"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Gilded Goldsmith - but very heavily tarnished ....

BBC Radio 4 Profile (listen here - available for 7 days) has Guradian columnist and legal writer Marcel Berlins with his beautifully clear, sharp yet mellifluous voice , profiling the hopeless, incompetent, and sinister Attorney General Lord Goldsmith - who amazingly the listener is told, could, before he embarked on his political career, earn £1 Mn a year at the commercial bar.

What will linger in the mind after listening to this excellent, brief introduction , apart from the evident lies he told over the illegal Iraq invasion, and the lies he told the House of Lords over suspending action over BAe's bribery in Saudi Arabia ,was Francis Wheen's story about how this very bright, Jewish solicitors sone from Liverpool, who followed John Lennon to attend Quarry Bank School, ever got embroiled in New Labour politics.

Apparently Tony Blair's , sxhoolboy friend, one time bedmate and flatmate, Charlie Falconer (of Fountain Court Chambers as is Goldsmith ) and Helena Kennedy of Doughty St. Chambers in 1997 organised a £100 plate dinner at the swish, expensive River Cafe, for Labour supporting lawyers. Apparently Goldsmith (then Chairman of the Bar) made such a fuss and threw such a tantrum on being asked for £100 that he demanded to be sat next to Tony Blair. Which he was.

Eventually he was, and spent the evening schmoozing with Tony (whom he had never previously met ) - 2 years later he was ennobled and made (the unelected) Attorney General.

Helena (pic) was transformed into Baroness (Lady) Kennedy of The Shaws and Charlie into Lord Falconer of Thoroton and of the Millenium Dome in double quick time. He was also transformed into the Lord Chancellor (via Solicitor General) and warmed his ample bottom on the Woolsack - which as Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor he does no longer... but his arse and jowls have not ceased their astonishing growth.

The picture is by Feliks Topolski of Fountain Court - the spot in Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit where John Westlock declared his love for Ruth Pinch. Chapter 45

" Whether there was life enough left in the slow vegetation of Fountain Court for the smoky shrubs to have any consciousness of the brightest and purest-hearted little woman in the world, is a question for gardeners, and those who are learned in the loves of plants. But, that it was a good thing for that same paved yard to have such a delicate little figure flitting through it; that it passed like a smile from the grimy old houses, and the worn flagstones, and left them duller, darker, sterner than before ....."


sam_m said...

Feliks Topolski is famous in my country, both as a war artist and for his portraiture (though he never saw out the century). Dunno 'bout the rest of them though, sound like a bunch of shysters.

sam_m said...

And another thing. I've just listened to your R4 link.
Marcel Berlins, in his profile of Peter Goldsmith, refers to his decision to stop the investigation into bribes by BAE to various Saudi citizens.
The announcement, according to The Times was made by Lord Goldsmith. In today's Sunday Torygraph he denies that it was his decision. Why is the Attorney General making statements on behalf of the Director of the SFO?? is it that after consulting the PM and the Defence Sec. his thinking has become too detached??

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish