The LFIG and Smith Institute – does charity start at home

In the ever
growing scandal exclusively broken by blogger Guido Fawkes, regarding the Smith Institute and its relationship with Gordon Brown,
The Treasury and other elements of Governement, and bearing in mind the ongoing
investigation by the Charity Commissioners, what do you think.

 

The Smith
Institute, a secretive organisation that claims to be a charity, yet appears to
be setting government policy, which is just not on, where members of its board
of trustees also own the Limited Company SI Events that organises its meetings
with and in No.11, over 200 times to date, that also shares the same office and
has the same staff.   

The Offices (and
most of the staff)
are leased to the Smith Institute and SI Events by The New Statesman, owned by
Geoffrey Robinson, the ex paymaster general who lent all that money to Peter Mandleson,
and allegedly put his own fortune into ‘trusts’ in Jersey to avoid tax.

Companies House
tells us that SI Events ltd last filed accounts on
31/03/2006, are ‘small’, but highlighted documents
are not yet ready for inspection. Do I smell tax fiddles as well here? You can
learn more Guido Fawkes here
and a video report from  Ian Dale here

Is there a
conflict of interest, are the people involved with the Smith Institute involved
in forming UK Government policy.

Well, bearing in
mind that many of the directors and members of the Board of Governers at
present sit in the Lords, and sit on key committee’s, I think that it would be
hard to argue that they don’t. 

In recent years
they have had over 200 meetings and seminars held at
No11 Downing St. 
It is known that Gordon Brown has attended some, but not all of
them.  That’s a lot of meetings.

But you
decide.  All of the information below is
available on the Internet, but perhaps you would like to do a little more digging
yourself.

 

 

Shareholders of SI Events Ltd. 

 

Baroness Rendell of Babergh
sits in the House of
Lords for Labour.
 

Better know under
the pseudonym Barbara Vine, she is a mystery
and psychological crime writer,

Specialising in
misperceived communication, chance and the humanness of criminal.

 

 

Baroness
Ramsay of Cartvale
sits in the House of Lords for Labour.
 

Since 2005 she
has been a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which provides
parliamentary oversight of the Secret Intelligence Service.
Annual Reports for 2005 which are currently being suppressed are those
of the Intelligence Services Commissioner and the Interception of
Communications Commissioner, under the Regulation of Investigatory
Powers Act 2000.

 

 

Lord
Haskell (Simon Haskell)

sits in the House of Lords for Labour.

Also on the LFIG
Executive Committee.(see below).  He was
Chairman of the Perrotts Group from 1973-97. He gave £6,000 to the Labour Party
in 2001.  Given life peerage 1993. His
profile on DODS is not available yet?. A member of the Labour Finance and
Industry group, is now the Liaison Peer with the Department of Trade &
Industry and serves on several committees and subcommittees., such as the
sub-committees looking at Science & Society.

 

Baron
Joffe
(Joel Goodman Joffe)
sits in the House of Lords as a Crossbench peer. 

Joel Joffe,
former Deputy Chairman (and one of the founders) of Allied Dunbar Assurance,
gave more than £5,000 to the Labour Party in 1997 and £10,000 in march 2001. He
served on the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care and along with David (now also
Lord) Lipsey, produced a minority report which enabled the Government to ignore
the expensive provision of care recommended by the majority of Commission
members. He was given his peerage in the 1999 New Years Honours list.

 

 

Directors of SI Events Ltd

Robert
Wilfred Stevenson

also a director of The Smith Institute as Wilf Stevenson.
 

Wilf
has overall responsibility for the Institute's programme of research and
events.

Very
little background is available for Stevenson, although his registration at
companies house indicates that he holds 27 other directorships.

 

Konrad Caulkett

Konrad
is responsible for the development of the Smith Institute’s programme of events.
Also works for the Smith Institute.

 

 

Board of Trustees of The Smith
Institute

 

 

The Lord Haskel of Higher Broughton (Chairman) sits in the House of Lords for Labour. 

