Come out Bilderbergers, your time is up! Those poor Bilderbergers. Poor, poor Bilderbergers. So used to operating under the cover of darkness, away from the glare of media lenses and public scrutiny. Not any more: haha! As the last Mercedes slunk through the Grove gates on Sunday, escorting the final delegate home, I basked in what had been a weekend scoring a twofold triumph.
A triumph in securing - for the first time ever - wall-to-wall mainstream media attendance, subjecting the meeting to serious enquiry and inspection. And a triumph in hosting a peaceful, joyful Fringe event within the Grove grounds which united thousands of concerned citizens, activists and inquisitive Watford locals. This year felt like a sea change in dragging the shadowy cabal's club kicking and screaming into the daylight.
Literally, daylight: the Fringe event housed within a corner of the Grove (made all the more symbolic with the hotel itself in full view on the hill half a mile away) was blessed with a weekend of glorious sunshine beaming down on the attendees reclining on grass, captivated by the line-up of speakers' moving and poignant speeches.
Talking on Saturday were radio broadcaster, Ben Fellows. A former child actor and whistleblower, Fellows suffered abuse at the hands of celebrities and an MP plus had been on the run for seven days having had threats made against his life before speaking. Journalist and longtime Bilderberg exposer, Tony Gosling, Labour MP and Bilderberg critic, Michael Meacher, comedy writer and Guardian Bilderblogger, Charlie Skelton and filmmaker and former institutional child abuse victim, Bill Maloney. Headlining were controversial speakers and Bilderberg researchers, David Icke and Alex Jones.
At one point when the audience caught wind of G4S security's refusal to permit any of the 2000+ outside enter the site (despite plenty of room) there was a rush to the gates with chants of, "let them in! Let them in!" Eventually more were permitted into the grounds however, many still remained outside the gates who had travelled from all over the country and Europe to attend.
I asked Tony Gosling if he thinks this year is a landmark one in cementing awareness, "The Bilderberg Group used to be able to fly under the radar," he explained. "Now there's no chance of them doing that anymore because literally thousands of people over the world are tracking the Bidlerbergers, they realise that this is some kind of evil cult which is actually about power and money. They're accruing money for themselves and they're using the NATO countries and NATO armed forces to breach international law and acquire more wealth. It's a resource war that seems to be going on."
On Sunday, with the Fringe winding down and a hundred or so lining the gates as the delegates left, I questioned a police liaison officer if he'd felt awakened by the event he'd witnessed this weekend. "I've heard a lot of interesting ideas that I'm going to go away and research. I've got a reading list, Agenda 21, Endgame which I'm going to follow up. The one person who really made me sit up and go 'oh my god' was one of the audience, a former stockbroker. He was discussing things I've thought about like who's controlling the energy companies, oil company cartels and the Libor bank scandal and he made me think, yeah actually, as someone who's suffered from the housing crash somebody else should be paying for this but it's the public sector that's being screwed to pay for their mistakes - especially the police, we're being cut."
Indeed, many other police officers commented to me that whilst they'd anticipated an 'angry mob' protest, they were pleasantly surprised at the positive energy and 'summer fete' ambiance of the Fringe which was crime-free.
As one of the Fringe's organisers, when interviewed for a documentary being made by the Hackney Film Festival team I was asked if we'd host another similar event next Bilderberg. I explained that the demand for transparency shouldn't only be an annual thing attributed to this secretive meeting. The collective energy and awakening of consciousness to government, institutional and banking corruption which is presently underway needs to be seized upon and continuously campaigned against.
This weekend was a victory for truthseekers everywhere. Bye bye Bilderbergers, see you in 2014!