Contemplating the awesome power of the status quo and the enormous momentum behind the trends of the age and the business as usual attitudes driving them have always been a cause for despair among those who have glimpsed that the world is good, the nature is abundant and that there is a better way. The strategic thinkers among these precious few have a harder time because they can see the obstacles in their path.
Yet societies do change. And the adventure of civilisation, despite its fluctuating trajectories and its dark ages is a story of ever increasing enlightenment for more and more people. Millions of people today live better and longer lives than any of the kings or emperors of former times. So despair is not an option. But empowerment[i] is. The task ahead is to empower a whole nation. Empowerment is what Grameen is all about. How is such a thing possible? Like Yunus, by believing in People and in teachers.
The way ahead is to campaign against new generations growing up with constitutional and monetary ignorance. The measure of success will be in the degree to which teachers take up the new monetary ideas and teach them in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges from newly-written text books designed for this purpose.
The professions have a key role to play. Eventually the professional journals will start to carry articles that reflect monetary reality and lawyers and accountants will begin to graft them onto their own professional practices. It is time to leave the age of science and enter a new age of engineering.[ii]. The Good Scientist interrogates Nature with his mechanical devices but with little thought to the purpose to which his or her discovery might be put. The Good Engineer solves problems With a society in the Natural State he or she solves the problems that benefit Real People in the Real Economy.
Modern digital technology provides opportunities that our forefathers could not even dream of. What took our forefathers centuries…the abolition of slavery, the establishment of the National Trust, the creation of a political party for ordinary people, sex equality and so on, we can achieve in decades…perhaps even in just one or two decades. The awesome power of computers can be harnessed . The power of hundreds of energy slaves can be at everybody’s elbow. Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, social networks, digital money; these are just the tip of the iceberg. The world has barely begun to realise the potential of the digital revolution.
There is regenerative power in the political structures that have evolved in this country over the centuries. One of England’s greatest strengths is the redundancy and complexity of its interlocking governance structures. Kings can be replaced and new aristocratic blood-lines imported. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 when the Stuarts were replaced with the House of Orange is one example. Power can be diverted to The Lords Spiritual ruling over a disestablished Church of England. Both the Archbishop of Canterbury and Prince Charles have floated the idea of a new English Church that would be a church of all the faiths. What fun they would have, this colourful kaleidoscope of bishops, immans and rabbis, disputing amongst themselves over hundreds of urban and rural parishes. It is possible to empower the Lords Spiritual. God will surely be on their side.
And what use are the Nobility? Not a lot, you might say, and you might be right. But does it need to be so? The Lords Temporal Have a vital role to play. The aristocracy can rediscover its noblesse oblige and find something more useful to do than adorning the letter heading of charities and corporations. Perhaps their Sovereign should command them to abandon the Great Wen and return to their Country Estates. The Privy Council and the Lord Lieutenants of the Counties can be reinvigorated and empowered. Why not give Prince Charles[iii] the task of master-minding England’s energy infrastructure makeover?
Bur most of all are the politicians. The political process must be reinvigorated with the power of the Westminster Parliament reinstated and its elected members once again at the heart of governance in this country. Parliament must regain its sovereignty and its rightful place as the corner stone of the constitutional settlement of The King in Parliament.
One of G. B. Shaw’s little known plays is The Apple Cart. It is time this was performed at the National Theatre. The play begins with the king refusing to sign a bill that the leader of the ruling Labour Party had forced through Parliament on a three-line whip. A constitutional crisis is avoided when the king announces that he would stand for Parliament. Unfortunately this never happens because the Prime Minister backs off once he realises that he is heading for certain defeat. But how could Shaw miss this golden opportunity that Gilbert and Sullivan took in their stride in Iolanthe? What fun it would have been if the King’s Party had been elected to govern the country.
Why not carry on where Shaw left off by inventing a King’s Party. compleat with a party leader by the name of King Charles III and a party manifesto with a 20-point national programme[iv] and an 8-point local one[v]. After that arrangements could be made for William of Salisbury to write a letter to the Prince of Wales offering him the job. The Dear Charles letter from a loyal and obedient subject might go something like this:
‘In the first years of your reign, perhaps earlier, perhaps coincident with your coronation, the financial edifice upon which the prosperity of your realm now resides will collapse thrusting your country and your subjects into chaos. From this chaos will arise either a greater chaos allied with catastrophe, famine, plague and war or a revolution, from which some tyrant or military junta will emerge. I wish you to have available a fourth option in addition to chaos, tyranny or military rule. The King’s Party represents this fourth way; the truly radical way for a free people…the way of Aristocratic Populism.
