Over the last few days, I’ve written on the cosy relationship between the media, politicians, industry and how decisions get made in this country and who ultimately benefits from the system.
While chancellor George Osborne was telling us to love the bankers, William Hague was lobbying strongly for oil companies run by Tory donors.
Yesterday I wrote that “City Bankers Provide More Than Half of Conservative Party Funding” and to prove my point the CONservative machine rolled out their heavy hitters.
George Osborne told us all to put aside our feelings of disgust towards the banking sector, and instead love those cuddly, beneficent bankers for the services they provide for humanity.
William Hague’s case was even more interesting, when it was found he personally intervened in a dispute involving two oil companies headed by Conservative Party donors who were refusing to pay tax to one of the world’s poorest countries.
The chief executive of Tullow Oil, Aidan Heavey, donated £10,000 to the Conservatives shortly before the general election last year and was among businessmen who signed a letter attacking Labour Party policy.
Tony Buckingham, the chief executive of Heritage Oil, also donated £50,000 shortly before the general election.
In total, they have donated over £70,000 between them.
Between the two companies, a mind boggling £425 million remains unpaid in taxes.
Not bad for a £70K donation to the tories is it?
To make things more interesting, Mr Buckingham was previously a central figure in the shipping of weapons and men into war-torn African states, securing blood diamonds and gold along the way.
He was a partner in the South Africa-based mercenary firm Executive Outcomes and was a leading figure in Sandline International, which provided troops and arms to the government of Papua New Guinea to quell an uprising.
He was also a close business associate of the Simon Mann, the Old Etonian mercenary, who placed Sir Mark Thatcher (son of Maggie) right at the heart of a plot to overthrow the President of the oil-rich Equatorial Guinea in 2004.
As stated previously, it’s the old connections made as school boys in Eton that serves these individuals for the rest of their lives. Whether you become a media commentator, a politician, an oil man or a mercenary, it really doesn’t matter, whip out that old Eton tie, and doors will open for you.
Perhaps Eton needs to be razed to the ground – it’s clear that it’s a breeding ground for all kinds of extremists.
Who said politics was a dirty business?