Guardian reported murder victim Milly Dowler's phone was also accessed illegally.

The NOTW also stands accused of paying thousands of pounds illegally to corrupt police officers.


Cameron said he gave Coulson a "second chance" after he quit the News of the World

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                 The Hidden History of London Part 2: The Empire of Mammon 13th July, 2012
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In particular, it should be kept in mind that the basis  of the system is usury, where interest is charged for  the loan of this bogus credit. Not only must the  principal be paid back in real wealth – productive  labour or creativity – but added interest. 
Quigley remarks that “in effect, this creation of  paper claims greater than  the reserves available  means that bankers were creating money out of  nothing.” According to Quigley, William Paterson,  having obtained the Royal charter for the Bank of 
England in 1694 remarked, “The Bank hath benefit  of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” 

Quigley pointed out these bankers were  “cosmopolitan and international rather than  nationalistic,” and this, by  the very nature of their  business, is what they remain.  Brooks Adams states that towards the close of the  18th century the boards of The City passed from the  merchants to merchant bankers, “the most  conspicuous example [being] the family of  Rothschild.”

The Rothschilds were interested in commercial  stability, not British imperial expansion. By the time  of the abortive Jameson Raid organised by Rhodes  against the Boer Transvaal Republic in 1895, he  had long ceased to have close and cordial relations  with Natty. Probably he never grasped the fact that,  though the Rothschilds disliked Gladstone’s policy 
of colonial retrenchment, they were not advocates  of unbridled imperialism for its own sake. 
Hence, when a few decades later imperialism  became a hindrance to unbridled international free  trade, the international bankers used the newly  emergent power of the  USA to scuttle the old  European Empires over the course of half a century,  and the oligarchs moved into the power-vacuum of  the new decolonised states. 
Belief in an ‘Anglo-American network’ for world  control is centred around a supposed alliance  between the Royal Institute of International Affairs  (RIIA) and the US globalist think tank, the Council  on Foreign Relations (CFR), founded in the 
aftermath of World War I by the US power elite. 

This is what the biographer Wilson calls the  Rothschilds’ “new, deliberate internationalism”; no  longer constrained by nation-states and imperial  ideals. However, The City re- mains a focus. The  Rothschilds led the way in forging links between 
Tokyo and London. Edmund co-led a delegation  from The City to Tokyo in 1962 and received The 
Order of the Sacred Treasure from Emperor  Hirohito. 
Regardless of these new avenues opened up for  post-war globalisation  and free trade, certain  plutocratic traditions remain features of The City:  the ‘Gold Fixing Room’ at  the Rothschild offices,  New Court, continue to be the place where the 
leading London bullion dealers daily sit around a  table “to agree on the price of gold.” N M Rothschild 
“continues to be the most important bullion dealer”  in Britain. 
Of the “four hundred and eighty banks in the city,”  Rothschild remains supreme.

Whatever might be said  about Wall Street, or the  shift of global political power to Washington and  New York, clearly The City  still holds sway in the  thinking of some of the primary oligarchs of  international finance. 

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The Hidden History of London Part 2: The Empire of Mammon 
Welcome to the Global Watch Weekly Report
In the lead up to the London Olympics for 2012 we are focusing on the true history of the City of 
London. Last week we observed the magical and  esoteric history of London, focusing on the 
magic of Dr Dee and Simon Forman, the rise of the Kabbalah, the occult designs of Wren and 
Hawksmoor, the impact of figures such as Spring-Heeled Jack and the Highgate Vampyre, and 
the rise of occult organizations from the Invisible College to the Golden Dawn.  
However this week our attention turns to the history behind the  wealth of London. During the 
2008 global financial crisis, it was London and New York who were singled out as the main 
culprits in bringing down the global banking system. This Anglo American financial hub is seen 
by many today to be the control center of the new world order, and one which is controlling the 
destiny of the world financial systems. 
In this weeks edition of the Global Watch Edition we take a look at the “City of London”, one of 
the most financially powerful, if not the most financially powerful square mile in the world. This 
historical and intellectual insight will provide you a firm foundation for understanding why London 
is such an important location in the global power politics of the global elite. The City’ – or, ‘The Square Mile’ – refers to the City 
of London Corporation. Together with Wall Street, 

The City forms the hub of the plutocratic system that  controls most of the world, and is presently  engulfing the few remaining states that it does not  control, through the time-proven tactics of 
plutocracy: revolution ostensibly in the name of ‘the  people’. 
Because The City is situated in England, and  because it is often confused with the ancient capital,  London, there has been a lot of obfuscation as to  the character of the plutocratic system that is 
partially based in The City.  
Hence, there has been a great deal stated, even by  the well-informed, in regard to the British Empire  and even the British Crown, being intrinsically a part  of this international oligarchy. This is to 
misunderstand the nature of international capital,  which owes no steadfast loyalty to any system of  government, head of state,  religion, ethos, nation,  ethnicity or culture. Any such allegiance is 
conditional. 

WHAT IS ‘THE CITY’? 
The City of London Corporation is described in its  promotional statements as “the world’s leading  financial centre,” and as “the financial and  commercial heart of Britain, the ‘Square Mile’.” The  
City  of  London is  at   the  heart of  the world’s  financial markets. It is a  unique concentration of  international expertise and capital, with a supportive  legal and regulatory  system, an advanced 
communications and information technology  infrastructure and an unrivalled concentration of  professional services 
Since the demise of the British Empire, worn out by  two world wars that benefited it not a jot, Wall Street  has popularly become identified as the international  financial capital. Again, this is due to the error in  thinking that British imperial interests were  synonymous with international plutocracy, and  because Britain is no longer a world power,  ‘London’ is subordinated to New York. However,  The City of London Corporation is neither  synonymous with Britain nor British interests, other  than when these happen to coincide with the  interests of international finance. That is why, even 
though the British Empire has been defunct for over  half a century, The City remains, in the words of its  promoters, “at the heart  of the world’s financial  markets.” 
Hence while Britain and the Commonwealth has a  symbolic Head-of-State  in the Monarch, the  analogous Head-of-State for The City has  precedence over the British Sovereign. The Lord  Mayor of the City of London Corporation is “not the  Mayor of (Greater) London (presently Boris  Johnson) nor is he a ‘mayor’ in the limited sense of  the word. He assumes the position as ‘Head-ofState’, not merely a borough or a county. This Lord  is elected for one year, and acts as a global  ambassador for the international financial  institutions situated in The City, and is “treated  overseas as  cabinet level Minister.” 
He lives in the palatial 250-year-old ‘Mansion  House’. On state visits the British Monarch waits at  the Gate of The City to seek permission to enter  and is presented with the sword of The City by the 
Lord Mayor  This tradition has been preserved for more than 400  years, and the ceremony now is carried out on  major state occasions where the Queen halts at  Temple Bar to request permission to enter the City  of London and is offered the Lord Mayor’s Sword of  State as a sign of loyalty. 

The present Lord Mayor is David Wootton 
No matter how one rationalises the ceremony as an  ostensible mark of ‘loyalty’ by The City towards the  British Monarch, it is nonetheless the Monarch who  is placed in a subordinated position in seeking  permission for entry and waiting for a symbolic  affirmation of loyalty from The City on each  occasion. 

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE 
It should be kept in mind that ‘international finance’  is exactly that: international; not Dutch, German,  British, or American. Jewish bankers might be loyal  to Judaism or to Israel, and the French Huguenots  who went to London had a religious identity. But  international finance is not bound to the states of its  residence. 

The ‘modern’ financial system did not originate in  Britain, or even in the  Occident. Ezra Pound, the  famous poet who was also an avid opponent of  usury banking and an advocate of Social Credit 
banking reform, traced the premises of the ‘modern’   usurious financial system back to “the loans of seed  corn in Babylon in the third millennium BC.” 
As indicated above, international finance can shift  focus over the world as the requirements of  commerce dictate. As for  the shift of the Money  Power to England, this can be traced to the English 
Civil War, and even to the Reformation, where a  Cromwell was significant in both.  
Thomas Cromwell, Secretary of State, who  “represented the mercantile community,” as distinct  from the traditional landed  interests, urged Henry  VIII to suppress the religious Orders in 1533. 
Brooks Adams states of this in his historical  masterpiece, The Law of  Civilisation and Decay,  that: 

In 1533 Henry’s position was desperate. He  confronted not only the pope and the emperor, but  all that remained  of the old feudal society, and all  that survived of the decaying imaginative age. 
Nothing could resist this combination save the rising  power of centralised capital, and Henry therefore  had to become the mouthpiece of the men who  gave expression to this force. He needed money, 
and money in abundance, and Cromwell rose to a  practical dictatorship because he was fittest to  provide it. Adams details how the era of Henry VIII and the  Reformation was the beginning of the speculative,  capitalistic system. Additionally,  “The sixteenthcentury landlords were a type quite distinct from the  ancient feudal gentry. As a class they were gifted  with the economic, and not with the martial instinct,  and they throve on competition.” 

The expansion of commerce in the wake of the Age  of Exploration, and the formation of the British East   India Company in 1600, five years after the East  India Company in Holland, were symptoms of this historical trend that had already been set in motion  by the Reformation.  
The merchant interests felt  constrained by the Monarchy  and another Cromwell, Oliver,  came forward, like his greatgreat-grand-uncle Thomas, to  radically change England in  the interests of money. The  British Empire was expanding  towards Asia and buccaneering was establishing  fortunes. However, As the city grew rich it chafed at  the slow movement of the  aristocracy, who, timid  and peaceful, cramped it by closing the channels  through which it reached the property of foreigners;  and, just when the yeomanry were exasperated by  rising rents, London began to glow with that energy  which, when given vent, was destined to subdue so  large a portion of the world. Perhaps it is not going  too far to say that, even from the organisation of the  East India Company, the mercantile interest  controlled England. Not that it could then rule alone,  it lacked the power to do  so for nearly a hundred  years to come; but, after 1600, its weight turned the  scale. 

Macaulay has very aptly observed that but for the  hostility of The City, Charles the First would never  have been vanquished, and that, without the help of  The City, Charles the Second could scarcely have  been restored. 

From the middle of the 16th century capital  accumulated, and “the  men adapted to be its  instruments grew to be the governing class.”  
Adams states of the era,   “In 1688, when the momentum of England suddenly  increased, the change was equivalent to the  conquest of the island by a new race.” 
London became the centre of this global  expansionist acquisition, a new Rome, where the  wealth of the world was deposited: 

These hoards, the savings of millions of human  beings for centuries, the English seized and took to  London, as the Romans had taken the spoil of  Greece and Pontus to Italy. What the value of the  
treasure was, no man can estimate, but it must  have been many millions of pounds – a vast sum in  proportion to the stock of the precious metals then  owned by Europeans. 
What Adams calls a regime of merchants ruled  England from 1688 to 1815. The wealth they  accumulated, states Adams, became  the primary  source of power, and it was in the hands of a new 
breed of merchant: the bankers.  
“With the advent of the bankers, a profound change  came over civilisation, for contraction began.” 
The value of money as distinct from the mercantile  concern at the value of  wares was the concern of  the bankers. At the close  of the 18th century “the  great hoards of London” passed into the hands of  the bankers, the “most conspicuous example” being  the Rothschilds. It is here that we see a dichotomy arising between  the old merchant, including the mercantile  adventurers, such as Robert Clive of India to Cecil  Rhodes, and on the other hand, the merchant  bankers epitomised by the Rothschilds. It is here  where the two are often mistaken as forming a  common power elite. 
Dr. Carroll Quigley described the character of  international finance and the  move of its centre to  The City:  
“Financially, England had discovered the secret of  credit. Economically, England had embarked on the  Industrial Revolution.” 

Here we discern immediately a dichotomy operating  within British power-politics: that of usury-based  finance, which is cosmopolitan and parasitic; and  that of the ingenuity of the Englishman and Scott as  inventor and entrepreneur, as creator. It was this  creativity and inventiveness, coupled with the  bravery of the British military and the dedication of  the British administrator,  that was pressed into the  service of parasitic finance, behind the cover of the  British flag and Crown. These two factors at work:  one cosmopolitan and one British, are often  confused as being one and the same. Quigley  continues: 
Credit had been known to the Italians and the  Nether- landers long before it became one of the  instruments of English world supremacy. 
Nevertheless, the founding of the Bank of England  by William Paterson and his friends in 1694 is one  of the great dates in world history. 
Quigley explained, far  more succinctly than  economists, that the basis of the debt finance  system is “fractional reserves.” This method had its  origin in the realisation by goldsmiths that they did  not need to hold the equivalent of gold reserves in  their vaults to the amount of paper certificates  issued representing the value of gold. As there was 
un- likely to be a run on the vault by its depositors  all demand- ing at once the return of their gold  deposits, the goldsmith could issue paper  certificates far in excess of the value of the amount 
of gold in his vaults. 

