It is reported that David Cameron is to attend the secretive Bilderberg conference on the “company’s time” and no – we are not going to be allowed to know what will be discussed.
A Downing Street spokesman has confirmed that the prime minister had been invited to the Bilderberg meeting in Hertfordshire as, indeed, have other leading politicians – including Kenneth Clarke, George Osborne, Lord Mandelson and Ed Balls,
According to the official blurb Bilderberg meetings are a forum for “informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world”.
If it is all so innocent then why the need for secrecy?
Founded in May 1954, Bilderberg is said to be an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America with between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and media attending.
The Downing Street source claimed that Cameron “feels it is an opportunity to discuss economic issues with senior ministers, businesspeople and academics.”
Meanwhile Bilderberg insiders maintain that the topics to be discussed at its 2013 meeting include economic growth, cyber warfare, medical research trends, Middle East developments and EU politics.
Curiously, the Downing Street source reportedly indicated that No 10 would not be providing a summary of Mr Cameron’s discussions to the media – whilst denying that secrecy was a departure from the prime minister’s pledge to “lead the most transparent government in the world”.
The source added: “the prime minister regularly has meetings with key ministers from other countries and with business people and others as part of his job,”
Amazingly, Downing Street is alleged to have claimed in respect of the conference agenda: “We have advanced the fact that he is doing this today. It is not as though he has gone to do this without telling anyone about it.” – which some may interpret as “mind your own business”.
All of which begs a very interesting question: If this conference is merely only a forum for advancing and debating general ideas and trends then why the overriding requirement that its deliberations be kept secret?
If open government means anything at all then it means fully informing the public as to the activities, deliberations and input of this country’s senior politicians – they, after all, work for us!