Your first task will be to dissolve parliament and call a general election. The Royalists will have ready a candidate to declare for you in each constituency. It is my hope that lords, bishops, mayors and those most respected in their local communities will join the king’s cause and volunteer for their country. This will not be the time for politics as usual. Exceptional wisdom will be called for.
Upon the election of a majority of Royalist candidates to your lower house, you will make two announcements. First you will call upon a first lord of the treasury and a foreign secretary to serve with you in a cabinet. Secondly you will announce the date of a second and final election to Parliament and issue a press release containing details of the manifesto of the Royalists at that election. This will consist of just five words: ‘We propose to abolish parliament’. The King’s Party’s Declaration, as it will be known, will be designed for a five-year parliamentary term of transition. The programme could be carried out over a shorter period were you to deem this expedient.
The task of your first lord will be to implement the election manifesto and establish a culture of political independence throughout your realm ready to take upon itself the power returned to it from central government during the transition years.
The task of your foreign minister will be to dispatch the wisest elders from your realm as ambassadors to foreign capitals to explain the royalist intentions and to appoint delegates to the various Hanseatic Royalist Confederations. For part of your royalist programme will be to establish our elected supporters among all the parliaments of the great lakes region of Europe. That power of ‘action’ and ‘being’ which is devolved must needs be balanced by other power of ‘mind’ and ‘becoming’ that is dispersed about a wider perimeter.
Your own task will be to carry out the duties required of you by your British constitution and in your royalist manifesto; to secure the loyalty of your men of arms; to exhort the highest virtues in your lords temporal in their administration of the king’s justice throughout your realm; to direct your lords spiritual to works of charity and to the affairs of the human spirit; and to make ready your privy council for government upon the abolition of parliament.
You will also carry upon your shoulders the heavy burden for engendering a sense of continuity and a mood of optimism among your subjects and an aura of competence and invincibility among those outside of your realm who might seek to exploit the turbulence of these troubled times.
Finally I would suggest that it is not necessary to await financial collapse or administrative chaos before implementing these proposals, except in so far as your subjects may not feel ready to admit of the four alternatives here presented.
The matter of timing is of the essence. This only you should decide. We stand ready to do our duty and your bidding.
Given the manner in which the House of Windsor-Battenburg[vi] ascended the English Throne in preference to any of a couple of dozen other European royal houses like the Stuarts or the Tudors or the House of Orange etc., it is unlikely that their bloodline is anything out of the ordinary.[vii] But in practice it really does not matter because they have ancestral links to King Arthur.[viii]
Just as the Sovereign is more than the King…’The King is dead! Long live the King!’…so the Monarchy is more than any one particular Royal House. One of the problems with Monarchy, as Tony Benn correctly points out, is not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh, or even the Royal Family but the hordes of hangers-on and the way the social structure of the country is distorted by Monarchy. Tawney applied much the same argument to the English Public Schools…and, were he alive still, he would be disappointed at the Labour Party’s failure to abolish them.
However this is not a problem of Monarchy because Republican States have similar problems. Ask the French and the Americans about the reality of their imperial presidencies. Montesquieu argued that a decentralised aristocracy with primogeniture was a good thing and that Aristocratic Populism with their roots in their landed estates and guided by a noblesse oblige guaranteed a benevolence system of governance. He was not the first or the last to notice that a decentralised landed gentry constrained by good laws…like Magna Carta and the Common Law…with an honest judiciary and a high-minded priesthood looking out for justice and charity had its advantages.
But in England the Monarchy comes with a 1000 years of Monarchical Tradition. Much of this is imperial theatre but not all of it. The guilds and the ancient orders may turn out to have important roles to play in the future. They deserve to be treated with reverence. [ix]
The rich and the powerful are unlikely to welcome our proposals. They have grown fat over the years and they have closed their minds. But their children are a different matter and so it is to them we must turn. The greatest contribution that this country can make to the elimination of world poverty is to shut down the City of London by allowing its international mints and exchanges to atrophy.
Earlier this year a two-page memo was leaked from the London Mayor’s Office with some suggestions about the favours Londoners might trade in return for their cheap Venezuelan oil. It makes for interesting reading. Top of the list is access to London’s CCTV and Genetic Fingerprinting expertise. Other ideas are how to operate a city’s security and public order systems; how to integrate and manage overground traffic; how to route buses; how to limit carbon dioxide emissions and how to develop adult education programmes.