Fractional reserves remains the method of  international finance, albeit no longer with the need  for gold reserves. 
In particular, it should be kept in mind that the basis 
of the system is usury, where interest is charged for 
the loan of this bogus credit. Not only must the 
principal be paid back in real wealth – productive 
labour or creativity – but added interest. 
Quigley remarks that “in effect, this creation of 
paper claims greater than  the reserves available 
means that bankers were creating money out of 
nothing.” According to Quigley, William Paterson, 
having obtained the Royal charter for the Bank of 
England in 1694 remarked, “The Bank hath benefit 
of interest on all moneys which it creates out of 
nothing.”  The centre of gravity for the merchant bankers had 
long been Amsterdam. The “Republic of the United 
Provinces,” which included Holland, had from the 
start accorded Jews, as the catalysts of incipient 
international free trade, equal protection. 
The establishment of the Bank of England was a 
Protestant affair with anti-Catholic underpinnings. 
From France came the  Huguenots who, like the 
Dutch Sephardim, had established international 
connections through family networks across Europe 
and had also formed a community in The City, by 
the mid 18th century. 
The English Revolution of 1642-1648, which 
established the republican Commonwealth under 
Oliver Cromwell in 1649, enduring under his son 
Richard until 1659, had opened the way for a shift of 
international banking from Amsterdam to London. 
The impetus for British imperial expansion had 
started under Cromwell.  The merchant coterie of Amsterdam, which had 
backed Cromwell, was permitted entry into England. 
Menasseh ben Israel had appealed to Cromwell on 
the grounds of mercantile profitability to any nation 
that gave the Jewish merchant bankers freedom, as 
Amsterdam had done. Menasseh assured Cromwell 
that profit was  the best reason why the merchant 
bankers should be permitted into England: 
Menasseh proceeded with explanations as to why 
this is so, due to the lack of opportunity from the 
time of the Exile, to possess a state of their own and 
to till the land, leading Jews to “give themselves 
wholly unto marchandising.”  
Their dispersion throughout the world enabled them 
to form networks across  borders, to engage in 
commerce, with a common language that 
transcended the linguistic barriers of others. 
While the supremacy of Money in England was set 
in motion by Henry VIII’s Reformation, and the 
English Revolution a century later heralded the 
triumph of the merchant, it was not until the 
usurpation of the Throne by William III of Orange in 
1688, with the deposing of James II, that the Bank 
of England was established. From then on a 
National Debt was owed to the usurers. 
From the time of King  Henry I talley sticks had 
served as the King’s currency. These talley sticks 
were carved sticks broken lengthwise. The 
Chancellor of the Exchequer kept one half, and the 
King spent the other half into circulation, like 
President John F Kennedy did in 1963, when he 
issued $4 billion ‘United States Notes’ directly into 
circulation via the US Treasury, circumventing the 
Federal Reserve Bank. 
Eventually, the two halves would be matched to 
prevent counterfeiting. The talley sticks could be 
used as exchange for commerce and in payment of 
taxes. They circulated in England for 726 years until 
eliminated on the demand of the Bank of England in 
1826. 
Although William was the maternal grandson of 
Charles I, he was born in Holland and destined to 
fulfil the legacy of Cromwell in placing England 
under the bondage of the merchant bankers, then 
centred in Holland. The anti-Catholic sentiment that 
had started under Henry VIII was a catalyst in 
assuring William support in driving James II from 
the Throne. Under William the authority of the  monarchy was reduced, and  that of Parliament 
enhanced. 
The epochal act of William was to grant the Charter 
to William Paterson to establish the Bank of 
England. This acquiescence might be explained by 
William having “heavily borrowed in Amsterdam to 
fight his continental wars.” 
The link between the bankers of Amsterdam and of 
London was maintained even into the 19th century, 
and by the mid 18th century there was a 
considerable colony formed in the City by the scions 
of the Amsterdam banking families. 
The idea for the Bank of England came from the 
example of the Wisselbank, founded in 1609 which, 
according to the Bank of England’s account, was 
the lender to the City of Amsterdam, the Province of 
Holland and the Dutch East India Company, 
exercising a monopoly over state borrowing and 
coinage. The move to establish such a bank in 
England gained momentum  “after the Glorious 
Revolution of 1688 when William of Orange and 
Queen Mary jointly ascended the throne of 
England.”  The political economist Sir William Petty wrote that 
the power of England would be magnified if there 
were a bank to lend the Throne credit. He did not 
explain why it could not be a state bank issuing its 
own credit, and had to be a private bank accruing 
interest on credit that it makes out of nothing, as its 
founder, William Paterson, ex- plained. According to 
Petty such a bank would “furnish Stock enough to 
drive the Trade of the whole Commercial World.”
The Bank of England explains that after the 
rejection by Parliament of several proposals the 
bank and a “Fund for Perpetual Interest” were 
accepted, having gained support from The City on 
recommendation by Michael Godfrey, “a leading 
merchant.” 
In 1734 the Bank of England moved into a ‘vast’ 
purpose built building, nicknamed ‘The Old Lady of 
Thread needle Street’, in The City. It was from the 
founding of the Bank of England that “the funded 
National Debt was born.” 
The present-day description of credit by the Bank of 
England is quite illuminating. The Bank’s historical 
account states that at the time credit was called 
“imaginary money.” Until then ‘the man in the street’ 
had simply thought of money as coins, but this 
‘shibboleth’ was now overturned. Money could take 
other forms “that had no intrinsic value.” “The 18th 
century was a period dominated by governmental 
demand on the Bank for finance: the National Debt 
grew from £12 million in 1700 to £850 million by 
1815, the year of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo.” 
In 1946 the Bank was ‘nationalised’, but as in the 
nationalisation of other such banks, such as New 
Zealand’s Reserve Bank in  1936, this means little, 
as the real authority comes from the creation of 
credit by the international merchant bankers. 
However, as the Bank’s account states, in 1997 the 
Government formally handed its financial authorities 
over to the Bank and it “thus rejoined the ranks of 
the world’s ‘independent’ central banks.” 
The purpose of these ‘central banks’, which the 
general public believes are controlled by 
governments, was to bring into their financial 
network the provincial bank- ing  centres…  to  form  
all  of  these into a single financial system on an  international scale which manipulated the quantity 
and flow of money so that they were able to 
influence, if not control, governments on one side 
and industries on the other. The men who did this 
aspired to establish dynasties of international 
bankers. The centre of the system was in London, 
with major offshoots in New York and Paris, and it 
has left, as its greatest achievement, an integrated 
banking system. 
ROTHSCHILDS: 
LORDS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE 
From the establishment  of the Rothschild banking 
dynasty in England by Nathan M Rothschild, The 
City becomes synonymous with that dynasty. 
Further still, these suddenly ‘British’ Rothschilds 
become ‘British’ imperialists in the manner a 
chameleon changes his colour according to survival 
needs. It is the insinuation of the Rothschilds into 
the British power-structure that has generated much 
discussion of a ‘British’ imperial conspiracy centred 
around Cecil Rhodes and Alfred Milner, and the socalled ‘Round Table Group’ that they founded to 
extend British influence throughout the world. It is 
further frequently claimed this emerged as an ‘Anglo
-American’ power axis 
Many cite Harvard historian Dr. Carroll Quigley, who 
had access to what were presumably the papers of 
the Council on Foreign  Relations had some 
pertinent things to say about both the Rothschilds 
and the “international system  of control” that was 
developing. 
Quigley stated that one of the primary reasons the 
centre of international finance shifted to London was 
because the British upper class, which was not as 
rooted in noble birth as in money, “was quite willing 
to recruit both money and ability from lower levels of 
society and even from outside the country, 
welcoming American heiresses and centralEuropean Jews to its ranks.”  This allowed the power structure to take on a 
cosmopolitan flavour. (We might note this 
vulgarisation of the English ruling-class seems to 
have begun during the time of Henry VIII). 
Quigley described the development of the financial 
network by the international bankers into a world 
control system, and the assumption of the Roths- 
child dynasty to 
primacy: 
In time they brought into their financial  network the 
provisional banking centres, organised as  
commercial banks and savings banks, as well as 
insurance  companies. The greatest of these 
dynasties, of course, were the descendants of 
Meyer Amschel Rothschild whose male 
descendants, for at least two generations, generally 
married first cousins or even nieces.  
Rothschilds five sons, established at branches in 
Vienna, London, Naples, and Paris, as well as 
Frankfort, cooperated together in ways which other 
international banking dynasties copied but rarely 
excelled. 
Quigley pointed out these bankers were 
“cosmopolitan and international rather than 
nationalistic,” and this, by  the very nature of their 
business, is what they remain. 
Brooks Adams states that towards the close of the 
18th century the boards of The City passed from the 
merchants to merchant bankers, “the most 
conspicuous example [being] the family of 
Rothschild.”  Mayer Amschel had established his fortune by 
handling the financial affairs of William IX of HesseKassel, who had been paid well by the British 
Government for supplying troops against the 
American revolt. At the time Amsterdam had been 
the capital of international banking, but the 
Napoleonic invasion of Holland had led to the 
closing of the Amsterdam Bourse, “the leading 
Continental exchange.” Mayer Amschel and several 
others were situated to  provide William IX with 
funds. 
Additionally, in 1800 Mayer Amschel had become 
Imperial Crown Agent for the Emperor of Austria. 
He was what Derek Wilson described as “one of the 
first of a new breed of businessmen – the truly 
international merchant banker.” Wilson states that 
for centuries the Jews had played a prominent part 
in “long distance commerce” due to their communal 
loyalty with which they were able to create a 
“commercial sub-culture.” However, they were 
reliant on the patronage  of rulers. Now, the 
revolutionary tumult in Europe had swept away 
traditional rulers and placed money on a footing of 
power. 
In 1798 Nathan Rothschild set up shop in England 
and in 1806 he became a “naturalised Englishman.” 
The Rothschilds were backing the coalition against 
Napoleon, who was upsetting the Continental 
system of finance. In 1808  Nathan took over the 
financial affairs of the  Landgrave William IX in 
England. That year he moved his business to 12 
Great Helen’s Street, The City, under the name of N 
M Rothschild and Brothers.   With agents throughout Europe, the Rothschilds 
were valuable allies in organising smugglers and 
couriers in the war against Napoleon. By now, on 
the initiative of Nathan Rothschild, “the nerve centre  
of Rothschild operations had shifted From Frankfurt 
to London.” 
Wilson reiterates that  through Nathan’s family and 
his “large network of agents and couriers he was 
better informed about European affairs than any 
man in London – including members of the 
government.” 
Wilson is altogether too charitable in ascribing 
‘patriotic’– British – motives to Nathan, in contrast to 
what he frankly says about the lack of national 
‘patriotism’ among the other Rothschild brothers 
toward anything other than “loyalty and 
responsibility to the Chosen People.” 
Rather, Nathan and the rest of the dynasty were 
assisting in the fight against Napoleon because the 
upstart was undermining the financial system. 
Quigley explains that the credit creation mechanism 
developed by the international bankers, as 
previously described, was to become one of the 
chief weapons in the victory over Napoleon in 1815. 
“The emperor, as the last great mercantilist, could 
not see money in any but concrete terms, and was 
convinced that his efforts to fight wars on the basis 
of ‘sound money’, by avoiding the creation of credit, 
would ultimately win him a victory by bankrupting 
England.” 
Hence, the war against Napoleon was in part a war 
between two systems of economics involving the 
reorganisation of Europe. 

