Who paid for the Defence Minister’s special friend?

Adam Werritty (left) with Dr Liam Fox (centre) at a meeting in Dubai in 2007

Adam Werritty (left) with Dr Liam Fox (centre) at a meeting in Dubai in 2007

With British forces still on the front line after ten years of an unwinnable war in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London is preoccupied by a scandal which is set to force the resignation of the MoD’s boss.

Dr Liam Fox – who has been Secretary of State for Defence since the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition took power last year – is facing a host of unanswered questions about the role of his close friend Adam Werritty, who appears to have given the impression to business contacts that he is an adviser to the minister, even though he holds no official position and has not been security vetted.

The nature of the special relationship between Dr Fox and Mr Werritty is unclear, though rumours about the minister’s private life have circulated among fellow politicians and journalists for many years.

The Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox is facing pressure for his resignation.

The Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox is facing pressure for his resignation.

Mr Werritty ran a “charity” based in Dr Fox’s parliamentary office, which was closed down by the Charity Commission after an investigation into its tax status.  This “charity” – the Atlantic Bridge – was a political forum for extreme neo-conservative views, uniting Thatcherites and their Washington allies.  The Charity Commission closed down Atlantic Bridge because they found that its concentration on promoting the “Special Relationship” was political, not charitable.

The “Special Relationship” is usually taken to mean the Washington-London axis, but there has always been a third, more important and indubitably more “special” partner: Israel.

It is the Tel Aviv corner of the “Special Relationship” triangle that should now be in the spotlight as for the first time a British Defence Secretary is likely to be forced to resign by personal scandal.  Who was pulling the strings behind the “special relationship” between Dr Liam Fox and his close friend Adam Werritty?

Ambassador Matthew Gould with Union Jack yarmulke

Ambassador Matthew Gould with Union Jack yarmulke

Since Dr Fox became Defence Secretary just seventeen months ago, his friend Mr Werritty has taken no fewer than nineteen international trips where he has met up with the minister and stayed in some of the world’s most expensive hotels, despite holding no official government position.  Dr Fox has admitted that he and Mr Werritty also met at the Ministry of Defence with the UK Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, who “was known socially to both of us”.  He concedes that this meeting was “inappropriate”.  Mr Gould is the first Jew to have been appointed British Ambassador to the Zionist state.

The question is now being asked: who paid Mr Werritty’s bills at hotels such as the Shangri-La, Dubai, at £350 a night?  Or his flights for the past year’s international travel to the same venues as the Defence Secretary?  Business flights to these destinations would cost an estimated total of more than £38,000.

Lorna Fitzsimons (right) at the 2009 BICOM dinner at the Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge, with former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk

Lorna Fitzsimons (right) at the 2009 BICOM dinner at the Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge, with former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk

We do now know that on one of these trips his bill was paid by the pro-Israel lobby group Bicom, headed by former Labour MP Lorna Fitzsimons.  Bicom paid for Mr Werritty to attend the Herzliya conference in Israel in 2009, where he joined a panel discussion about Iran.

Unsurprisingly Mr Werritty also met up with his special friend, Defence Secretary Liam Fox, at this Israeli conference.

Among Liam Fox’s most generous financial backers is the hedge fund tycoon and former Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers banker Michael Hintze, who paid for Dr Fox’s travel to Mauritania and Italy in 2007, and to and from Washington, DC, in 2008 and 2011.

Mr Hintze was also a major donor to Atlantic Bridge and Werritty has a free office at Hintze’s London headquarters.  One of the directors of Werritty’s “defence consultancy”, Security Futures, is Hintze aide Oliver Hylton.  Other directors of this mysterious company (since dissolved) are two who have since become Conservative MPs: the openly gay activist Iain Stewart (a prominent supporter of Conservative Friends of Israel), and the former lobbyist Laura Sandys, daughter of the former defence minister Duncan Sandys.  The latter’s lobbying company Laura Sandys Associates hired Miles Webber, former director of Labour Friends of Israel, to run its parliamentary team.

Gabby Bertin (centre) seen here leaving Downing Street with the Prime Minister, worked for Atlantic Bridge, the "charity" run by the Defence Minister's special friend Adam Werritty.

Gabby Bertin (centre) seen here leaving Downing Street with the Prime Minister, worked for Atlantic Bridge, the "charity" run by the Defence Minister's special friend Adam Werritty.

Also working at Atlantic Bridge was Gabby Bertin, now press secretary to the Prime Minister David Cameron.  Her position with the “charity” was funded by the New York pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Other declared financial backers of Dr Fox and his special friend are: Stanley Fink, Alan Howard, Jon Moulton and David and Simon Reuben.

