The CBI, EEG, ERT and international financial
In his memoirs, former Chancellor Denis
Healey notes that the Confederation
of British Industries (CBI) was “heavily weighted towards the big
international companies” (Healey, p. 382).
This was entirely natural. The CBI is an
industry lobbying organisation set up in 1965 – under the Fabian-Labour
Government of Harold Wilson (former Fabian Society chairman) – to represent
industrial giants like Rothschild co-owned Shell, UK Government co-owned
British Petroleum, Rockefeller-controlled Ford and their associate FIAT.
Tellingly, the CBI’s first director-general
was John Davies, vice-chairman and managing director of Shell-Mex and BP (the Shell-BP marketing venture) (Ratiu, pp.
Healey, of course, had been a leading
member of the 1965 Wilson Cabinet, was a fellow Fabian Society member (and
former member of its executive committee), former chairman of the Fabian
International Bureau, co-founder of the Bilderberg Group, member of its steering
committee, Chatham House councillor and (from 1979) a member of David
Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission alongside the likes of Arthur Knight,
himself a fellow Chatham House councillor, Bilderberg director and member
of the CBI economic committee. Unless he was suffering from some rare case
of blindness and deafness, Healey knew exactly why the CBI was “heavily
weighted towards the big international companies”.
Healey had further opportunity to acquaint
himself with the true origin and nature of the CBI in his capacity as
chairman of the National Economic Development Council (NEDC) – tasked with
balancing the interests of CBI, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Government –
which was in constant touch with these groups and had Geoffrey Chandler, a
Shell executive of over 20 years, as director-general (appointed by Labour
PM and leading member of the Fabian Society, James Callaghan).
As Healey himself informs us, when the
chairman of the Fabian International Bureau, Philip Noel-Baker, became
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1945 under Foreign Secretary Bevin
(himself a former member of the Fabian Society), he surrounded himself with
members of Lord Victor Rothschild’s circle (Healey, p. 107).
While Noel-Baker became chairman of the
Labour Party in 1946 and later Commonwealth Secretary and Minister for Fuel
and Power, Labour peer Rothschild became head of research at Shell and from
1971 to 1974 served as founding director of the Central Policy Review Staff
(CPRS), the cabinet think-tank advising the government.
Thus, not only CBI but Government itself
had close links to Rothschild interests. These links went back to Liberal
and “Conservative” prime ministers like Lord Rosebery
(who was related to Lord Rothschild) and Lord Balfour, who were also
friends of Fabian Society leaders Sidney and Beatrice Webb. Rosebery and Lord Rothschild were among the first
presidents of the Webbs’ London School of
The European Enterprise Group (EEG) was created in 1980 by the CBI.
Its aim was to place individual firms on the policy committees and working
groups of the Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe
(UNICE), becoming directly involved in European Union policy making
(Cowles, M. G., p. 68).
The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) was founded in
1983 by the Belgian diplomat and politician, Viscount Étienne
Davignon and his collaborator Pehr
G. Gyllenhammar, chief executive of Volvo, who served as the ERT’s first chairman.
was a long-time disciple of Paul-Henri Spaak, former president of the United
Nations, president of the Common Assembly of the European Coal and Steel
Community (later European Parliament) and a friend and close collaborator
of the Belgian Rothschilds. Davignon succeeded
Baron Robert de Rothschild as Spaak’s head of
private office in the 1960s, becoming Vice-President of the European
Economic Community Commission and Single Market, Industry and Trade
Commissioner in 1977. Gyllenhammar became a member of Chase Manhattan’s
(the Rockefeller bank) international advisory committee and later
vice-chairman of Rothschild Europe (Ratiu, p. 299).
From inception, the ERT
interlocked with the EEG and the Rockefellers’ Trilateral Commission
through members such as Shell and particularly FIAT, whose president Gianni
Agnelli was a founding-member of the executive
committee of the Trilateral’s European section, a
member of the Bilderberg steering committee, a governor of the Atlantic
Institute and a member of Chase Manhattan’s international advisory
committee (Ratiu, p. 299). From 1990, prominent ERT members have served
within UNICE (van Apeldoorn, pp. 199, 202).
In addition to their
influence on the EU, the above groups have played a prominent role in the
promotion of mass immigration. For example, the vice-chairman of the ERT
from 2006 to 2009 was Trilateral European chairman Peter Sutherland who is
chairman of Goldman Sachs International as well as head of the UN Forum for
Migration and Development and a leading advocate of mass immigration (Sutherland, 15 Jun. 2012;
Sutherland, 20 Jun. 2012; Wheeler, 2012).
CBI director-general Lord Digby Jones has
declared that a cap on immigration would reduce the “flexibility” of the
British labour market (Financial
Times, 4 May 2005). The long-standing British business support for mass
immigration is a generally accepted fact (Boxell &
Boxell, James and Frey, Keith, “Migrants
give boost to public finances,” Financial
Times, 3 Oct. 2010.
Maria Green, “Large Firms and the Transformation of EU Business
Associations: a Historical Perspective,” in Greenwood, Justin, ed., The Effectiveness of EU Business
Associations, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2002, pp. 64-78, cited in Ratiu,
Financial Times, “Figuring out role of migrant
workers,” 4 May 2005.
Healey, Denis, The Time of My Life, London, 2006.
Ioan, The Milner-Fabian
Conspiracy: How an international elite is taking over and destroying
Europe, America and the World, Richmond, 2012.
Peter, “A Constructive Attitude to Migration is a Moral Issue,” Address to
the International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 15 Jun. 2012.
Peter in Select Committee
on the European Union, House of Lords, “Inquiry on Global Approach to
Migration and Mobility, Evidence Session No. 1, Wednesday 20 June 2012,
11.25 am, Witness: Mr Peter Sutherland, QQ 1-34”,
uncorrected transcript, published 22 June 2012.
“The European Round Table of Industrialists: Still a Unique Player?” in
Greenwood, Justin, ed., The
Effectiveness of EU Business Associations, Basingstoke, Hampshire,
2002, pp. 194-205, cited in Ratiu, p. 299.
Wheeler, Brian, “EU should ‘undermine national homogeneity’
says UN migration chief,” BBC News,
21 Jun. 2012.