  THE BRITISH EMPIRE& CECIL RHODES 
The theory of the ‘Anglo-American’ network written 
about by Quigley has become a hallmark of 
understanding the financial powers today. The basis 
of these theories centres on Lord Rothschild being 
the banker to Cecil Rhodes. The theory states that 
Lord Natty Rothschild was part of Rhodes’ secret 
society, the Round Table Groups, that aimed to 
spread the benevolence of British imperialism over 
the world.  These imperial ideals were said to be motivated by 
the teachings of the Oxford art historian John 
Ruskin who exhorted his students to take British 
culture to the ends of  the Earth. While Lord 
Rothschild saw the Empire as the means by which 
commerce could be spread and maintained by force 
of arms, the support was pragmatic, and owes 
nothing to a commitment to any British ideals as 
envisaged by Rhodes et al. Derek Wilson writes of 
this in relation to Lord Rothschild’s op- position to 
Gladstone’s ‘flabby’ foreign policy: “But Lord 
Rothschild was not an unbridled expansionist. This 
is clearly shown by his relationship with a man who 
was an unbridled expansionist – Cecil Rhodes.” 
When diamonds were discovered in South Africa, 
the Rothschilds bought into the Anglo-African 
Diamond Mining Company Ltd., which was 
amalgamated with DeBeers. In 1887 Rhodes 
returned from South Africa to Britain to ask Lord 
Rothschild for financial  backing. Lord Rothschild 
saw this as the means of establishing commercial  
stability in South Africa against their main rival, the 
Barnato Diamond Mining Company, which also 
ended up merging with DeBeers. 
For Rhodes, making money was a means of 
spreading British imperial ideals. Not so for 
Rothschild, although Rhodes persuaded himself 
Natty was of like mind.  
“He was actually wrong. Lord Rothschild was not an 
unreserved imperialist, as Rhodes gradually 
discovered.” In 1888 Rhodes made a will 
nominating Natty to administer most of his estate for 
funding The Round Table Groups. Wilson writes: 
In response to Rhodes’ suggestion that company 
funds be used to finance territorial expansion, his 
banker advised: “if… you require money to finance 
territorial expansion, you will have to obtain it from 
other sources than the cash reserves of the 
DeBeers Company.” And Rhodes cannot have been 
very pleased to learn, in 1892, that Rothschilds had 
floated a loan for the Boer government of the 
Transvaal. 
The Rothschilds were interested in commercial 
stability, not British imperial expansion. By the time 
of the abortive Jameson Raid organised by Rhodes 
against the Boer Transvaal Republic in 1895, he 
had long ceased to have close and cordial relations 
with Natty. Probably he never grasped the fact that, 
though the Rothschilds disliked Gladstone’s policy 
of colonial retrenchment, they were not advocates 
of unbridled imperialism for its own sake. 
Hence, when a few decades later imperialism 
became a hindrance to unbridled international free 
trade, the international bankers used the newly 
emergent power of the  USA to scuttle the old 
European Empires over the course of half a century, 
and the oligarchs moved into the power-vacuum of 
the new decolonised states. 
Belief in an ‘Anglo-American network’ for world 
control is centred around a supposed alliance 
between the Royal Institute of International Affairs 
(RIIA) and the US globalist think tank, the Council 
on Foreign Relations (CFR), founded in the 
aftermath of World War I by the US power elite.  Soon after World War II the Rothschilds increased 
their focus on Wall Street, and their hitherto 
relatively small Amsterdam Incorporated was 
reformed as an investment bank named New Court 
Securities, its share capital being taken up by the 
Rothschild banks in Paris and London.  
Where hitherto the Rothschilds had mainly been 
concerned with negotiating loans with states, they 
were now involved in the rapid post-war expansion 
of Western commerce and industry, freed up by the 
destruction of the old empires, and the inauguration 
of a new era of international financial agreements, 
formalised by the Bretton Woods Agreement. 
This is what the biographer Wilson calls the 
Rothschilds’ “new, deliberate internationalism”; no 
longer constrained by nation-states and imperial 
ideals. However, The City re- mains a focus. The 
Rothschilds led the way in forging links between 
Tokyo and London. Edmund co-led a delegation 
from The City to Tokyo in 1962 and received The 
Order of the Sacred Treasure from Emperor 
Hirohito.  Regardless of these new avenues opened up for 
post-war globalisation  and free trade, certain 
plutocratic traditions remain features of The City: 
the ‘Gold Fixing Room’ at  the Rothschild offices, 
New Court, continue to be the place where the 
leading London bullion dealers daily sit around a 
table “to agree on the price of gold.” N M Rothschild 
“continues to be the most important bullion dealer” 
in Britain. 
Of the “four hundred and eighty banks in the city,” 
Rothschild remains supreme. 
LONDON: CAPITAL OF  THE WORLD 
However, other avenues for profit besides the 
traditional dealings in gold bullion are emerging. 
The one for our era is credits for greenhouse 
emissions, and with this profit also comes new 
schemes for world control. 
In 2008 Simon Linnett, Executive Vice Chairman of 
N M Rothschild, wrote a policy document on the 
issue. Linnett defines “greenhouse emissions” as 
the new form of “social market.” He states that while 
it must be free trade that operates in defining the 
value of the carbon emission exchange, what is 
required is an “international  institution.” He writes 
that “such a market has to be established on a 
world basis coordinated by an international 
institution with a constitution to match.” Linnett 
frankly states that this involves a “new world order”: 
That, perhaps, it might be regarded as having wider 
benefits than merely ‘saving the planet’ – perhaps it 
might be the basis of a new world order 
Of various methods suggested to limit carbon 
emissions, carbon trading is held by Linnet to be the 
most effective. Implicit  in the various measures, 
including funding new technology and changing the 
consumption habits of individuals is, “that nations 
have to be prepared to subordinate, to a certain 
extent, some of their sovereignty to this world 
initiative.” 
“When countries are already foregoing the right of 
direct control over monetary policy through the 
creation of independent central banks, this could be 
a relatively small price to pay for such inclusion.”  The system being proposed by Linnett, in the cause 
of “saving the planet,” is  the consolidation of the 
international banking system under a central 
authority. Linnett states that the European nations 
have already ceded their sovereignty to the 
European Union; the next  step being, “to yield 
sovereignty to a bigger world body on carbon 
trading.” 
“If such a route map could be found, then perhaps 
we might be at the beginning of a new world 
constitution and a new world order.” 
The world authority that Linnett proposes he calls 
the World Environment Authority (WEA). This would 
be based in what he calls a “world city.”  Linnett 
suggests that this “world city” should be London, 
The City, due to it being  “a world financial centre 
(possibly ‘the’ world financial centre).”  Whatever might be said  about Wall Street, or the 
shift of global political power to Washington and 
New York, clearly The City  still holds sway in the 
thinking of some of the primary oligarchs of 
international finance. 





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Another famous occultist of the 20th century was Dion Fortune, who left Alpha et Omega and joined another Golden Dawn derivative, the Stella Matutina (Morning Star), a group originally known as the Mystic Rose or Order of the M R in the Outer. Fortune left because she feared she was under psychic attack, and proceeded to write the definitive book on psychic and occult protection. In 1924 she formed her own cult, the Fraternity of the Inner Light, which met in Primrose Hill.

In 1960 the French poet and occultist Jean Cocteau, an alleged Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, visited the Church of Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square. Here, he created a mural (centre left) dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which features a Black Sun and references layer upon layer of veiled knowledge.

The year 2000 came and went, with the only homage to the millennium being the creation of a ‘dome’ (now called the ‘O2’), which was nestled in one of the curvatures of the serpent Thames.

However, the previous year, 1999, had seen the creation of an even more esoterically potent edifice, the London Eye.
This huge, slow-moving Ferris wheel amusement ride stands majestically on the banks of the
Thames. The structure dominates the landscape, recalling many occult circular symbols, from the zen -like concepts of completeness and wholeness, to the brutal death of heretics upon the Catherine Wheel.

It also includes a brazen Masonic compass in its centre, as well as being named after another ancient occult symbol, the all-seeing eye.
The ‘Eye’ became a powerful part of the landscape in a very short period of time and one that is colourfully lit during special occasions, such as New
Year’s Eve.
Fast forward to 2012 and the London Olympics, whose logo inexplicably resembles the word ‘Zion’ and whose stadium sits amidst symbolically named
streets. One wonders how much invisible influence occult powers may have in Parliament.
The foundations of London’s occult traditions run wide and deep and represent a microcosm of the esoteric tradition the world over. If history is any indication, it is unlikely these traditions will fade any time soon, although they may move underground, much the same as London’s forgotten rivers, in order to survive.
In next weeks edition of the Global Watch Weekly we will continue to delve into the hidden mysteries of London as we take a deeper look at the City of
London as the financial capital of the world.



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When London was chosen to host the Olympics for 2012 it put the capital of the United Kingdom back into the spotlight.

Yet London, more than any other city, has a secret history concealed from view. 

Behind the official façade promoted by the heritage industry, lies a city of esoteric traditions and obscure institutions, of lost knowledge and hidden locations.
Encompassing a historical panorama from the Elizabethan age to the present day, when one peels back the history of London we are introduced to the magic of Dr Dee and Simon Forman, the rise of the Kabbalah and the occult designs of Wren and Hawksmoor. Elsewhere we meet figures such as Spring-Heeled Jack and the Highgate Vampyre, and occult organizations from the Invisible College to the Golden Dawn.
In the run up to the Olympics for the next 3 weeks, we will be focusing on London and its secret origins, as one of the most, if not the most powerful capital in the world.

London has been inhabited for thousands of years and the diversity of its settlements has resulted in a rich, if not peculiar, collection of occult traditions.
The earliest humans hunted here over four hundred thousand years ago. While a rich abundance of wildlife and a strategic riverside base would have attracted many different colonies of people, one wonders how the ancients truly saw their landscape, and how many were drawn here due to the distinctive snake-like curvature of the River
Thames.
The serpent is one of the oldest occult symbols, representing many esoteric concepts, including duality, good and evil, and harmony with the earth.
Thanks to the wonders of technology, an image of the serpent in the form of the winding Thames has been broadcast daily to millions of viewers across the globe for nearly three decades, courtesy of the television programme Eastenders, whose opening credits feature the unique landscape from the air.
Like other ancient settlements in Europe, London was inhabited by megalithic societies who
constructed stone circles and burial mounds. The Iron Age introduced more sophisticated settlements and hill forts which, sadly, can only really be appreciated today by aerial photography. These include settlements at Wimbledon Common, Heathrow and the present-day Houses of Parliament, to name a few.
Urbanisation has all but erased the megalithic footprint of London, but some remnants, such as Primrose Hill, with its curious burial mound and breathtaking views of London, remain. In fact, Primrose Hill would become a haunt of occultists William Blake and Dion Fortune, amongst others, and plans, albeit later aborted, would be made to
construct a colossal pyramid burial complex on top of the hill, complete with over five million honeycomb-shaped tombs.
There is considerable evidence for occult practices having occurred in London in ancient times: beeswax effigies, thought to be five thousand years old, have been found in the Thames, representing man’s attempt at harnessing occult powers via shamanism and many stylised Bronze Age swords have also been discovered in the Thames,
suggestive of votive offerings to Celtic deities.
Similarly, albeit over a thousand years later, a golden-horned, apparently ceremonial Viking helmet was discovered in the Thames, near Water- loo.
The amazing artefact is unique in Europe and appears to reinforce the occult tradition of London’s ancestors and their reverence for the serpentine
river.
The Trojan leader Brutus established a city here in 1100 BCE and named it Troia Nova, or Trinovantum. Later, the 1st-century BCE King Lud renamed it Caer Lud, which evolved into Caerlundein, Londinium and finally London. It is said that giants lived in London in Brutus’s day and that he captured two, Gog and Magog, and
employed them as porters at the gate of his palace.
Brutus is also associated with another legend, the London Stone, a curious rock of which little is known for certain. Some say it came from Troy, others believe it was a druid stone or even the stone from which Arthur extracted Excalibur.
A medieval proverb states, “So long as the stone of Brutus is safe, so long shall London flourish.” William Shakespeare wrote about the stone and,
intriguingly, many believe that his plays were actually written by Francis Bacon or Christopher Marlowe, both of whom were esoterically connected. Another London occultist, William Blake, wrote of the London Stone in his poem, Jerusalem (1820): “At length he sat on London Stone and heard Jerusalem’s voice.” Clearly, the relic once cast a magical spell on the city. Sadly, it is now embedded in an abandoned building across from Cannon Street Tube Station, its former glory but a distant memory.

HAIL THE ROMANS

The arrival of the Romans marked a significant milestone in the evolution of London’s occult tradition and in 54 BCE Julius Caesar and his men crossed the Thames in West London, signalling the new era. The Romans were especially threatened by the Druids, who, according to Caesar, were involved in divine worship and human sacrifice,
including the burning of prisoners, or even innocents, in ‘wicker men’.
Sure enough, London’s native tribes appear to have paid homage to their gods for protection from the Romans, as indicated by a decorative bronze shield with inlaid coloured glass found in the Thames near Battersea that dates to this time.
The original inhabitants of London were incredibly resilient and fought bravely to maintain their cultural identity. One hundred years later Queen Boudica sacked the city and soundly, if not brutally, defeated the Romans in retaliation for the rape of her daughters and the killing of the Druids; but the
Romans would soon avenge this attack and all but extinguish the Druids and their largely oral occult traditions.
The Roman invasion changed the landscape, language, culture and thought process of native Britons forever.
There are many museum exhibits in London that document these changes via artefacts and re-creations. From an occult perspective there was a less tangible, but no less fundamental, change in consciousness starting to take place: the introduction of Mithraism, and the theology of ‘as above, so below’.

Not much is known of this ancient mystery school, other than it involved Mithras, the Roman God of Light, but we do know that it also involved the ritualistic slaughter of bulls and included a sevengrade system of initiation. Like the Masonic rituals that would be conducted some fifteen hundred years later in London’s Grand Lodge, Mithraism
included ritual meals and a secret handshake.

