It was quieter than your average historic moment. No grand words, no crowds cheering in a single voice – no atoms were split, shots were fired or footprints made on the surface of another planet.
I can’t think, offhand, of any historic moments that were as drizzly as it was last night, when a small delegation stepped through the gates of the Suvretta House Hotel, and presented themselves to the head of security at Bilderberg.
“I’d like to come in,” said the Swiss MP Dominque Baettig.
The crowd held its breath. I shifted to get a better view, and went shin-deep into an ice-cold ditch. I gasped – as one often does during historic moments.
“I am a member of the Swiss parliament,” said the member of the Swiss parliament, “and I would like to go inside.” Was it a trick of the light, or did the brave shoe of the Swiss MP lift an inch, perhaps two, from the tarmac? Was this it? Was Bilderberg to be stormed before our very eyes…?
Entrance to Bilderberg was denied to Dominque Baettig, but the Swiss weren’t the only politicians trying to get some answers:
An Italian diplomat tried to drive through security at the Suvretta House luxury hotel in the Swiss resort of St Moritz, where the annual Bilderberg meeting of global powerbrokers is happening right now.
Mario Borghezio showed his EU deputy’s card, but since he did not have an invitation the cantonal police were called. Borghezio claims that the security guards “laid violent hands” on him and his colleague, leaving one of them with a bloody nose.
They were expelled from the canton and forbidden to return until the conference is over.
The Italian embassy in Bern has requested an inquiry into the incident, according to Swiss Info.1
And then another astonishing event occurred:
A shadow fell across the Engadine. The skylark ceased his merry song, the flowers curled and blackened in the meadow and a man in a special issue Bilderberg anorak set off on his stroll.
Bilderberg has had some bad ideas in its time (a European superstate, anyone?) but Lord Mandelson’s nature walk has to be the worst. What were they hoping for? Had they not seen the 200 activists camped opposite the hotel gates?
Click here to read Charlie Skelton’s complete post from today’s Bilderblog.
Here is footage of that encounter between top Bilderbergers, including a rather bedraggled Peter Mandelson, and a some of the demonstrators:
One of the delegates said to a protester that Bilderberg were busy “setting their agenda” and that demonstrators shouldn’t bother them. But Bilderbothering has been the order of the weekend:
This couldn’t possibly be happening. “This is terrible,” Mandelson was heard to exclaim as the activists swarmed around the delegates, firing questions and chorusing their concern…
One activist, Ali Aslan, walked alongside Enders, the Airbus boss, and
asked him what was being discussed at this year’s conference. “Nothing bad,” said Enders. “We are just making our agendas.” (This was the German word used: agenda – the same as in English).
“I don’t understand,” said Alsan. “There are politicians inside. Why are we not allowed to know what you’re talking about?”
Enders smiled and said: “I don’t have to tell you, and you don’t need to know.” And with that, he and his fellow delegates ducked beneath the security cordon, into the blessed safety of Bilderberg
I don’t know who organised the conference itinerary this year – but good luck in your next job.
Click here to read more of Charlie Skelton’s Guardian Bilderblog.
1“An Italian Diplomat Was Violently Expelled From St. Moritz After Trying To Sneak Into The Bilderberg Meeting” by Gus Lubin, published by Business Insider on Sunday 12th June. www.businessinsider.com/mario-borghezio-bilderberg-2011-6