Direct Barter between London and Venezuela was also agreed. Venezuela supplies diesel to London’s 8000 buses at 40% below market price…with BP or Shell responsible for delivery. But then the mayor was voted out of office and the new Tory Mayor kicked the agreement into the long grass. But not before someone wrote a spoof agreement between the President of Venezuela[x] to the Mayor of London[xi] that makes interesting reading.[xii]
London and the South East should be regarded as a disaster area and given public funds to reinvent itself providing goods and services for itself in the first instance and then for the rest of these offshore islands. By 2034 the City Region of London could be self-sufficient. The rest of the country and the rest of the world can start immediately removing their subsidies for this parasitic and cancerous growth on the face of the planet. It should begin by thinking of itself as a Transition City Region. Half the people on the planet live in cities. Over the next two or three decades post-Olympics 2012 London could become a beacon to the scores of other Megacities on the planet. There has been a lot of scale testing taking place over the past few decades…Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Stockholm to name just three in Europe. They can show the way. But London is ten times their size.
Outside of the London City Region there are two distinct classes: the Middle Classes and the aspiring Middle Classes. Perhaps the most urgent need is to bring them together into one nation. At present there are two nations divided by property. This may be where Public Credit will find its first client. We live in a nation where the economy of the households in one half pays rent to a landlord and are given public credit to do so. It goes through the governments books at district council level and at the national lever under the name of housing benefit. It is Public Credit that dare not say its name.
In the other half of the nation there are homeowners with mortgages who pay their rents, not to landlords but to banks and building societies and receive no public credit. The first task of public credit should be to facilitate the transformation of this bizarre two nation household economy and blend it into one nation of social business men and women. It can be done.
Wherever we look we see the same disparities, the same two nations…health care, pensions, care for the elderly. If Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone could find ways to address the problem of mid-Victorian England then it is not beyond the wit of our generation, with the affluence of our Age of Plenty to address the problems of late-Elizabethan England.. The reinvention of the money system is the sine qua non for such an undertaking.
Once again R.H. Tawney is the key to the door. Tawney believed in people and in politics. But above all he believed in Education. Throughout his life he worked tirelessly to promote the idea that the workers could be educated and that until they were educated there could never be a society in which anyone…the rich man in his castle or the poor man at his gate could aspire to The Good Life. He believed in Education, education and education…the education of the young in schools, the education of adults through adult education, and the continuing education of a whole nation by reading and learning, by societies and journals. His legacy is the largest institution for lifelong learning in this country: the Workers Educational Association. We too must build well upon these foundations and bring lifelong learning into the digital age.
[i] Twenty five years ago I held a position as an assistant professor of early childhood education at Wheelock College in Boston…one of the top teaching training colleges in the USA. Together with Professor Edgar Klugman, who bravely took upon himself the task of steering our courses through the Curriculum Committee, we designed and taught courses on empowerment. Teachers learned how to empower themselves so that they knew how to empower the children they taught.
[ii] It was a philosopher C.H. Waddington who wrote a book entitled the Scientific Attitude. It was, he claimed, the attitude of Twentieth Century Man. The philosophers of today have not yet seen that one among them needs now to write a book entitled The Engineering Attitude. When he does so he will be writing in the second decade of the twenty first century and by then he will be able to see that this was to be the attitude of Twenty First Century Man. The Engineering Attitude just like the Scientific Attitude of which Waddington wrote is not synonymous with either the Business of Science or the attitude of the individual scientist. It is more in the way of a metaphysics with which to approach the everyday world. It is important that the idea of the Engineering Attitude is understood in this manner. I do not mean that Tomorrow’s Car Company will be run by engineers or that Finance and Marketing or Profits or Balance Sheets will be discarded. Instead I mean that a Car Company that is permeated with the Engineering Attitude will approach the world with the collective mindset of the Good Engineer. This in turn means that he will deal with the world as it is presented to him not by means of some theory of it and he will use the principles of good engineering design to develop a solution to specific changes that he believes to be needed. If I were to contrast the Engineering Attitude with the Scientific Attitude then in a phrase I would say that the Engineering Attitude concerns itself with Feasibility and Desirability – the Scientific Attitude only with Feasibility. The Engineering Attitude is interested in how a particular system, be it a physical system, a social system, a myth system or a metaphysical system will be used in the real world. It is interested in its impact. It builds in safety factors and concerns itself with making sure the system works all the time. The Scientific Attitude, particularly since the recent introduction of the Quantum Heresy, is interested in making general statements about how a particular domain of reality works most of the time. It has created enormous devastation during this century as this attitude has been applied to the Science of Matter. The Scientific Attitude is now penetrating into the Science of Life and in the next century, if it is not restrained, it will force its microscopes and telescopes into the Science of the Human Spirit itself. The Scientific Attitude is fundamentally inhuman. The Engineering Attitude in contrast is humane. It seeks flow and form and balance. Unlike the Scientific Attitude it does not merely seek to produce effects but it seeks to be useful. This is a profound difference. The Scientific Attitude destroys life. The Engineering Attitude enhances life.