The Romans conducted their rituals in underground temples called mithraea, and several of these evocative temples have been discovered in London, including one remarkable 60-feet long, 26-feet wide temple beneath the now underground River Wallbrook.   The origins of Mithraism are uncertain, although it is known to have been popular amongst Roman soldiers, most likely because it provided a comforting framework for the afterlife, and understandably so.

In their profession a premature death was almost inevitable.

The cult is thought to be Roman or Persian in origin and the name ‘mi-it-ra’ has been found inscribed in a 1400 BCE peace treaty between the Hittites and the kingdom of Mitanni in Northern Syria. This is interesting, for both regions have a rich tradition of bull veneration and each was contemporary with Dynastic Egypt, where I believe
the tradition of Mithraism originated. In Egypt, the slaughter of Apis (‘bee’ in Latin) bulls resulted in 1,000 souls, represented as bees, being born out of the body of the dead bull.

The occult tradition of bull slaughter, which is referenced in the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh and the Egyptian Opening of the Mouth ceremony, commemorates
what the ancients observed in the constellation of Taurus: a hunter killing a bull with distinctive marks (3 stars) on its forehead, just as the Apis bull has distinctive marks on its forehead.

I believe London’s adoption of the occult tradition of ‘as above so below’ can also be found in the legend of King Arthur, whom every Celtic nation claims as their own,
most notably England. In a recent documentary on King Arthur that I presented for the National Geographic Channel,

I expressed my belief, much to the producer’s chagrin, that the ambiguity around Arthur’s origins is due to the fact that he never existed.

Rather, he was an archetypical hero, who lived in the constellation of Ursa Major, known as the ‘Great Bear’, meaning Arthur. Man would have observed the Big Dipper, which resembles a platter (the object that was considered to be the Grail in the first complete account) rotating around the Pole Star, promising to return, sounds very much like the Fisher King. And, of course, Arthur fought twelve battles and there were twelve knights of the ‘round’ table; one for each of the twelve constellations perhaps? Was the legend of King Arthur just another archetype, much like Mithraism?

THE ARRIVAL OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
The Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem was founded in 1099, shortly after the First Crusade. Less than fifty years later they established their headquarters at the Priory in Clerkenwell, the remains of which are now a museum. Across town, the Knights Templar established a base in High Holborn, in a Roman temple once revered by
Hugues de Payens. The Knights Templar out- grew their headquarters and built Temple Church between Fleet Street and the River Thames, a round church based on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In keeping with their power elsewhere in Europe, the Order installed the Master of Temple Church in Parliament, thus ensuring that
their powerful occult views would become part of the nation’s legislature.

The land between Fleet Street and the Thames was owned by the Knights Templar and divided into Outer Temple and Middle Temple, with Temple Church serving as Inner Temple.

Each existed above the covered-up River Fleet and, in occult tradition, an underground stream provides di-vine augmentation to rituals and spiritual attainment.

Come the middle of the 19th century the tale of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, began to emerge. The gory urban myth appears to be without historical merit, causing some to speculate that the legend of a serial killer in the vicinity of the Templar precinct may be a memory of former ritual sacrifices. Today a dragon guards the entrance to Temple Bar and reminds one of the esoteric traditions once practiced there.

Despite the recent Hollywood movie starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, the legend of Sweeny Todd has largely been superseded by one that took place half a century later, in 1888, when a serial killer by the name of Jack the Ripper murdered five women, forming a 5-sided pentagram in the process and removing their organs along the
way, including, in some instances, their hearts.  Ritual killings continue in London, and the river Thames continues to be the depository for the ritual remains of victims. In recent years the analysis of limbless torsos discovered in the Thames has prompted authorities to suspect ritual murder and superstition as the reason for the crimes. This is not a new tradition in London. The nursery rhyme, ‘London Bridge is falling down’, is said by English Myths and Legends author Henry Bett to be the folk
memory of the ancient practice of human sacrifice at the building of a bridge.

SUMMONING THE SPIRIT WORLD

A belief in the occult appears to have helped London achieve prosperity during periods of pending adversity. Dr. John Dee (1527-1608), who used a crystal ball and scrying mirror to guide Queen Elizabeth through one of the most challenging eras in British history, is perhaps the most renowned example

But there are many other examples of occult traditions in the court of the king and queen. Take, for example, the peculiar tale of King Charles II (1630-1685), who presented his mistress, a resident of West London, with a griffin. The dog-like figure with wings fell into a local river, survived and ended up in the Thames, near the point at which Caesar
had crossed. It was later paired with a second griffin that Joseph Banks, a scientist who accompanied Captain Cook on his voyages, had brought backfrom an exotic island in the Pacific Ocean. The account leads us to believe that the griffin may have been a real animal, which multiplied before fading from history, only to be seen once more in the
1980s, and on multiple occasions by various upstanding citizens of West London. Charles II also domesticated the ravens at the
Tower of London, a tradition summed up as follows:
“If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.” The belief appears to stem from the legend of the Celtic god, Brân the Blessed, whose name means ‘Blessed Raven’ in Welsh and who was killed in an otherwise
successful battle against an adversary, the Irish King, Matholwch. Brân’s head was buried beneath the spot where the Tower now stands, facing France as a talisman against further foreign invaders. Could the legend of the griffin and the raven somehow be related?

Henry VIII (1491-1547) created a religious revolt with great consequence when he severed ties from Rome in an act known as the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Given the many cathedrals and orders that were subsequently trans- formed into ruins, any number of different sects could have been culpable of the act of desecration that awaited the king after his death. On his way from London to Windsor, where he would be buried, the King’s funeral procession rested overnight at Syon Abbey in West London. In the morning it was discovered that wild dogs had ripped open his casket and ravaged his body, leading some to speculate that the attack was a
deliberate act of revenge enacted by a member or group of individuals from one of the aggrieved monastic orders he had defied.

PHOENIX RISING
The Great Fire of 1666 devastated London, destroying over 13,000 buildings. What is less widely known, however, is that occult beliefs prevented an otherwise manageable outbreak from being extinguished. This is confirmed by first-hand accounts of Londoners whose belief in the Blackberry Under the Spotlight prophecies of Mother Shipton and Nostradamus, each of whom was thought to have predicted the catastrophic fire, led them to feel disempowered and unworthy of extinguishing the fire and thus
saving the city from its destiny.
Out of the ashes came a vision of a New Jerusalem, masterminded by the Freemason and architect, Christopher Wren, who drew on the occult traditions of the Kabbalah, and the tree of life in particular, in addition to the sacred geometry of the Old Testament.
Wren reintroduced the hallowed number of 2,000 cubits, or roughly 2/3 of a mile, which represented the distance from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem (the furthest a Jew was allowed to walk during the Sabbath), and proposed that many of London’s newly-constructed buildings be set 2,000 cubits apart.

Foremost amongst Wren’s impressive, occult inspired designs is Saint Paul’s Cathedral, which not surprisingly is aligned 2,000 cubits from Temple Bar to the West and 2,000 cubits from St Dunstan’s in the East. Miraculously, the stunning edifice survived the bombings of a world war, and it is no wonder that Prime Minister Winston Churchill
addressed his staff each morning with the pensive question; “Is Saint Paul’s still standing?” Poignantly, Saint Paul’s is where Wren is buried. Fortunately for all, the fabulous monument still stands like the esoteric beacon it was always intended to be.

Other buildings erected after the fire, such as the Monument and Nelson’s Column, were either designed with occult-inspired dimensions or aligned to the solstices. Further, Wren’s student Nicholas Hawksmoor followed in the occult tradition by placing Egyptian obelisks on top of churches, forming, in the estimations of some, a pentagram on
the ground across London. The tradition of creating buildings with occult dimensions had been reborn and continued in later periods of development, such as the nude, winged statue of Anteros, the Greek avenger God of requited love, erected in Piccadilly Circus in 1892, and which was originally orientated in the direction of Parliament, presumably to send ‘love’ and to produce greater synergies within government.

King George III (1738-1820) was a remark- able man and one of England’s many occult- minded kings. In 1769 George III anxiously awaited the completion of an alchemist observatory in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. In commissioning the work, George III was creating his personal observatory and meridian, despite the fact that the official and Royal Observatory and merdian, the naval of the country, had been established in Greenwich a hundred years earlier. The King was Blackberry Under the Spotlight passionate about astronomy and instructed his architect, the renowned occultist Sir William Chambers, to complete the work in time to view the transit of Venus, which occurred that year on 3rd June.

Meridians have existed since ancient times. While the placement of a meridian is arbitrary, its function is quite specific: to project an imaginary line across earth’s surface, stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole, esoterically connecting all locations within a given longitude. In the case of George III, he projected his own meridian straight down the serpentine Thames, a stunning riverside landscape, rich in history and renowned for its visionary inhabitants, innovators such as J M W Turner, Alexander Pope, James Thompson, Horace Walpole, David Garrick and William Hogarth, to name a few. The Meridian was special, for it intersected sacred sites along the way, which were
part of what George envisaged as a new Arcadia; a diamond in the rough – a paradise amidst the urban chaos of London.

DAWN OF OCCULTIST

Arguably the greatest spiritual explorer of the 18th century, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1722), hailed from Stockholm, but spent much of his time in London. He eventually moved to Well close Square  a former hotbed of esoteric notables, including Rabbi Falk, ‘The Ba’al Shem of London’.

Also in the 18th century the London-born poet, painter and esotericist William Blake (1757-1827) became one of a long tradition of writers whose work may need to be reconsidered in the context of a recent discovery; not a temple, book or artefact, but a portal, supposedly concentrated in the garden of Saint Marylebone Church.

The portal is said by modern occultists to be a stargate to an alternative dimension and consciousness, accessible only by initiates. The socalled energy field/cosmic doorway is said to stretch all the way to Primrose Hill, which is precisely the expanse of land that Blake was writing about in his epic poem, Jerusalem. Lord Byron was born in the
church; Francis Bacon was married there, as were Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. Lord Nelson had his daughter christened at the church and
Charles Dickens lived but a short distance away. May each have drawn on the occult energy of the portal to enhance their art?

As the 20th century neared, London became esoterically linked to ancient Egypt and other sacred cities, when an obelisk from the ancient capital of Heliopolis was installed on the south bank of the Thames. Like Rome and Paris before it, and New York shortly thereafter, London now possessed one of the most highly charged artefacts in the ancient
tradition, an Egyptian obelisk; a powerful talisman to the sun god.

Cleopatra’s Needle, as the London obelisk is known, is flanked by two replica sphinxes that appear to guard the ancient structure. In fact, sphinxes adorn the whole of London’s Embankment, including armrests on the benches along the Thames. In 1917, during World War I, a bomb from a German air raid landed near the obelisk, but, inexplicably, produced no real damage.

Had the sphinx protected London from a disastrous fate?

Come World War II an urban myth arose in which British witches were said to have gathered to assist Winston Churchill in deterring Hitler from advancing on Britain. Given the occult traditions of London at this time, who is to say that the witches did not play their part in the war effort?

The Victorians were obsessive about all matters of the supernatural and the legend of Spring-Heeled Blackberry Under the Spotlight Jack, the Bogeyman of London, persisted
throughout the reign of Queen Victoria. It is said that the creature could walk through walls, had a pointed nose and ears and fiery eyes. Half a century or so later the creature would return, or so it would appear, this time as a 20th century apparition of a vampire in High- gate Cemetery.

The legend of the Highgate vampire has its roots in tales of creatures that roamed the north London district of Dracula author Bram Stoker. The practice of Satanism was not uncommon in London and some believe that the creature with the fiery eyes was manifested by satanic rituals and remained in this realm, only later becoming known as Spring-
Heeled Jack and the Highgate Vampire. Speculation aside, one wonders if the legend of
Dracula was inspired by London’s secret traditions.

Cults Wars

The Theosophical Society, co-founded by MadameBlavatsky (1831-1891), introduced the notion that the evolution of mankind was governed by a chosen elect known as the ‘brotherhood’. The Ukraine-born spiritualist believed the occult and science worked in tandem, and the occult was simply accessing realms that science had yet to conquer.

Not surprisingly, her arrival in London in 1887 created quite a stir and she promptly initiated W.B. Yeats, one of the foremost literary figures of the 20th century , as well as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and even Thomas Edison.

Despite its success at displacing Victorian spiritualism, the Theosophical Society had its own competition, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, whose first temple, Isis Urania, was created by Samuel Liddell Mathers in 1888, and which conducted its first tomb-based rituals at Thavies Inn, off Holborn Circus. The ritual was said to have
included the enactment of the death and rebirth of Christian Rosencreuz, the founder of the Rosicrucian Order. The Golden Dawn was alleged to have been based on rituals contained in a coded ‘cipher manuscript’. Others believed it was a ruse to compete with the Theosophical Society.

