Discussion in 'Europe and Russia' started by johnee, May 21, 2012.
Watch the video and give your views.
The usual joos and free masonry..world conspiracy etc etc...somebody please put this in the offtopic and humor section,
Even Texas has its own flag, and blah blah
I specifically want to know whether city of London is sovereign or part of UK and whether district of columbia is sovereign or part of US. Please shed some light on that.
Are those 4 men and their descendants Jewish?
Check this out: District of Columbia voting rights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Interesting find Johnee. Thanks for posting. As little as I know, this video is largely correct w.r.t. DC.
Too technical to fathom the constitutional nuances and rights as a citizen.
The District of Columbia is sovereign or part of US ?
The wiki page says that .....
The District is a federal territory , ultimately under the complete authority of Congress .
U.S. Territories can't Vote in the presidential election , there are few more territories who can't vote , but still they are part of US .
North Carolina did not have a state flag until 1861. When it seceded from the Union, this flag was flown.
This is the North Carolina flag today.
Flag of North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Residents of D.C. elect a representative to the Congress. That representative has no vote in that body, AFAIK.
The wealth Destroyers
The Corporation of the City of London has harmed you more than you know.
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 1st November 2011
Itâ€™s the dark heart of Britain, the place where democracy goes to die, immensely powerful, equally unaccountable. But I doubt that one in ten British people has any idea of what the Corporation of the City of London is and how it works. This, at last, could be about to change. Alongside the Church of England, the Corporation is seeking to evict the protesters camped outside St Paulâ€™s cathedral. The protesters, in turn, have demanded that it submit to national oversight and control(1).
What is this thing? Ostensibly itâ€™s the equivalent of a local council, responsible for a small area of London known as the Square Mile. But, as its website boasts, â€œamong local authorities the City of London is uniqueâ€(2). You bet it is. There are 25 electoral wards in the Square Mile. In four of them, the 9,000 people who live within its boundaries are permitted to vote. In the remaining 21, the votes are controlled by corporations, mostly banks and other financial companies. The bigger the business, the bigger the vote: a company with ten workers gets two votes, the biggest employers, 79(3). Itâ€™s not the workers who decide how the votes are cast, but the bosses, who â€œappointâ€ the voters(4). Plutocracy, pure and simple.
There are four layers of elected representatives in the Corporation: common councilmen, aldermen, sheriffs and the Lord Mayor. To qualify for any of these offices, you must be a freeman of the City of London(5,6). To become a freeman you must be approved by the aldermen(7). Youâ€™re most likely to qualify if you belong to one of the City livery companies: mediaevel guilds such as the worshipful company of costermongers, cutpurses and safecrackers. To become a sheriff, you must be elected from among the aldermen by the Livery(8). How do you join a livery company? Donâ€™t even ask.
To become Lord Mayor you must first have served as an alderman and sheriff and â€œmust command the support of, and have the endorsement of, the Court of Aldermen and the Liveryâ€(9). You should also be stinking rich, as the Lord Mayor is expected to make a â€œcontribution from his/her private resources towards the costs of the mayoral year.â€(10) This is, in other words, an official old boyâ€™s network. Think of all that Tory huffing and puffing about democratic failings within the trade unions. Then think of their resounding silence about democracy in the City of London.
The current Lord Mayor, Michael Bear, came to prominence within the City as chief executive of the Spitalfields development group(11), which oversaw a controversial business venture in which the Corporation had a major stake, even though the project lies outside the boundaries of its authority. This illustrates another of the Corporationâ€™s unique features. It possesses a vast pool of cash, which it can spend as it wishes, without democratic oversight. As well as expanding its enormous property portfolio, it uses this money to lobby on behalf of the banks.
