“Not to be used as safety barriers” was the warning on the safety barriers that the police laid around the gates of Bilderberg. The officers were firm but fair. “Madam, please step away with the balloons,” they asked a protester, as she waved them angrily at arriving limousine. “But this is my first amendment right,” she howled. I’ll give you my balloons when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.
It’s hard to look furious when you’re holding balloons, but somehow she managed it. There’s a lot of anger in the crowd this year – a great wall of noise met each delegate as they swooped up the hotel drive. Personally, I thought the crowd was a little harsh at times: branding each new arrival “thieving scum!” when, looking at the delegate list, no more than two thirds of those arriving could reasonably be called that.
The official list of participants was released early this year. Praise where praise is due: well done Bilderberg for starting to behave like a grown-up political summit. Good behaviour like this should be given positive reinforcement – I feel like I should ruffle Henry Kissinger’s hair and toss him a meaty treat. Alas, I think I might be dropped by a sniper before I could reach his wheelchair.
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Read more at The Guardian. By Charlie Skelton.
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