[iii] Prince Charles is a really good guy who is doing lots of good work. He is well informed and his articles have been published in several left wing political journals such as Fourth World Review. His Princes Trust was originally created to provide small £500 to £1000 grants…and lots of them…to the poor and underprivileged. It could be expanded with its administration decentralised as an ingenious way to introduce Grameen banking principles into the UK. Charles and Yunus would work well together. Charles is very threatening to those who believed in a One World State because he represents an excellent example of Good Monarchy which at its best represents the people against merchants, financiers, governments and bureaucrats. This was the stance Charles I took and lost his head for his trouble. I have been predicting an avalanche accident for the never-to-be Charles III for some years. Now the succession is in place with his son in the Privy Council and a wife in waiting…see Hello and OK magazines…to ensure the succession, the coming skiing season is a particularly dangerous time for him.
[iv] Here is the King’s Party 20-point national programme…dated 12th May 1988 so inflation to be added:
1. Guaranteed Income of £ 100 per person per week of public issue effective immediately. Programme for issuing authority to be at village and urban parish level by Year Five.
2. Establishment of Common Property Commission immediately
3. Establish of Debt and Usury Commission immediately
4. Establishment of Trusts and Corporations Commission immediately
5. Establishment of Farm and Food Commission immediately
6. Repeal of every legislative act of all parliaments immediately
7. Repeal of all rights other than personal property rights and common law rights immediately
8. Registration of all private property as personal property within 12 months (but note legal distinctions of societas, universitas etc.)
9. Programme for the election of Common Property, Debt & Usury and Equity Commissioners in each constituency after 12 months
10. Programme for the reconstruction or abolition of all corporations, trusts and other joint private enterprises by Year Five
11. Increase bank deposit ratio to 20% immediately. Issue public money to replace private bank deposit money at 20% per year until 100% money economy by Year Five
12. Abolish central government taxation after 12 months
13. Remove central government control of military regiments after 12 months
14. Common Property Commission to dispose of one fifth of common property to competent receivers each year and to be operating on a county basis by Year Five
15. Establish Home & Rent Commission in each village and urban parish and transfer all un-dwelled residential dwellings to them as competent receivers from the Common Property, Debt & Usury and Equity Commissions after 12 months
16. Issue gold and silver coinage to replace the National Debt and introduce a wealth tax levied in a way that exempts nine out of ten households from taxation at all times.
17. Debt & Usury Commissioners to treat as ‘fully paid up’ all loans for which repayment has exceeded ‘principal plus thirty percent’ issuing public money to clear surplus indebtedness
18. On reaching their eighteenth birthday each woman to be given a home without encumbrance from existing housing stock
19. On reaching their eighteenth birthday each man to be given five acres and a cow and freedom to build upon their land
20. Establish a Royal Order of Master Gardeners
[v] Here is the King’s Party 8-point local programme …dated 12th May 1988 so inflation to be added:
