Category Archives: The City of London

‘OPEN CORPORATES’ open the gates to 834 Royal Charter Companies – the ticket to immunity from prosecution

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www.OpenCorporates.com is this remarkable Open Database of the Corporate World.

This link takes you to 3,059,982 active companies in the UK and reveals 19 different company types. The last one is Royal Charter Company.

This link takes you to 834 Royal Charter CompaniesNearly all were registered on 1 Jan 1981 and comprise:

  1. The Bank of England (1 Jan 1981 – )
  2. Universities and Colleges
  3. Schools and Academies
  4. Banks
  5. The British Broadcasting Corporation
  6. The British Council
  7. Lots of ‘Chartered’ institutes and societies
  8. Hospitals and Lunatic Asylums
  9. Professional Institutes and Institutions
  10. Companies and Societies
  11. Libraries and Museums
  12. Clubs and Associations
  13. Unions, Committees and Councils…

If you are not familiar with the significance of Royal Charters, please click on Royal Charters – the ticket to Immunity from Prosecution. Continue reading

Abolish the City of London Corporation: the size and scale of the Financial lobby revealed

Thanks to this Early Day Motion (EDM), which asks for an inquiry into the abuse of power by the City of London, I learned about the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. It writes:

The size and scale of the Financial lobby revealed

Top Story: The £93m City lobby machine. Read more here.
Analysis: The finance lobby faces its biggest challenge.Read more here.
Bureau Recommends: Conviction ‘at all costs’: police cover-up sees verdicts overturned. Read more here.

The financial lobby exposed  
In the wake of the Barclays Libor scandal, the Bureau published a four-month investigation into the influence of the City on politicians and regulators.
We revealed, for the first time, the size and scale of the financial lobby in a project published in the Guardian newspaper.
Our work showed:

  • The British financial services sector spent nearly £93m lobbying politicians and regulators last year. Read more here.
  • 16% of members in the House of Lords are paid by City firms. Read more here.
  • A cosy relationship between the financial services industry and its regulator. Read more here.
  • How the Square Mile’s local authority, the City of London Corporation, works as a lobbyist. Read more here.
  • How the Big Four accountancy firms have given donations of ‘staff costs’ worth £1.36m since May 2009. Read more here.

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Robin Hood comes to Westminster

On Wednesday February 24th your MP can listen to a Briefing on the Robin Hood Tax.

Go here to contact your MP, especially to sign Early Day Motion 913.

It serves as a register of MPs so that we can check who’s merry and who isn’t!

Former City Boy makes fun of The City

I’ve just seen a German video about Geraint Anderson, a former hippy turned successful banker. His conscience got him to write a column in The London Paper as the City Boy.

He criticizes the people who make money out of money, but doesn’t understand (yet) the really underlying causes.

Still, he dared and dares to criticise and has become persona non grata in The City.