Also on the LFIG
Executive Committee.(see below). He was Chairman of the Perrotts Group from
1973-97. He gave £6,000 to the Labour Party in 2001.  Given life peerage 1993. His profile on DODS
is not available yet?. A member of the Labour Finance and Industry group, is
now the Liaison Peer with the Department of Trade & Industry and serves on
several committees and subcommittees., such as the sub-committees looking at
Science & Society.


 

Baron
Joffe
(Joel Goodman Joffe)
sits in the House of Lords as a Crossbench peer.

Joel Joffe,
former Deputy Chairman (and one of the founders) of Allied Dunbar Assurance,
gave more than £5,000 to the Labour Party in 1997 and £10,000 in march 2001. He
served on the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care and along with David (now also
Lord) Lipsey, produced a minority report which enabled the Government to ignore
the expensive provision of care recommended by the majority of Commission
members. He was given his peerage in the 1999 New Years Honours list.

 

Baroness Rendell of Babergh
sits in the House of
Lords for Labour.

Better know under
the pseudonym Barbara Vine, she is a mystery
and psychological crime writer,

Specialising in
misperceived communication, chance and the humanness of criminal.

 

Baroness
Ramsay of Cartvale
sits in the House of Lords for Labour.
 

Since 2005 she
has been a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which provides
parliamentary oversight of the Secret Intelligence Service.
Annual Reports for 2005 which are currently being suppressed are those
of the Intelligence Services Commissioner and the Interception of
Communications Commissioner, under the Regulation of Investigatory
Powers Act 2000.

 

 

John Robert Milligan
 

The Director and
major shareholder Ballathie Estates Ltd gave £25,000 to the Labour Party in May
2001. A month after the donation he was appointed as the Chairman of the
Scottish New Deal Advisory Task Force.

He was previously
Chairman of Aberdeen Enterprise Trust and Head Start Aberdeen.

John Milligan
formed Strathclyde Process Engineering in 1973 and Atlantic Power and Gas in
1982, where he remained Chairman until 1998. made about £44m before tax for his
stake in Atlantic Power that he sold in 1998. He is a non-executive Director of
Petroleum Geo-Services (a company floated on the New York Stock Exchange) which
merged with Atlantic Power in 1998. He is also a non-executive Director of
Aberdeen Development Capital. He is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial
Studies at The Robert Gordon University and a long-standing member (including
three years as Chairman) of their Board of Governors, and a sponsor of an
Industry/Education Partnership with
Kincorth Academy.

 

Paul Myners  He is a member of the Court of the Bank of England (director) and a
Trustee of Glyndebourne.

He is a respected
authority on corporate governance. He has compiled influential reports on institutional
investment, pension funds and governance for H.M. Treasury and the Department
of Trade and Industry.  Chairman of the
Guardian Media Group, publisher of the Guardian and Observer newspapers, and
Land Securities Group.

Married to Alison
Myners, a Trustee of The
Royal Academy Trust.

 
 

The
Archbishop of York
, the Right Rev. Dr John Sentamu
 

John Sentamu b. Kampala, Uganda, read law at Makerere University, Kampala, and practised as an advocate of the High
Court of Uganda. Sentamu was appointed a High Court judge in 1973 at the age of
24 by Idi Amin.

He read theology
at
Selwyn College, Cambridge (BA 1976, MA MPhil 1979, PhD 1984), and
trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall,
Cambridge, being ordained a priest in 1979.  On 17 June 2005 the Prime Minister's office announced his
translation to
York as the 97th Archbishop.

A week before his
enthronement he called for a rediscovery of English pride and
cultural identity.

One of Sentamu's favourite
references is to the “Chocolate Trinity” of God-fearing Quaker
capitalists who were involved in developing the chocolate industry.

George Cadbury: “More
than just a sweet man”,  Joseph Rowntree:
…an adventurer to the end of life, forever peering forward, never content
with what had been achieved
“, and Joseph Storrs Fry II (J.S. Fry):
…the very model of the pre-1860 Quaker, with his plain dress a relic
of the past and a reflection of his narrow conservative approach to both
religion and business.