Regardless, the Golden Dawn grew rapidly, converting 50 members in its first year and another 250 in its second, before starting to implode into more offshoots than Clapham Station has train tracks.

Aleister Crowley was initiated as the group began to fragment into various offshoots, such as the Alpha et Omega which formed in around 1900. Crowley had a fierce reputation as an occultist and his own mother believed him to be the AntiChrist of the
Apocalypse and the ‘Great Beast’. Crowley studied at Cambridge before moving to a flat at 67 & 69 Chancery Lane in London, where his occult studies flourished with the help of a mentor by the name of Allan Bennett, who introduced him to Buddhism. Here the two men sought to perform the ‘Abramelin Operation’, an intense six-month Blackberry Under the Spotlight ritual designed to conjure the Holy Guardian Angel.

One account suggests that Crowley succeeded, for he is said to have returned home one night only to find his door open and ‘semi- materialised beings’ marching around his flat. Crowley had his hands in all sorts of secret traditions, and despite his Masonic involvement elsewhere in Europe, the United Grand Lodge of England denied him admission.

Another famous occultist of the 20th century was Dion Fortune, who left Alpha et Omega and joined another Golden Dawn derivative, the Stella Matutina (Morning Star), a group originally known as the Mystic Rose or Order of the M R in the Outer.

Fortune left because she feared she was under psychic attack, and proceeded to write the definitive book on psychic and occult protection. In 1924 she formed her own cult, the Fraternity of the Inner Light, which met in Primrose Hill

In 1960 the French poet and occultist Jean Cocteau, an alleged Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, visited the Church of Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square. Here, he created a mural (centre left) dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which features a Black Sun and references layer upon layer of veiled knowledge.

The year 2000 came and went, with the only homage to the millennium being the creation of a ‘dome’ (now called the ‘O2’), which was nestled in one of the curvatures of the serpent Thames.

However, the previous year, 1999, had seen the creation of an even more esoterically potent edifice, the London Eye.

This huge, slow-moving Ferris wheel amusement ride stands majestically on the banks of the Thames. The structure dominates the landscape, recalling many occult circular symbols, from the zen -like concepts of completeness and wholeness, to the brutal death of heretics upon the Catherine Wheel. It also includes a brazen Masonic compass
in its centre, as well as being named after another ancient occult symbol, the all-seeing eye.
The ‘Eye’ became a powerful part of the landscape in a very short period of time and one that is colourfully lit during special occasions, such as New Year’s Eve.

Fast forward to 2012 and the London Olympics, whose logo inexplicably resembles the word ‘Zion’ and whose stadium sits amidst symbolically named streets. One wonders how much invisible influence occult powers may have in Parliament.

The foundations of London’s occult traditions run wide and deep and represent a microcosm of the esoteric tradition the world over. If history is any indication, it is unlikely these traditions will fade any time soon, although they may move underground, much the same as London’s forgotten rivers, in order to survive.
In next weeks edition of the Global Watch Weekly we will continue to delve into the hidden mysteries of London as we take a deeper look at the City of London as the financial capital of the world.



Boris Johnson

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British journalist and Politician, who serves as the current Mayor of London. He began his career as a trainee reporter on The Times but was sacked for making up a quote. From 1987 he worked at the Daily Telegraph where he became a leader-writer and assistant editor. He was editor of The Spectator from 1999, remaining in the job after his election in 2001 as MP for Henley until 2005. He was elected as London Mayor on 2 May 2008. Johnson is known for his unkempt appearance and eccentric approach to public life; he has attracted press interest over his private life.

Boris Johnson in quotes

17 Jul 2007
  • Boris Johnson to run for mayor
  • In 2004, Boris Johnson was ordered by the then Tory leader Michael Howard to go to Liverpool and apologise for an article in The Spectator which accused the city of "wallowing" in its "victim status".

    He said Liverpudlians made a scapegoat of police in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, refusing to acknowledge the part played "by drunken fans at the back of the crowd who mindlessly tried to fight their way into the ground".

    The article, on 16 October, said people in Liverpool "cannot accept that they might have made any contribution to their misfortunes, but seek rather to blame someone else for it, thereby deepening their sense of shared tribal grievance about the rest of society".

    A later spat was caused by remarks made in Mr Johnson’s Daily Telegraph column about the Labour leadership crisis, which linked Papua New Guinea to "cannibalism and chief-killing".

    Mr Johnson wrote: "For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing, and so it is with a happy amazement that we watch as the madness engulfs the Labour Party."

    After apologising for any offence, the MP said he would be happy to "add Papua New Guinea to my global itinerary of apology".

    Other quotes by Boris Johnson

    On his hopes of leading the country: "My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive."

    On Tony Blair: "It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."

    On his rivals in the Liberal Democrats: "The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition."

    In his Telegraph column December 2, 2004 on being sacked from the Tory front bench: "My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."

    During the campaign trail of the 2005 general election: "What’s my view on drugs? I’ve forgotten my view on drugs."

    On George Bush: "The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy."

    On The 2005 Conservative Leadership Contest: "I am supporting David Cameron purely out of cynical self-interest."

    "Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3."

    On Big Brother: "I didn’t see it, but it sounds barbaric. It’s become like cock-fighting: poor dumb brutes being set upon each other by conniving television producers."

    Boris Johnson quotes Apocalypse Now in New Year message

    Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has evoked the cult film Apocalypse Now in a New Year's message aimed at giving heart to the capital's residents in the face of the economic downturn.

    Boris Johnson quotes Apocalypse Now in New Year message  
    Boris Johnson: 'Someday captain, this war is going to end'
    Photo: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON

    Referring to the recession, Mr Johnson quoted Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, the eccentric commander in the 1979 epic Vietnam war film.

    Lt Col Kilgore, who is played by Robert Duvall, says: "Some day captain, this war is going to end."

    In a pre-recorded message to be projected on to the wall of the Shell Building on the South Bank in London tonight, he said: "There are those who say we should look ahead to 2009 with foreboding.

    "I want to quote Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now when he says 'Some day captain, this war is going to end', and some day, this recession is going to end.

    "We can speed the demise of this recession if we all help the poorest in our community and if we make the vital investment that we need in our mass transit system and in fighting crime, so that London emerges at the end better placed to compete and entrenched in its position as the greatest city on earth.

    "We are going to be working flat out at City Hall to achieve that.

    "Let's go forward into 2009 with enthusiasm and purpose. I wish you a very happy New Year."

    Other memorable quotes from the film:

    Colonel Walter Kurtz: "The horror... the horror."

    Captain Benjamin Willard: "Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500."

    Willard: "He was close, real close. I couldn't see him yet, but I could feel him, as if the boat were being sucked upriver and the water was flowing back into the jungle. Whatever was going to happen, it wasn't gonna be the way they call it back in Nha Trang."

    Kilgore: "Charlie don't surf!"

    Kilgore: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."



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    Boris Johnson

    Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British journalist and Politician, who serves as the current Mayor of London. He began his career as a trainee reporter on The Times but was sacked for making up a quote. From 1987 he worked at the Daily Telegraph where he became a leader-writer and assistant editor. He was editor of The Spectator from 1999, remaining in the job after his election in 2001 as MP for Henley until 2005. He was elected as London Mayor on 2 May 2008. Johnson is known for his unkempt appearance and eccentric approach to public life; he has attracted press interest over his private life.

    Boris Johnson in quotes

    17 Jul 2007

  • Boris Johnson to run for mayor
  • In 2004, Boris Johnson was ordered by the then Tory leader Michael Howard to go to Liverpool and apologise for an article in The Spectator which accused the city of "wallowing" in its "victim status".

    He said Liverpudlians made a scapegoat of police in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, refusing to acknowledge the part played "by drunken fans at the back of the crowd who mindlessly tried to fight their way into the ground".

    The article, on 16 October, said people in Liverpool "cannot accept that they might have made any contribution to their misfortunes, but seek rather to blame someone else for it, thereby deepening their sense of shared tribal grievance about the rest of society".

    A later spat was caused by remarks made in Mr Johnson’s Daily Telegraph column about the Labour leadership crisis, which linked Papua New Guinea to "cannibalism and chief-killing".

    Mr Johnson wrote: "For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing, and so it is with a happy amazement that we watch as the madness engulfs the Labour Party."

    After apologising for any offence, the MP said he would be happy to "add Papua New Guinea to my global itinerary of apology".

    Other quotes by Boris Johnson

    On his hopes of leading the country: "My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive."

    On Tony Blair: "It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."

    On his rivals in the Liberal Democrats: "The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition."

    In his Telegraph column December 2, 2004 on being sacked from the Tory front bench: "My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."

    During the campaign trail of the 2005 general election: "What’s my view on drugs? I’ve forgotten my view on drugs."

    On George Bush: "The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy."

    On The 2005 Conservative Leadership Contest: "I am supporting David Cameron purely out of cynical self-interest."

    "Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3."

    On Big Brother: "I didn’t see it, but it sounds barbaric. It’s become like cock-fighting: poor dumb brutes being set upon each other by conniving television producers."



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    I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.
    Boris Johnson

    My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.
    Boris Johnson

    My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.
    Boris Johnson

    The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run
    out of better ideas.

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    Rise In Attacks On Europe's Jews


    Rise In Attacks On Europe's Jews


    Attacks on Jews in Britain and Europe are rising as the violence in Gaza continues.

    According to the Community Security Trust, a group which protects Jewish people, there have been 24 incidents in Britain since December 29.

    This includes an arson attack on a synagogue in London.

    "There has been a significant rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents, especially when compared with what is usually a very quiet time of year for racist, anti-Jewish attacks," spokesman Mark Gardner said. 

    "It is a pattern with which we and the police are now sadly familiar, whereby hysteria is whipped up against Israel, and British Jews then suffer a wave of anti-Semitism."

    In the attack on the synagogue in Brondesbury north west London, arsonists tried to smash a window.

    They failed because of the toughened protective glass.

    In another incident, a gang of youths in Golders Green, north west London, tried to enter Jewish shops on New Year's Eve while shouting "Jew".

    Nearby, a Jewish man was pulled from his car and assaulted by three men, but not seriously hurt.

    There have also been incidents outside London, including graffiti on a synagogue, anti-Semitic hate mail sent to another, and "Hamas HQ" graffiti on a Jewish building in Manchester.

    Police in one of the North East's biggest Jewish communities have stepped up their patrols. 

    The Northumbria force said it had increased its presence in the Bensham area of Gateshead, home to around 5,000 Orthodox Jews.

    And violence against Jews is increasing in other parts of Europe.

    Assailants rammed a burning car into the gates of a synagogue in Toulouse, in southwest France, on Monday night.

    On Sunday slogans including "murderers ... You broke the cease-fire" and "don't subject Palestine to ethnic cleansing" were daubed on Israel's embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

    In Denmark, a 27-year-old Dane born in Lebanon of Palestinian parents is alleged to have injured two young Israelis last week, opening fire with a handgun.

    And the government in Belgium has ordered police in Antwerp and Brussels to be on increased alert after recent pro-Palestinian protests ended in violence and dozens of arrests.

    Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne has written to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith about the apparent rise in anti-Semitic incidents.

    Mr Huhne said: "I am deeply concerned by the evidence in the Community Security Trust's report that the Israeli invasion of Gaza is being used as a pretext for threats against the Jewish community in Britain.

    "It has already had to invest substantially in extra security even for public institutions such as state-maintained Jewish faith schools, on the advice of local police forces."

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    Southern Lebanon residents look to Gaza with angst

    Akil Sayegh will not stick around this time. Like many of his fellow residents in this southern Lebanese town pummeled during the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, he stands ready to flee at the first sign of a renewed conflict.

    "We will leave the country in the event of war because this time there will be no place for us to hide if Israel strikes," he said, the devastating 2006 war that left some 1,200 mostly Lebanese civilians dead still fresh in his mind.

    Qana grabbed headlines at the time after an Israeli raid left nearly 30 people dead, most of them women and children. The village 10 years earlier had also been the scene of Israeli strikes which killed 105 civilians who had sought shelter in a UN base during the Jewish state's "Grapes of Wrath" offensive on Lebanon.

    A father of four, Sayegh has already packed a tent in the trunk of his car, purchased extra diapers for his three-month-old and stocked up on essential items.

    "I will head straight to the southern coastal town of Tyre at the first sign of trouble and leave by boat," he said as he huddled around a television set with fellow villagers at a local cafe to watch the latest developments in Gaza.

    He recalled the wave of panic that spread through the village at the weekend when two Israeli jets overflew the region.

    "Suddenly you had everyone in the village running for cover," he said.

    Imad Chebli, 32, said locals were living in fear with everyone glued to their television sets since the Israeli offensive on Gaza began on December 27 in a bid to halt rocket attacks by Hamas fighters.