1. Right to the Seven Securities of Old Age.
2. Right to celebrate at solstices & equinoxes
3. Master Cowmen, Master Shepherds and Master Woodmen to be responsible to their guilds for the welfare of cows and sheep and the management of woodlands in rural parishes
4. Utilities Board to deliver village and urban parish self-sufficiency in water, sewage, rubbish, heating and electricity by Year Five
5. Bailiwick bonds as the mechanism for local savings
6. Agrarian Justice as the mechanism for social security
7. Tithing (days per household per year) to meet community, harvest and militia duties
8. Un-dwelled farmland to be allotted to foreigners subject to agreed terms & conditions
[vi] The accusations seem to lack all credibility but they cannot just be dismissed but need to be addressed. One particular problem associated with the House of Windsor is that many people believe in one or several of the conspiracy theories proliferating over the internet. The origin of aspects of quite a few of them can be traced to a journal entitled Economic Intelligence Review published in the 1970s and 1980s with its associated Franklin Publishing House. It has connections in both America and Germany and has Lyndon LaRouche as its front man who ran for the US Presidency on several occasions before being locked up for credit card fraud to keep him out of the limelight. LaRouche’s conspiracy theories place the House of Windsor at the top of the conspiratorial heap and trace their evil deeds to the Opium Wars of yesteryear and the Drug Running of today. Over the past few decades LaRouche has slipped into the shadows and his organisation seems to have cleaned up its act by channelling its ideas through internet sites. The LaRouchies lacked credibility in the 1980s when they used Nazi black-shirt tactics at Harvard University to shout down Carl Sagan and handed out leaflets at America’s airports but LaRouche’s own writings are interesting. Schiller is his hero and a German economist by the name of Friedrich List, a disciple of Riemann, is his economic guru. I have yet to study Riemann and List properly…but a review of List’s Outlines of American Political Economy by The Economist (gung-ho on free trade and globalisation) in 1927 had the British-imperial free-trade doctrines and the ‘American System of economics…which was later to guide Germany and Japan’ as opposing economic theories.
[vii] Bloodlines matter to the Nobility. They all have them. Several European royal houses even trace their blue blood back to Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene. I was once told that nearly everyone alive in England can trace their bloodline back to Henry VIII, not because he was a prolific producer of offspring, but because that is the way the arithmetic works. Perhaps we all have divine blood in our veins? Dan Brown did not have to do much research for the Da Vinci Code because it had all been done for him. So much so that he was hauled up before a judge in the Old Bailey to defend himself against plagiarism. He won. The evidence is credible and the notion intriguing.
[viii] According to the Rudmin Thesis, King Arthur was Cerdic Vreich-Vraz or Caradoc Armstrong and on the continent the Latin version of his name where the legend proliferated was Artus (derivatives: articulus and arturus)…he of the pokey elbow. King Arthur founded the Kingdom of Wessex around 500 AD and ruled it as a cosmopolitan buffer state binding together the Kelts & Saxon settlers to keep the marauding Norsemen at bay. His strategic masterstroke was to employ Saxon shipbuilders with his success due to a strong navy and commercial ties to Brittany. It is strange that it is his legendary Knights of The Round Table that are remembered. No matter. It is a damn good story whatever the truth of it all.
[ix] It is unlikely to have been an accident that The Order of The Garter was established a few months after the comet arrived in 1348 bringing the Black Death in its wake. Our generation might well choose to establish a similar order to preserve the memory of our own high culture if it believed it was to be wiped out. Earlier this year Prince Charles’ eldest son, William was inducted into the order by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and took his place on the Privy Council.
[x] Hugo Chávez served in the military for seventeen years before his failed coup in 1992 put him in a Venezuelan jail for two years. An admirer of Fidel Castro his election to the Presidency of Venezuela in 1999 sent alarm bells ringing in Washington. Over in Outer Darkness amidst the Moral Majority, the TV Evangelist and Right-wing Republican Pat Robertson suggested that the CIA should ‘take out’ Senor Chávez after his well-publicised remarks that ‘Capitalism leads us straight to hell’ and ‘The USA brought 9/11 on itself with its imperial foreign policy’. These are hardly newsworthy utterances in a South American context. But then Venezuela has oil…and the USA has an Oil Addiction.
[xi] Ken Livingston was trained as a teacher but entered politics at an early age. After a successful coup in 1982 he took over the leadership of the Labour Group on the Greater London Council. Margaret Thatcher was so horrified that in 1986 she abolished his parliament and sold off County Hall…a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament…to a Japanese Hotel Consortium. The Sun liked to refer to him as ‘the most obnoxious man in Britain’ Red Ken won the nomination to be the Labour Party MP for Brent one of the largest constituencies in London. Then in 2000 despite…or because of…being disowned by Labour Party’s apparatchiks and thrown out of the Labour Party he became Mayor of London…effectively for the second time. The Sun is right. He is an old-style Socialist. Our Socialist London Mayor believes that western foreign policy is responsible for breeding Islamic Terrorism. He is on record as saying that ‘worldwide capitalism kills more people every day than Hitler did’…qualified of late with the remark ‘and he was crazy’ to avoid inflaming the Holocaust Defence League. The thing that really got Margaret Thatcher’s goat was Red Ken’s insistence that London needed to talk to the IRA because the IRA were bombing the place.