 

Advisory Committee members 2006 –
Smith Institute
 

 

Rob Allen,
International Centre for Prison Studies, Kings College London

Professor Linda Colley, University of Princeton

Professor Christopher Hood, All Souls College, Oxford

Amanda Jordan, The SMART Company

Professor Heather Joshi, Bedford Group for Lifecourse Studies

Professor Ruth Lister, Loughborough University & Donald Dewar Visiting
Professor, Glasgow University

Professor Sheldon Leader, University of Essex (Chair)

Abigail McKnight, CASE, London School of Economics

Deborah Mattinson, Opinion Leader Research

Jenny Smith, Catalyst

Sarah Smith, Channel 4 News

Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

Lord Larry Whitty, National Consumer Council

Alf Young, Glasgow Herald

 

So, the big question is Does the
Smith Institue have an unbias political view, in order to keep their Charitable
status they must.

 

In November 03 a
meeting was held in
London, with British government officials,
German Government officials, Smith Institute officials, Friedrich Ebert
Stiftung officials and Big Business representatives to set Regional
Policy
.

The list of attendees
is laid out below.

 

Regional
economic policy

Lokale und
regionale Wirtschafts- und Strukturpolitik

London, 27 November 2003

 

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS / TEILNEHMERLISTE

Organisers / Organisatoren

 

Dr. Gero Maass

Director, London Office

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

 

Wilf Stevenson

Director

Smith Institute

 

German
Delegation / Deutsche Delegation

 

Heinrich Aller

Mitglied des Landtages von
Niedersachsen

Finanzminister a.D. des Landes
Niedersachsen

Vorsitzender des Ausschusses für
Haushalt und Finanzen

(Member of the Land Parliament of
Lower-Saxony)

 

Friedhelm
Bertelsmeier

Verkehrsreferent in der Deutschen
Botschaft

(Transport Officer, German Embassy)

 

Tilo Braune

Staatssekretär im BMVBW

(State secretary, Federal Ministry
of Transport, Building and

Housing)

 

Angelika Ehmler

Dolmetscherin (Interpreter)

BMVBW

 

Dr. Katharina Erdmenger

Leiterin des Referates „Aufbau Ost, Struktur- und

Regionalpolitik, Unternehmens- und Industriepolitik“

DGB Bundesvorstand

(Head of the Regional and Structural Policy Department,

German Trade Union Federation)

 

Dr. Herbert Jakoby

Leiter der Abteilung für Europa und Internationales,

Staatskanzlei des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

(Head of the European and International
Department in the

Office of the Minister-President of Nordrhein-Westfalen)

 

Dr. Utz Ingo Küpper

Geschäftsführer

Wirtschafts- und Beschäftigungsförderung

der Stadt Dortmund

(Managing Director of city development agency, Dortmund)

 

Jens Lattmann

Beigeordneter des Deutschen Städtetages, Köln

(Councillor, German Association of Cities and Towns)

 

Dr. Hartmut Mangold

Unterabteilungsleiter: Aufbau Ost, Raumentwicklung &

Strukturplanung

(Deputy of Department, Reconstruction East, Regional

Planning and Structural Policy)

BMVBW

 

Thomas Matussek

Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

(Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany )

 

Catherine McDowell

Wirtschaftsreferentin in der Deutsche Botschaft

(Commercial Officer, German Embassy)

 

Dr. Dieter Rehfeld

Direktor des Forschungsschwerpunktes Innovative Räume

Institut Arbeit und Technik

(Institute for Work & Technology, Consultancy within the

Wissenschaftszentrum North-Rhine Westphalia)

 

Dieter Schlimmer

Stv. Geschäftsführer, Landes-Gewerbeförderungsstelle des

NRW-Handwerks
(LGH)

(Deputy Director of agency promoting small trades &

businesses, affiliated to Chamber of Industry & Commerce of

North-Rhine Westphalia)

 

Esther Zimmermann

Freie Universität Berlin, Intern FES London

 

British Delegation / Britische Delegation

 

Kate Alexander

HMT

 

Ed Balls

Chief Economic Adviser

HM Treasury

 

Ken Bodfish

SEEDA

 

Abby Johnson Brennan

EMDA

 

Konrad Caulkett

Smith Institute

 

Philip Cox

ODPM

 

Ros Dunn

HM Treasury

 