    Still, like dozens of residents interviewed this week in several southern Lebanese villages, where Hezbollah has a strong presence, Chebli and Sayegh believe that the Shiite group will come out victorious in the event of a new conflict.

    Many say under cover of anonymity that Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria and is considered a terrorist organization by Washington, has mobilized its troops and readied its weapons arsenal since the Gaza offensive began.

    However the Lebanese government, in which Hezbollah is represented, has played down the possibility that the conflict could spill over with another front opening up in southern Lebanon.

    "We have not received from Hezbollah any sign that they will risk dragging Lebanon into this conflict," Information Minister Tarek Mitri said Monday.

    And residents in southern Lebanon who are still recovering from the 2006 war say they are all but ready to suffer through another conflict despite their adherence to Hezbollah.

    In the village of Haris, Zeinab Jawad, 15, said his father had rushed to stock up on gasoline after Hezbollah chief declared that his party was ready to respond to any aggression.

    In Ayta Eshaab, a border village, houses still bear the scars of the fierce battles that took place there during the 2006 war.

    "The Jews will not dare return here," said confidently Jamal Srour, 62, sitting in his newly rebuilt house.

    His wife approves adding: "This time we will wipe them out inchallah (God willing)."

    Further north in the village of Al Abassiyeh, Mahmoud Chehab, who owns a small shop facing a UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) post warns that in the event the situation in Gaza escalates "we must open another front".

    But not everyone shares his opinion.

    "Our homes are still destroyed," said Siham Al Saadi, a mother of six who lives in the village of Shebaa. "We suffered too much and lost our loved ones.

    "We won't be able to survive another war."



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    Spirit of solidarity sidelines Palestinian split

    Israel's offensive on Gaza appears to be creating a mood of unity on the streets of the West Bank that the leaders of hostile Palestinian factions have been unable to obtain in months of negotiation.

    It is not the formal entente they say they are searching for, but it is a grassroots solidarity of suffering that some feel exposes how artificial is the split in Palestinian ranks at the level of the political leadership.

    On Tuesday, angry Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah protested, chanting: "Today Gaza is under fire, tomorrow it will be the West Bank."

    Slogans called for an end to the schism between President Mahmoud Abbas' secular Fatah faction and Islamist rival Hamas, winner of a 2006 parliamentary election. Since fighting in 2007, the two now control the West Bank and Gaza Strip respectively.

    Abbas and his allies are ready to negotiate peace with Israel after 60 years in return for an end to occupation and an Arab state that would live side by side with the Jewish state, in mutual security.

    Hamas has refused to recognise Israel's right to exist and its leaders call on all to join their resistance platform.

    Some analysts say Israel is content to have Palestinians divided, and doubt that there would be serious progress towards a peace deal with them if Islamist hardliners were brought back into the fold.

    Non-stop television pictures of charred corpses and children's body parts plucked from the smoking rubble of bombed buildings are shocking West Bank Palestinians.

    Israel's 11-day offensive has killed 600 of their people, including many civilians. And it has sidelined the once all-engrossing Fatah-Hamas schism, for the time being at least.

    Some blame Hamas for allowing the situation to reach such a destructive state, but others praise Hamas fighters for their courage in confronting Israeli troops.

    "People in the West Bank sympathise with the civilians in Gaza who get killed, not with Hamas," said Lama Hourani of Ramallah.

    "People here are aware that Israel's aim is not to destroy Hamas but to destroy the will of the Palestinian people everywhere. That is why people here call for unity."

    A shopkeeper in Qalqilya had a different view.

    "Hamas has succeeded in winning the people's support during this war," Fathi Abdel-Al said. Hamas was winning the peoples' hearts for resisting Israel's military might.

    Some Palestinians, however, recalled the widespread destruction of West Bank cities during the Israeli invasion of 2002, when the late Yasser Arafat came under siege in his Ramallah compound. They fear it could happen again.

    Since the Israeli offensive began Hamas leaders have threatened to resume suicide bombing attacks in Israeli cities.

    But some Palestinian analysts doubt they will do that.

    "Sometimes such threats are media-oriented, and sometimes it has to do with local abilities," Hamas lawmaker Ayman Daraghmeh told Reuters.

    "I also see that the world is seeing pictures of the Palestinian people as victims ... maybe any martyrdom attack now could alter this image."

    (Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah, Haitham Tamimi in Hebron, Naim Sweilem in Qalqilya and Atef Saad in Nablus; Editing by Douglas Hamilton)

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    Bank set to cut interest rates to record low 


    The Bank of England looks set to cut interest rates by at least half a percentage point this week to their lowest level on record as it tries to prevent the economy sliding into a long and painful recession.

    Financial markets have fully priced in a cut of at least 50 basis points to 1.5 percent when the central bank's Monetary Policy Committee ends its two-day meeting on Thursday. Several analysts are even predicting another 100 basis point reduction.

    And the cuts won't end there. Another big reduction that could take interest rates below 1 percent looks a sure bet in February alongside a signal that borrowing costs will stay low for long time to come.

    "We have pencilled in the Bank rate bottoming out at 0.75 percent, but we stand ready to change this if the Bank of England hints that rates could fall further," said Philip Shaw, chief economist at Investec.

    Caught on the hop by the severity of the downturn, the Bank has already cut interest rates by 3 percentage points since October.

    Before that, a number of policymakers were even thinking about raising interest rates in order to bring down inflation, which is still running well above the Bank's 2 percent target.

    DEFLATION?

    Worries about price pressures, however, have fallen by the wayside as evidence the economy is facing a serious recession is overwhelming and policymakers have become more worried about inflation falling below target or turning negative.

    House prices suffered their worst year on record, falling by nearly 16 percent and the service sector, which makes up 75 percent of the economy, shrank at a near record pace in December, according to two separate surveys on Tuesday.

    Retailers are complaining of a very lacklustre Christmas trading period and have been slashing prices in the New Year sales. Thousands of jobs look set to disappear this year.

    Woolworths, one of the nation's best-known store chains, finally closed for business this week as it became one of the most high-profile victims of the global credit crunch that has made raising cash so hard for so many firms.

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown said this week that, with interest rates close to zero, it was right that the government take fiscal action. Further tax cuts and extra government spending look likely in the March budget.

    That still may not be enough to get the economy moving again as long as banks run shy of new lending. Bank policymakers have even been thinking of ways of boosting the economy through more unconventional means once interest rates cannot go any lower.

    Quantitative easing, or literally boosting the money supply, is probably a way off yet but central banks all around the world are perhaps for the first time having to think about the same kind of steps the Bank of Japan took earlier this decade.

    "We are sceptical that QE in the strict sense, i.e. flooding the banking system with reserves, will give the real economy a significant push, especially as this did not appear to have a material effect in Japan," said Investec's Shaw.


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    Boris Johnson quotes

          “My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.”

    “My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.”

    “The Tory Party - the funkiest, most jiving Party on Earth!”

    “Tremendous, little short of superb. On cracking form.”

    “Ken doesn't think he's got anything to say sorry for and if that's really his feeling, then I think that he should stick to his guns.”

    "But here's old Ken - he's been crass, he's been insensitive and thuggish and brutal in his language - but I don't think actually if you read what he said, although it was extraordinary and rude, I don't think he was actually anti-Semitic.”

    “Pyramid of piffle [no, not his views on Liverpool but a report Petronella Wyatt was his mistress]”

    “The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas.”

    “I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.”

    “I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis

    “To rely on a train in Blair's Britain is to engage in a crapshoot with the devil.”

    “Sometimes, in our thinking about higher education, we're too narrowly confined to a utilitarian calculus about what it's doing to the bottom line of UK plc. I wanted to make the point that higher education adds immeasurably to the value of the UK economy without necessarily obliging everybody to pursue courses that have some immediate vocational application. I wanted to stick up for medieval history, among other things, which was deprecated by Charles Clarke.”

    “It's economically illiterate. A degree in classics or philosophy can be as valuable as anything else.”

      I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I've always known my life would be turned into a farce. I'm just glad it's been entrusted to two such distinguished men of letters.”

    “It's forbidden.”

    “It's very, very good news for Cameron. He's going to storm through, I've absolutely no doubt he's going to be Prime Minister.”

    “I don't see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap dancing, and other related and vital subjects.”




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    Met police officer numbers will not be cut, insists Boris Johnson's deputy
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    Boris Johnson's deputy mayor today insisted that policing numbers in London would remain stable despite the Conservative mayor's decision to tell Scotland Yard to find £472m of savings over three years. Full Article at Guardian Unlimited

    BBC Bias On Israel: Fabricant Notices
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    MICHAEL Fabricant MP - he of the Boris Johnson fright wig and keen eye - has noticed that the BBC is about as neutral as a Austrian jackboot manufacturer: I have been horrified and angered by the coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict. Full Article at Anorak

    LONDON - DECEMBER 22:  Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, receives a Chanukah gift of a Mezuzah (a piece of parchment inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah) after he helped to light a sacred Menorah, marking Chanukah (Hanukkah), on December 22, 2008 in London, England. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday, which occurs either late November or December.

    LONDON - DECEMBER 22: Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, receives a Chanukah gift of a Mezuzah (a piece of parchment inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah) after he helped to light a sacred Menorah, marking Chanukah (Hanukkah), on December 22, 2008 in London, England. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday, which occurs either late November or December. View Photo »

    Great design has been the hallmark our great city from our historic palaces and squares to our modern offices. Boris Johnson SOURCE: Creative Review

    Celebrity Feature: What do celebs want from 2009? Here are their new year's resolutions!
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    Tuesday, 06 January 2009 ‘Lose a stone’ Boris Johnson, Mayor of London "My promise has to be to tighten my belt – quite literally. I’m as determined as ever to lose a stone around my waist but at this stage I’m unnervingly off target. I will clearly have to run further, cycle faster and eat slower. Full Article at The London Paper

    Police launch online neighbourhood crime maps

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    ... In some areas, such as London, the maps allow the public to report non-urgent crimes. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launched the crime map for the capital last September. Full Article at Guardian Unlimited

    London News: Boris Johnson announces more police for isolated rail stations in outer London

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    Tuesday, 06 January 2009 MORE police are to operate at London suburban rail stations, the capital's Mayor, Boris Johnson, has announced. Mr Johnson is to fund an additional 50 British Transport Police (BTP) officers to help reduce crime at key stations. It is also expected that train operating companies will assign 50 of their staff to work with the BTP teams. Full Article at The London Paper

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    Met police officer numbers will not be cut, insists Boris Johnson's deputy

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    • Unlike the current occupant of the White House, he has no difficulty in orally extemporising a series of grammatical English sentences, each containing a main verb.
      • Telegraph Column, Oct 21, 2008, endorsing Barack Obama
    • Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil, and unlikely to increase… Indeed, high Chinese culture and art are almost all imitative of western forms: Chinese concert pianists are technically brilliant, but brilliant at Schubert and Rachmaninov. Chinese ballerinas dance to the scores of Diaghilev. The number of Chinese Nobel prizes won on home turf is zero, although there are of course legions of bright Chinese trying to escape to Stanford and Caltech… It is hard to think of a single Chinese sport at the Olympics, compared with umpteen invented by Britain, including ping-pong, I’ll have you know, which originated at upper-class dinner tables and was first called whiff-whaff. The Chinese have a script so fiendishly complicated that they cannot produce a proper keyboard for it.
      • Have I Got Views for You p277
    • The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more... Consider Uganda, pearl of Africa, as an example of the British record. ... the British planted coffee and cotton and tobacco, and they were broadly right... If left to their own devices, the natives would rely on nothing but the instant carbohydrate gratification of the plantain. You never saw a place so abounding in bananas: great green barrel-sized bunches, off to be turned into matooke. Though this dish (basically fried banana) was greatly relished by Idi Amin, the colonists correctly saw that the export market was limited... The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty.
      • Discussing his views on Africans and "Instant Carbohydrate Gratification" The Spectator 2 February 2002
    • It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving picaninnies; and one can imagine that Blair, twice victor abroad but enmired at home, is similarly seduced by foreign politeness. They say he is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in Watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.
      • Daily Telegraph 10 January 2002
    • The proposed ban on incitement to “religious hatred” make no sense unless it involves a ban on the Koran itself.
      • Daily Telegraph 21 July 2005
    • Ok, I said to myself as I sighted the bird down the end of the gun. This time, my fine feathered friend, there is no escape.
      • Friends, Voters, Countrymen p59
    • Not even Mr Blair has been able to erode the unions conviction that we all have a “right” to a minimum wage… Both the minimum wage and the Social Charter would palpably destroy jobs.
      • Lend Me Your Ears p387
    • Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.
      • The Spectator 15 April 2000
    • Not only did I want Bush to win, but we threw the entire weight of The Spectator behind him.
      • Have I Got Views for You p272
    • That is the best case for Bush; that, among other things, he liberated Iraq. It is good enough for me.
      • Daily Telegraph 26 February 2004
    • Dark forces dragged me away from the keyboard, swirling forces of irresistible intensity and power.
      • "A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
      • While at the Daily Telegraph, explaining why his work was usually late.
    • Try as I might, I could not look at an overhead projection of a growth profit matrix, and stay conscious.
      • Beth Pearson, "Has Howard got news for Boris?", The Herald (Glasgow), 13 November 2004, p. 15.
      • Explaining why he quit after a week as a management consultant.

