The list of people said to be attending the 2008 Bilderberg Conference at the Westfields Marriott Hotel (site of 2002 meeting - when Conrad Black turned up as did Ed Balls) in Chantilly, Virginia, USA ,this week , is available here . Obama and Shrillary have supposed to have visited the meet together this week and agreed on a running mate for Obama.
The UK contingent is small ;
Ken Clarke, Conservative MP (also 1998,2006,2007)
Tom McKillop Chairman, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, bankers to MI5/6/7/8
George Osborne, Conservative MP andShadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (also in 2006)
John Kerr , Baron Kerr of Kinlochard, Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc. since 2002 UK Diplomat from 1966. Executive Member of the Trilateral Commission.
J. Martin Taylor , Chairman, Syngenta International AG. Crop protection 21,000 employees in 90 countries.
As ever folks from the Economist. Vendeline von Bredow (38, said to be a descendant of Otto Von Bismarck) has worked for Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels, where she wrote about politics, business and culture. Later she worked for Merrill Lynch in London and as London correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland and has been the Economist, European Business Correspondent since 2000.
She has told us that she is to have a sabbatical to write a biography of Giovanni Agnelli a frequent Bilderberger.
Adrian D. Wooldridge Foreign Correspondent, The Economist (Like Ken Clarke a frequent visitor) and pal of John Micklethwait See "The Right Nation" Conservative Power in America Penguin ISBN: 1594200203
Visitor , not thought to be Henry Kissinger...
Rachida Data calls to gossip and points out that Manuel Valls 46, the Socialist Mayor of Evry and Deputy for Essonne, big pal of Sarkozy is there, very, very big in French masonry she says, but not invited to join the Government. Author of "The Old School of Socialism"...Pour en finir avec le vieux socialisme... et être enfin de gauche ...the French Left is ill .. a crypto Blairite , he calls himself a Social Liberal, telegenic and young.