Karl Eddy

KPMG

 

Mike Emmerich

Institute for Political and Economic Governance

 

Bryan Gray

NWRDA

 

Karen Harris

ONE

 

Pat Hayes

LB Lewisham

 

Professor Mark Hepworth

Local Futures Group

 

John Healey MP

Economic Secretary to the Treasury

 

Rachel Jones

National Assembly for Wales

 

Rt.Hon. Rhodri Morgan AM

National Assembly for Wales

 

John Neve

DTI

 

Tony Pilch

Smith Institute

 

Richard Samuda

KPMG

 

Neil Sherlock

KPMG

 

Ben Shimshon

Smith Institute

 

Cllr David Sparks

Dudley MBC and LGA Economic Regeneration

 

Tom Wilson

TUC

 

Stewart Wood

Council of Economic Advisers

HM Treasury

 

Sam Woods

HM Treasury

 

 

Interpreters / Übersetzer

Brigitte Puhl

Dr. Winfried Haag

 

Are
these the people who are shaping our lives, are these millionaires and business
chiefs making millions at our expense deciding and shaping government policy. 

Or
is it the members of the Labour
Finance and Industry Group
,
(LFIG), and its offshoots the Industry Forum and the business unit at
Millbank, are
another
group of millionaires and businessmen who according to their web site ‘
Have a major
policy input into the development of the manifesto, in particular on local
government best value, tourism, the city, corporate governance, the need to
invest in science and R&D etc’ .

LFIG members include Ministers, MPs, Lords and MEPs, as well as many
senior figures from business. 

 

Policy input produced by this group includes ;

Local Transport Plans that Work, Report of Fringe Meeting, Labour
Spring Conference,
Manchester, 13/3/04 download.

PLP
Transport Cmtee and LFIG Submission:  Towards a new Labour Transport
Strategy
download

Company
Law Reform Director & Auditor Liability Consultation Response download.

Company
Law Reform Threshold Responses download.

Response
to Raising the Thresholds, Consultation Document – download

Address by Simon Bartley of CBI to Hong Kong
Trade Dev. Council conference,
11 November 2003download here

SME:
Facts and Issues – download.

 

Together
with the Smith Institute these are the guys making the rules, government just
implements them with legislation, some of the most stupid and punitive
legislation this country has ever seen.

The
companies of these guys get the best of the government contracts, and you and I
pay for it all with ever increasing stealth taxes. 

Awash
with money for business and
PFI deals, nothing for services,
this government stinks of corruption and needs investigation.

Britain is now run by businessmen
for the benefit of businessmen.

Its almost like putting the
prisoners in charge of the prisons.

 

Time
I think for the Charitiy Commissioners, the Bloggers, Parliamentary committee’s
and investigative journalists to keep digging.

 

 

  

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0 Responses to The LFIG and Smith Institute – does charity start at home

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale sits in the House of Lords for Labour.
    Since 2005 she has been a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which provides parliamentary oversight of the Secret Intelligence Service. This committee has failed to file a report for 2005.”
    The Intelligence and Security Committee has actually published three (censored) reports covering 2005: the annual report 2005-2006, the annual report 2004-2005 and one about the July 7th 2005 bomb attacks in London.
    They are available at
    http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/intelligence/
    Whether what they actually reveal in public is sufficient for proper public oversight, scrutiny and transparency is another matter.
    The (censored) Annual Reports for 2005 which are currently being suppressed are those of the Intelligence Services Commissioner and the Interception of Communications Commissioner, under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
    Even if the “Sith Institute” gets criticised by the Charity Commission, or even loses its charitable status, Gordon Brown is unlikely to do the honourable thing and resign, is he ?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks. Updated. I dont think anyone will resign, they will only move when there is enough evidence to push them.
    The smell of corruption is so strong now, but the more they hide, the stronger the smell gets.
    If there's nothing to hide, then there's nothing to fear.!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is an interesting coincidence that a lot of the sponsors of The Smith Istitute are also on the lists of 'Common Purpose' sponsors. Do they have a common purpose? Yes, they both waste millions of £s of taxpayers money and abuse their charity status by being politically involved and biased left wing organisations.