     

    • But here's old Ken - he's been crass, he's been insensitive and thuggish and brutal in his language - but I don't think actually if you read what he said, although it was extraordinary and rude, I don't think he was actually anti-Semitic.
      • "Quotes of the Day", The Times, 18 February 2005, p. 2.
    • I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.
      • Hickey, The Express, 21 March 2005.
    • I'm having Sunday lunch with my family. I'm vigorously campaigning, inculcating my children in the benefits of a Tory government.
      • "2-minute interview: Boris Johnson", The Guardian, 11 April 2005, p. 7.
      • Asked whether he was canvassing at Sunday lunchtime.
    • Howard is a dynamic performer on many levels. There you are. He sent me to Liverpool. Marvellous place. Howard was the most effective Home Secretary since Peel. Hang on, was Peel Home Secretary?
      • Ben Macintyre, "'Hello, I'm your MP. Actually no, I'm your candidate. Gosh'", The Times, 19 April 2005, p. 23.
      • On Michael Howard.
    • What we hate, what we fear, is being ignored.
      • "Labour's cleaning up on the council tax", 21 April 2005, p. 24.
      • On the fears of MPs.
    • Yes, cannabis is dangerous, but no more than other perfectly legal drugs. It's time for a rethink, and the Tory party - the funkiest, most jiving party on Earth - is where it's happening.
      • "No one obeys the speed limit except a motorised rickshaw", Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2001, p. 27.
    • I don't see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap dancing, and other related and vital subjects.
      • "What has the BBC come to? Toilets, that's what", Daily Telegraph, 14 March 2002, p. 29.
    • We are confident in our story and will be fighting this all the way. I am very sorry that Alastair Campbell has taken this decision but I can see that he got his tits in the wringer.
      • Catherine Macleod, "Angry Blair takes on press", The Herald (Glasgow), 24 April 2002, p. 1.
      • On Campbell's negative reply to the Spectator's report that the Government had influence the Queen Mother's funeral arrangements.
    • Nor do I propose to defend the right to talk on a mobile while driving a car, though I don't believe that is necessarily any more dangerous than the many other risky things that people do with their free hands while driving - nose-picking, reading the paper, studying the A-Z, beating the children, and so on.
      • "To the lady who berated me, I say: on your bike", Daily Telegraph, 1 August 2002, p. 21.
    • I forgot that to rely on a train, in Blair's Britain, is to engage in a crapshoot with the devil.
      • "A horse is a safer bet than the trains", Daily Telegraph, 3 July 2003, p. 22.
    • I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis.
      • Ephraim Hardcastle, Daily Mail, 22 July 2003, p. 13.
      • Asked by pupils of Gillott's School in his constituency whether he would like the job of Prime Minister.
    • The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP, they have run out of better ideas.
      • "What's wrong with 40 Liverpool Road?", Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2003, p. 24.
    • The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition.
      • "The least said about Lib Dems, the better", Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2003, p. 24.
    • Any seat would be mad not to take him. He's a terrific chap.
      • "Keeping it in the family", Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2004, p. 29.
      • On his father, Stanley Johnson's plans to become an MP.
    • It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall.
      • "The BBC was doing its job - bring back Gilligan", Daily Telegraph, 29 January 2004, p. 21.
      • Reaction to the Hutton Report.
    • As snow-jobs go, this beats the Himalayas.
      • "The BBC was doing its job - bring back Gilligan", Daily Telegraph, 29 January 2004, p. 21.
      • Reaction to the Hutton Report.
    • Some readers will no doubt say that a devil is inside me; and though my faith is a bit like Magic FM in the Chilterns, in that the signal comes and goes, I can only hope that isn't so.
      • "What's so funny about the Passion?", Daily Telegraph, 4 March 2004, p. 24.
    • If Amsterdam or Leningrad vie for the title of Venice of the North, then Venice - what compliment is high enough? Venice, with all her civilisation and ancient beauty, Venice with her addiction to curious aquatic means of transport, yes, my friends, Venice is the Henley of the South.
      • "Paying through the Doge for Europe", Daily Telegraph, 11 March 2004, p. 22.
    • He's lost the plot, people tell me. He's drifting rudderless in the wide Sargasso Sea of New Labour's ideological vacuum.
      • "Blair dead in the water? No such luck", Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2004, p. 24.
      • On Tony Blair.
    • Look the point is ... er, what is the point? It is a tough job but somebody has got to do it.
      • Toby Helm, "Boris Johnson named shadow arts minister", Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2004, p. 12.
      • On being appointed Shadow Arts Minister.
    • It was a stellar performance. I may as well give up now and make way for an older man.
      • Hickey, The Express, 12 May 2004.
      • On his father Stanley's appearance on Have I Got News For You.
    • There is absolutely no one, apart from yourself, who can prevent you, in the middle of the night, from sneaking down to tidy up the edges of that hunk of cheese at the back of the fridge.
      • "Face it: it's all your own fat fault", Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2004, p. 24.
      • On the dangers of obesity.
    • My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.
      • "You ask the questions", The Independent, 17 June 2004, p. 7.
      • Asked "Admit it: you want to become prime minister, don't you?" by Amanda Findlay of Bolton.
    • I didn't see it, but it sounds barbaric. It's become like cock-fighting: poor dumb brutes being set upon each other by conniving television producers.
      • David Smith, "Focus: Big Brother brawl", Observer, 20 June 2004, p. 17.
      • On Big Brother.
    • I have not had an affair with Petronella. It is complete balderdash. It is an inverted pyramid of piffle. It is all completely untrue and ludicrous conjecture. I am amazed people can write this drivel.
      • Simon Walters, "Boris, Petsy and a 'pyramid of piffle'", Mail on Sunday, 7 November 2004, p. 7.
      • Denying accusations of his having an affair with Petronella Wyatt.
    • I advise you all very strongly - go for a run, get some exercise, and have a beautiful day.
      • Valentine Low, "Shiver me timbers Boris", Evening Standard, 15 November 2004, p. 3.
      • Cornered by reporters asking about his affair after a morning run.
    • Tremendous, little short of superb. On cracking form.
      • David Charter, Joanna Bale, "Tories suggest door will open for Boris Johnson to return", The Times, 15 November 2004, p. 7.
      • Asked how he was feeling after being sacked as Shadow Arts Minister for having misled Michael Howard.
    • Nothing excites compassion, in friend and foe alike, as much as the sight of you ker-splonked on the Tarmac with your propeller buried six feet under.
    • My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.
    • I can't remember what my line on drugs is. What's my line on drugs?
      • "The Genelection Game", Sunday Mirror, 24 April 2005, p. 19.
      • During the campaign trail of the 2005 general election.
    • Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3.
      • Francis Elliott, "Boris casts his vote: 'Spectator' editor tells 'Desert Island Discs' he'll quit to spend more time with David Cameron", Independent on Sunday, 30 October 2005, p. 3.
      • Said in April 2005 during the general election.
    • Old Man Howard, that Old Man Howard, he just keeps rolling, just keeps rolling.
      • Andrew Pierce, "Boris on a roll", The Times, 29 April 2005, p. 40.
      • When asked by The Oxford Student whether he sees anyone amongst his younger colleagues who would one day replace Howard.
    • I’m very attracted to it. I may be diverting from Tory party policy here, but I don’t care.
      • Andrew Pierce, The Times, 30 April 2005, p. 42.
      • When asked about the 24 hour drinking legislation.
    • Life isn’t like coursework, baby. It’s one damn essay crisis after another.
      • "Exams work because they're scary", Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2005, p. 22.
    • I'm backing David Cameron's campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest.
      • "Conference Diary", The Independent, 5 October 2005, p. 7.
      • On The 2005 Conservative Leadership Contest.
    • I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn't go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar.
      • "Londoner's Diary", Evening Standard, 17 October 2005, p. 15.
    • I'm a rugby player, really, and I knew I was going to get to him, and when he was about two yards away I just put my head down. There was no malice. I was going for the ball with my head, which I understand is a legitimate move in soccer.
      • Ed Harris, "Boris bites Herr legs...: The MP for Henley does his bit for Anglo-German diplomacy", Evening Standard, 4 May 2006, p. 9.
      • On his tackle on German midfielder Maurizio Gaudino in a charity football match.
    • Look, I wouldn't trust Harriet Harman's political judgement.
      • "BBC News Video Interview", BBC News, 2nd May 2008
      • When told the Harriet Harman (Labour Politician) thought he had won the election for London Mayor.
    • Had it been us staging the Games, I don't think we would necessarily have done the switcheroo with the girl with the braces
      • "Boris Johnson In Beijing", The Guardian, 21 August 2008
      • When asked whether he had any criticisms of the Beijing Olympic Games.

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    • I thought it was a 50-50 ball.
      • On a rough tackle on a German player during the England vs Germany legends match.
    • She's a method columnist, isn't she. She believes it while she's writing it. It's fantastic!
    • I'm making absolutely no comment...and no, I did not.
      • When asked if he intentionally misled Michael Howard, leader of the Conservative Party.
    • Ken [Livingstone] doesn't think he's got anything to say sorry for and if that's really his feeling, then I think that he should stick to his guns.
    • I think they get a fair squeeze of the sauce bottle.
      • Questioned by Michael Crick on his dedication to his political career and the Conservative Party, 2005.
    • Will I throw my hat into the ring? It depends on what kind of ring it is and what kind of hat I have in my hand.
      • When asked by the Oxford Mail if he will stand for leader of the Conservative Party.
    • I'm kicking off my diet with cheeseburger — whatever Jamie Oliver says McDonalds are incredibly nutritious and, as far as I can tell, crammed full of vital nutrients and rigid with goodness.
      • While campaigning at McDonalds in Botley, Oxford, May 2005.
    • Ian [Hislop] keeps telling me to sack him. It puts me in an impossible position.
      • On Taki, a contentious columnist in the Spectator
    • I’d want to get Blair and really interrogate the guy. I’d really want to pin him up against a palm tree and slap him around and get the truth out of him about a few things we need a bit of elucidation.

    [edit] 'Have I Got News For You'

    • I'm batting for an ideology which has been burgled by someone else.
    • There may be a reason I can't think of but the problem with that reason is that I can't think of it now.
    • Do I have to do this?
      • When told he was taking part in a special Mastermind round with questions on his leader, Iain Duncan Smith, during an episode of Have I Got News For You.
    • I've never seen this on this show before!
      • When told he was taking part in a special Mastermind round with questions on his leader, Iain Duncan Smith, during an episode of Have I Got News For You.
    • We're moving irresistably towards a conclusion.
    • Men women love love women.
    • I think it would be wrong for me to take the you know to block the path of the a needy badger.
    • Why are they called quad-bikes?
    • Is he [George Best] sleeping with Miss Jamaica.
    • Well, basically because of, for the money.
      • On why he came back on the show.
    • I paint myself.
    • What transaction happened here? Have I just bought your house?
    • I've walked straight into a massive elephant trap.
    • How do you know we can't deliver coconuts?
      • Replying to Ian Hislop's taunts regarding the Tories' apparent inability to deliver their promises.
    • I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn't go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar.
    • Coconuts from the party that keeps its promises!
      • On Have I Got News For You
    • I'm in charge here!
      • When things on HIGNFY threatened to get out of hand.
    • Well he cheated death, and death is the one thing you're allowed to cheat.
    • I think the term is recklessly honest
      • When Paul Merton commented that he was refreshingly honest

    Attributed to Borris Johnson
    The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy.

    • Unsigned editorial entitled "Infantile resentment" in The Spectator, 22 November 2003, p. 7.
    • On George W. Bush.

    About Boris Johnson

    • Boris was told to engage his brain before speaking in future.
      • Conservative Party official, quoted in "Black Dog", Mail on Sunday, 12 September 2004, p. 26.
    • You are a self-centred, pompous twit. Even your body language on TV is pathetic. Get out of public life. Go and do something in the private sector.
      • Paul Bigley (brother of murdered hostage, Kenneth Bigley) to Johnson on Radio City in Liverpool. Quoted in Nigel Bunyan, "Have we got views for you, Mr Johnson", Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2004, p. 3.
    • He may seem like a lovable buffoon but you know he wouldn't hesitate to line you all up against a wall and have you shot.
    • Boris Johnson [is] known as the thinking man's idiot.
    • He's the sort of person who 200 years ago would have died aged 30 leading a cavalry charge into a volcano.
    • Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.'