[xii] ‘Great to meet with you in London and get up to speed on English affairs. You asked me what you could do to help us here in Caracas. I’ve been watching Malcolm X movies so my initial reaction was to reply ‘Not a lot!’ But well-targeted trade boycotts are always helpful. They helped bring down apartheid although our brothers in the African National Congress (ANC) are not so sure. ‘Hey, brother, we’ve got the state; where’s the power?’ is the latest one doing the rounds. So let’s turn the question around. I have a nice little swap going with Havana. They send me doctors and nurses and I pay them with a hundred thousand barrels of oil a day. But our problem is that your British economy is the same old imperial system it has been for the past three hundred years…ever since the Bank of England Company beat the shit out of the South Sea Company…so you go scouring sub-Saharan Africa for your doctors and go people-trafficking for nurses. But what if I send some diesel fuel for those big six-wheeler scarlet-painted omnibuses of yours? When we chatted about this you liked the idea and took the line that London is one of the richest cities in the world so there must be lots of ways you could pay for it. Well, forgive my scepticism, but ‘Like what?’ I put some people on this and they came back with a 100-page report that says much the same thing. What to do? In London we talked about cities and city economies. Any city with a catchment area of 25 million people should really have its own currency. Typically four out of five economic transactions are between a city’s own citizens and companies. Of course it’s true that London has know-how in finance and education. ‘You name it, we’ve got it,’ you said. ‘There’s nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it…and the price is right. If not we’ll get it cheap from China. They make it, ship it and use the empty ships to take away London’s rubbish.’ There you go again. Frankly we can talk to China ourselves or through our Peruvian friends. But there is something. One of the things we’re trying to do here in Latin America is to build shock absorbers into our societies. You know the sort of things…less centralization, no foreign troops, no military bases, dispersed power and outsourcing, not to Iraq-style sub-sub-sub-sub-contractors, but to users. That’s what the Polish were doing before the Chicago steamroller flattened them…cooperatives we call them. The sort of things the Americans did to you Brits a couple of hundred years ago. Unlike the free-market crusaders we’re pretty quick learners. Before you arrived the backroom boys set up a barter system we call the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). Customers decide for themselves what something is worth instead of letting New York, London or Chicago set the prices. The young Turks think this’ll lead to zones of economic calm and predictability. They tell me that this Fair Trade makes more sense than the Free Trade peddled by The Chicago Boys. Each country gives what it is best at delivering and gets back what it most needs…independent of global prices. As you know one of the unstated aims of disaster capitalism…its most recent phase…is to make capitalism democracy-proof by a programme of Machiavellian economics, pre-emptive shocks and rolling coups. The side effects are the main effects and have shown us that central banking and corporate capitalism are incompatible with liberty and the pursuit of happiness except…and then arguably…for a tiny elite. Crisis opportunism and planned misery are integral to the idea of a One World State of serfs and castles. A good lesson for us. You mentioned education and financial skills. My problem here is that we had a whole generation of our best and brightest destroyed by bundling them off to Milton Friedman indoctrination centres. Anyone who didn’t get the message got disappeared. So I must ask you to stop enticing away our young people. You see we don’t like people trafficking. And we want to improve our ability to block coups not foment them. We also graciously decline your offer of places in your torture training camps for our police and our military. You talked about banks and financial institutions. You have a lot of them in London. Please keep them there. If you allow them to peddle their wares in our backyard then you’ll find yourself even deeper in the Kidnap & Ransom business. Our Colombian friends tell us this is a growth business for The City of London. There is some good news. The IMF is not the power it was. Its eighty billion dollar portfolio is down to ten billion. Only Turkey still borrows. Help us shut it down. Why not take the IBRD and the WTO with it. We don’t need them in Latin America. Nobody needs them. But can you let go? South-east England is a financial disaster area causing economic mayhem around the world by poking its nose into places where it has no business to be. Why not stop it? Clean up your act by 2034. Have London designated a World Transition Region. Get out of the gun-running, money laundering and bullshit business and into something more rewarding. Find something useful to do. Then perhaps you’ll stop fucking us up. Take issue with idiots like Donald ‘I see a boom market in plagues’ Rumsfeld and Dick ‘the real profits are in a future of war’ Cheney. Stop them running amok. You’ll find plenty of Americans…north and south of the Panama Canal…ready to help you. Fraternally Yours. Hugo Chávez.