The Lord Mayorâ€™s role, the Corporationâ€™s website tells us, is to â€œopen doors at the highest levelsâ€ for business, in the course of which he â€œexpounds the values of liberalisationâ€(12). Liberalisation is what bankers call deregulation: the process that caused the financial crash. The Corporation boasts that it â€œhandle issues in Parliament of specific interest to the Cityâ€, such as banking reform and financial services regulation(13). It also conducts â€œextensive partnership work with think tanks â€¦ vigorously promoting the views and needs of financial services.â€(14) But this isnâ€™t the half of it.
As Nicholas Shaxson explains in his fascinating book Treasure Islands, the Corporation exists outside many of the laws and democratic controls which govern the rest of the United Kingdom(15). The City of London is the only part of Britain over which parliament has no authority. In one respect at least the Corporation acts as the superior body: it imposes on the House of Commons a figure called the remembrancer: an official lobbyist who sits behind the Speakerâ€™s chair and ensures that, whatever our elected representatives might think, the Cityâ€™s rights and privileges are protected. The mayor of Londonâ€™s mandate also stops at the boundaries of the Square Mile. There are, as if in a novel by China MiÃ©ville, two cities, one of which must unsee the other.
Several governments have tried to democratise the City of London but all, threatened by its financial might, have failed. As Clement Attlee lamented, â€œover and over again we have seen that there is in this country another power than that which has its seat at Westminster.â€(16) The City has exploited this remarkable position to establish itself as a kind of offshore state, a secrecy jurisdiction which controls the network of tax havens housed in the UKâ€™s Crown dependencies and overseas territories. This autonomous state within our borders is in a position to launder the ill-gotten cash of oligarchs, kleptocrats, gangsters and drug barons. As the French investigating magistrate Eva Joly remarked, it â€œhas never transmitted even the smallest piece of usable evidence to a foreign magistrateâ€(17). It deprives the United Kingdom and many other nations of their rightful tax receipts.
By undermining the standards set elsewhere, it has also made the effective regulation of global finance almost impossible. Shaxson shows how the absence of proper regulation in London allowed US banks to evade the rules set by their own government. AIGâ€™s wild trading might have taken place in the US, but the unit responsible was regulated in the City. Lehman Brothers couldnâ€™t get legal approval for its off-balance sheet transactions in Wall Street, so it used a London law firm instead(18). No wonder priests are resigning over the plan to evict the campers. The Church of England is not just working with Mammon; itâ€™s colluding with Babylon.
If youâ€™ve ever dithered over the question of whether the UK needs a written constitution, dither no longer. Imagine the clauses required to preserve the status of the Corporation. â€œThe City of London will remain outside the authority of Parliament. Domestic and foreign banks will be permitted to vote as if they were human beings, and their votes will outnumber those cast by real people. Its elected officials will be chosen from among people deemed acceptable by a group of mediaevel guilds â€¦ â€œ.
The Corporationâ€™s privileges could not withstand such public scrutiny. This, perhaps, is one of the reasons why a written constitution in the United Kingdom remains a distant dream. Its power also helps to explain why regulation of the banks is scarcely better than it was before the crash, why there are no effective curbs on executive pay and bonuses and why successive governments fail to act against the UKâ€™s dependent tax havens.
But now at last we begin to see it. It happens that the Lord Mayorâ€™s Show, in which the Corporation flaunts its ancient wealth and power, takes place on November 12th(19). If ever there were a pageant crying out for peaceful protest and dissent, here it is. Expect fireworks â€“ and not just those laid on by the Lord Mayor(20).
1. Occupy London protest issues demands to democratise City of London | UK news | guardian.co.uk
2. What is the City of London?
3. Elections - City of London Ward elections
4. Elections - City of London Ward elections
7. Elections - City of London Ward elections
8. Sheriffs & Aldermen
15. Nicholas Shaxson, 2011. Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World. Random House, London.
16. Clement Atlee, The Labour Party in Perspective, Gollancz, 1937, p179, quoted by Nicholas Shaxson, as above.
17. Quoted by Nicholas Shaxson, as above.
18. Nicholas Shaxson, as above.
19. Lord Mayor's Show
20. - Reclaim the City
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