    Apocalypse Now? Recession not end of world, says Boris

    LONDON (AFP) — The worldwide recession is not the end of the world, London mayor Boris Johnson said Wednesday in a New Year message quoting iconic movie "Apocalypse Now" to make his point.

    Johnson, a colourful former journalist who ousted veteran London leader "Red" Ken Livingstone in May, insisted that the capital will recover and reassert itself as the "greatest city on earth."

    "There are those who say we should look ahead to 2009 with foreboding," he said, in a pre-recorded message to be projected Wednesday evening on the South Bank, ahead of fireworks marking the turn of the year.

    "I want to quote Colonel Kilgore in 'Apocalypse Now' when he says 'Someday captain, this war is going to end', and someday, this recession is going to end."

    London has been particularly hard hit because of its world-class financial district, reeling from the credit crunch and international banking crisis which precipitated the global slowdown.

    But Johnson, a staunch supporter of the City and critic of those who blame the downturn squarely on irresponsible bankers, said London can emerge stronger when recovery comes.

    "We can speed the demise of this recession if we all help the poorest in our community and if we make the vital investment ... so that London emerges at the end better placed to compete and entrenched in its position as the greatest city on earth.

    "We are going to be working flat out at City Hall to achieve that. Let's go forward into 2009 with enthusiasm and purpose. I wish you a very happy New Year," he said. 

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    To rely on a train in Blair’s Britain is to engage in a crapshoot with the devil.
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    Pyramid of piffle [no, not his views on Liverpool but a report Petronella Wyatt was his mistress]
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    Tremendous, little short of superb. On cracking form. [after being sacked of his role in the Tory shadow cabinet]
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    My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.
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    Ken doesn't think he's got anything to say sorry for and if that's really his feeling, then I think that he should stick to his guns.
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    But here's old Ken - he's been crass, he's been insensitive and thuggish and brutal in his language - but I don't think actually if you read what he said, although it was extraordinary and rude, I don't think he was actually anti-Semitic.
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    I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.
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    I say let people eat what they like. Why shouldn't they push pies through the railings?
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    A selection of Boris Johnson's most memorable quotes

    On George W Bush

    "The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy."

    On using a mobile phone while driving

    "I don't believe that is necessarily any more dangerous than the many other risky things that people do with their free hands while driving - nose-picking, reading the paper, studying the A-Z, beating the children, and so on."

    On commuting

    "I forgot that to rely on a train, in Blair's Britain, is to engage in a crapshoot with the devil."

    On Euro-scepticism

    "I can hardly condemn UKIP as a bunch of boss-eyed, foam-flecked Euro hysterics, when I have been sometimes not far short of boss-eyed, foam-flecked hysteria myself."

    On Tony Blair

    "It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."

    On becoming Prime Minister

    "My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive."

    On Channel 5

    "I don't see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap-dancing, and other related and vital subjects."

    On being sacked by Michael Howard

    "My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."

    On how to vote

    "Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3."

    On why he voted for David Cameron as Tory leader

    "I'm backing David Cameron's campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest."

    On drugs

    "I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn't go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar."

    On the City of Portsmouth

    "Too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs."

    On tennis

    "I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around."

    On the Liberal Democrats

    "The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition."

    On George W Bush

    "The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy."

    On using a mobile phone while driving

    "I don't believe that is necessarily any more dangerous than the many other risky things that people do with their free hands while driving - nose-picking, reading the paper, studying the A-Z, beating the children, and so on."

    On commuting

    "I forgot that to rely on a train, in Blair's Britain, is to engage in a crapshoot with the devil."

    On Euro-scepticism

    "I can hardly condemn UKIP as a bunch of boss-eyed, foam-flecked Euro hysterics, when I have been sometimes not far short of boss-eyed, foam-flecked hysteria myself."

    On Tony Blair

    "It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."

    On becoming Prime Minister

    "My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive."

    On Channel 5

    "I don't see why people are so snooty about Channel 5. It has some respectable documentaries about the Second World War. It also devotes considerable airtime to investigations into lap-dancing, and other related and vital subjects."

    On being sacked by Michael Howard

    "My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."

    On how to vote

    "Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3."

    On why he voted for David Cameron as Tory leader

    "I'm backing David Cameron's campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest."

    On drugs

    "I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn't go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar."

    On the City of Portsmouth

    "Too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs."

    On tennis

    "I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around."

    On the Liberal Democrats

    "The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition."

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    If you’ve forgotten to send a card to a loved one, help is at hand in the form of

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    P.S. We will leave you with perhaps our favourite video…


    Scrapping the Charge?

    December 20, 2008

    Recent reports in the Mail show that Boris has a raft of new plans for helping to keep the London economy ticking over in these almost-recession times, one of which may involve scrapping the congestion charges altogether. He’s already spoken about his plans to cut back the western extension, but now it’s looking as though the whole system might be removed. It’s certainly the right time, if it does happen, as the credit crunch is making the future look decidedly dicey for London residents who’d be subject to the fee on a daily basis.

    The stats show that the charge has reduced congestion and traffic accidents (although apparently not by enough to meet targets, or as much as might have been expected), so if it does end up being scrapped, it can be written off as at least a partial success. There’s been no definitive yay-or-nay answer on the subject yet, but it’s good that Boris’s office is consistently looking to the future to see whether changes can be made.

    Is this the right move? Will these efforts really shore up the economy, or is it likely to have a limited effect (if at all)?


    Random and Competing Forces of Nature

    December 18, 2008

    borishairNo, that’s not what determines the legislation that comes out of the Mayoral office — it’s how good ol’ BoJo described his barnet upon winning an award for best celebrity hair this week.

    And rightly so. We here at BorisWatch towers have always been rather a fan of Boris’s do — in fact, several of our interns sport an identical cut — and so we feel the only question to be asked is why he didn’t win it sooner.

    On a side note… the two ‘most offensive’ haircuts in the country apparently belong to Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross. Now we’d hate to cast aspersions about the validity of the results (especially given that we can kind of see where the pollsters are coming from), but I’m sure we’re not the only ones who suspect a wee bit of political voting creeping into the mix. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course… if anything, it proves that Boris is popular with the voting public — albeit with the possible exception of barbers.

    What do you think? Will we see a plethora of thatched-roof style haircuts being paraded around the country by this time next week? Or is Boris’s style really one of a kind?

    An Open Letter to Boris Johnson

    December 15, 2008

    Dear Boris,

    Now, you know how we feel about you here at BorisWatch towers. We think you’re great. Really. Generally speaking, we think your policy decisions are marvellous, and as for your hair… well, it really is something spectacular. In fact, we’re hard-pressed to think of a time where we haven’t seen fit to laud your accomplishments and generally sing your praises.

    But you don’t half make it hard for us sometimes.

    We like the fact that you keep a very prominent public profile. It makes it easy (and fun!) to write about you, and we like having the Mayor of our nation’s capital be able to match wits with intellectual heavyweights like Jeremy Clarkson. We were even willing to forgive you for the poor laptime you gave on your last stint on Top Gear. We defended you to our friends down the pub. The sun was in his eyes, we said. He must have been ill, we said. You finished in 1m56s. We can’t go back to that pub anymore.

    But still, we forgave you. We almost managed to forget it, even, to scrub it from our memories the way it deserved, to keep your Adonis-like perfection intact in our minds. Then you went and did this:

    Boris Johnson on Top Gear.

    1m57s, Boris. You’re slower than Michael Parkinson. You’re slower than Tom Jones. You’re slower than Helen Mirren, and she’s the closest thing they could get to having the actual Queen driving round the track.

    We just don’t know what to think, Boris. We want to hope that you’ll do better next time — if there is a next time — but it’s hard to keep dreaming.

    Please don’t keep doing this to us.

    Yours, with a strange (and unfamiliar) feeling of disappointment,

    The Staff of BorisWatch Towers

    PS. The interview was great.

    Boris Goes Electric

    December 6, 2008

    Good Ol’ Boris has always had a strong position on environmental issues, specifically when it comes to cutting down on the emissions from the capitals cars — he’s famous for promoting the benefits of cycling, as well asdemonstrating the ecological benefits of the congestion charge — but, after a recent appearance on Top Gear, it seems he’s been turned on (no pun intended) to the benefits of the electric car.

    In his column in the Telegraph, Boris has pointed out that the electric Mercedes he was allowed to drive after completing his lap for the show’s ‘Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car’ segment in a Chevrolet Lacetti ran rings around the competition. Quoth Boris:

    As they have discovered on Top Gear, electric cars are not just glorified milkfloats these days. There is already something out there called the Tesla, which can apparently do 125mph and go for 250 miles without needing to have its batteries recharged.

    Such was the extent of this epiphany that Boris has pledged to keep his family car (a Toyota that, had it been a beloved family pet instead of a people carrier, would have been put down long ago) for as long as it takes for viable electric cars to hit the market. After all, at a penny a mile and with zero emissions, he’s right when he says there’s a definite economic benefit to stepping up research, and his prediction that (like mobile phones) electric car batteries will become the norm within ten or so years seems pretty spot-on.

    The episode is due to air this Sunday on BBC Two at 8pm. After his last — and, it has to be said, very poor — laptime on the track, will you be tuning in to see if he redeems himself? Or are his opinions about the future of the electric car more interesting to you?

    Evening, Commissioner

    December 4, 2008

    We here at Boriswatch Towers have previously reported on the kerfuffle that emerged between Boris and Sir Ian Blair. With Blair’s resignation and soon-to-be departure from the role, however, we assumed that any bad blood between the two would fade away, to be replaced with a professional courtesy and sense of goodwill.

    Oh, how wrong we were.

    On his last day as Commissioner, Sir Ian has brought out the vitriol in an interview with the Telegraph, in which he seemingly accuses the Mayor of using his political clout for personal reasons in an attempt to oust him from office. Why? Merely because Blair has been a controversial figure and has been in the public eye, rather than for any actual wrongdoing.

    Now, OK, we can kind of see his point: it’s very hard not to be a little bit controversial if you’re head of the Metropolitan Police. Still, have any of his predecessors had as much negative press attention as Sir Ian? Have any of them had so many press-described ‘blunders’? We can’t think of any, certainly, and while we’re not suggesting that Blair did a terrible job in office, there’s certainly reasons for him to have bumped heads with Boris that don’t include the political backbiting and Machiavellian machinations he seems to be implying.

    There’s no word on whether or not Boris will be giving a response on this, but either way, there seem to be few people clamouring for Sir Ian to reconsider. Is his departure a good thing for London’s police? Was he as inept as the media often claimed? Should Boris have tried to put his reported personal difficulties aside to work with Blair, or is he better off with a new Commissioner who better matches his vision for London?

    2012 Olympics: Breaking News

    A reputable news source has recently reported that Boris has officially claimed we’re ready for the 2012 Olympics… right now, in fact. How does next week sound?

    No, not really. As much as I’m sure Boris would like to be ready almost four years in advance, I think that’s asking just a little bit much from our mayor of only six months.

    Still, as the clamour of voices looking for a Games on a Budget gets ever-louder, with the Times calling for an Austerity Olympics out of respect (and, seemingly, fear) for the violence currently raging in Pakistan, topped off with the pressure of providing a comparable spectacle to Beijing ‘08, it’s nice to see that people are still able to look at the games (and, of course, our own, inimitable Boris) with a sense of humour.

    What do you think?

    Boris’s Christmas Gift

    December 2, 2008

    As it’s getting to that festive time of year again (not that you’d know it, given that most places have had Christmas decorations up since before Hallowe’en), many people have started to consider a seasonal break to our nation’s capital. Boris, of course, is well in favour of that… so much so that he’s announced a £3.25 million campaign to encourage folks to visit London this December. Given the current economic downturn, this can only be a good thing — like it or not, parts of the city need tourism to function properly, and it’s a multi-million pound industry when things are going well. Putting money into the system when it seems to be flagging in hopes of catching the tide of Christmas shoppers or people just looking for a seasonal West End show is a wise investment, and shows that Boris (contrary to what some people might think) does have a pretty shrewd head on his shoulders.

    Is London a good place to visit? Will it benefit from this cash injection, or is it just a waste of money?



    11/07/2008 12:23 PM Guardian Unlimited

    Diplomats deserve asbo for London congestion charge snub, says Boris Johnson

    11/07/2008 12:23 PM Guardian Unlimited
    London Mayor Boris Johnson on the balcony of his offices at City Hall. Photograph: Richard Saker Boris Johnson has criticised the US ambassador to Britain for failing to pay any congestion charges in London for the last three years and said he would
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