Let us look a little more closely at these organisations and individuals who are generous supporters of the special friends Fox and Werritty:

Poju Zabludowicz (centre) hosted the United Jewish Israel Appeal dinner at the Hilton Hotel, London.

Poju Zabludowicz (centre) hosted the United Jewish Israel Appeal dinner at the Hilton Hotel, London.

BICOM
funded by Israeli billionaire Poju Zabludowicz, who is one of the UK’s most prominent Zionist lobbyists and a member of the Jewish Leadership Council.  A misdirected email recently revealed that BICOM regularly briefed journalists to write pro-Israeli articles, including Financial Times leader writer Jonathan Ford and Prospect editor David Goodhart.  The email leak might well cost former MP Lorna Fitzsimons her job at BICOM.

Michael Hintze (centre) with Conservative MPs Philip Dunne and Dominic Grieve (now Attorney General)

Michael Hintze (centre) with Conservative MPs Philip Dunne and Dominic Grieve (now Attorney General)

Michael Hintze
Grandparents fled the Russian Revolution and settled in China, before his parents fled that country after Mao’s victory in the late 1940s, settling in Australia where Hintze was born.  Educated at a Christian Brothers school before serving as a major in the Australian army, then entering the financial world through Salomon Brothers and Goldman Sachs.  Made millions from “short selling” during the banking crisis. Sponsors a professorial chair in international security studies at the University of Sydney.

Stanley Fink (Lord Fink)
Known as the “godfather” of the British hedge fund industry; Vice-President of the Jewish Leadership Council and Co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party; ennobled as Baron Fink of Northwood in 2011. Since 2008 has been in partnership with Tony Blair’s infamous right hand man Lord Levy, as chief executive of International Standard Asset Management.

Stanley Fink taking his seat in the upper house as Lord Fink of Northwood

Stanley Fink taking his seat in the upper house as Lord Fink of Northwood

Alan Howard
yet another hedge fund tycoon, co-founder of Brevan Howard, the largest hedge fund manager in Europe.  Like Michael Hintze, Mr Howard started his financial career with Salomon Brothers.  A board member of Conservative Friends of Israel, his company is based at the former London headquarters of Marks & Spencer in Baker Street.

Jon Moulton
a venture capitalist based in the tax haven of Guernsey.  Noted philanthropic supporter of the charity Jewish Care.

The mysterious Reuben brothers: financial backers of the British Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox

The mysterious Reuben brothers: financial backers of the British Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox

David and Simon Reuben
secretive property tycoons who added to their fortune as the biggest foreign investors in Russia during the heyday of the mafia oligarchs in the 1990s.  Their web of international shell companies was exposed in a fascinating article for Fortune magazine in 2000.

Whatever personal scandal lies behind the Defence Secretary’s current problems, British voters are surely entitled to ask: who pays the piper – and who calls the tune?

Labour’s secret plan to lure immigrants was borderline treason – and plain stupid

Was this author was too scared to accuse the Cultural Marxists running New Labour of outright treason? The info obtained by Migration Watch in their Freedom of Information request proves, not just treason, but attempted genocide of whites within the British Isles. Racial nationalists have been vindicated.

Telegraph Blogs, 10 Feb 2010: Incredible. I am stunned. Back in October Andrew Neather, a former Labour party speechwriter, let the cat out the bag when he said that the Government had encouraged immigration “to rub the Right’s nose in diversity”. But while Neather quickly backtracked, documents now released under the Freedom of Information Act suggest that he was telling the truth. Rather than being the result only of incompetence or a short-term economic measure to reduce inflation, Labour’s policy of runaway immigration was a deliberate and cynical attempt to change the face of British society.

The document released yesterday suggested that Labour originally pursued a different direction. It was published under the title “Migration: an economic and social analysis” but the removal of significant extracts suggested that officials or ministers were nervous over references to “social objectives”.

The original paper called for the need of a new framework for thinking about migration policy but the concluding phrase — “if we are to maximise the contribution of migration to the Government’s economic and social objectives” — was edited out.

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Labour’s ‘secret plan’ to lure migrants

 The Government has been accused of pursuing a secret policy of encouraging mass immigration for its own political ends. (Voting trends indicate that migrants and their descendants are much more likely to vote Labour.)

 DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9 Feb 2010: The release of a previously unseen document suggested that Labour’s migration policy over the past decade had been aimed not just at meeting the country’s economic needs, but also the Government’s “social objectives”.

The paper said migration would “enhance economic growth” and made clear that trying to halt or reverse it could be “economically damaging”. But it also stated that immigration had general “benefits” and that a new policy framework was needed to “maximise” the contribution of migration to the Government’s wider social aims.

The Government has always denied that social engineering played a part in its migration policy.

However, the paper, which was written in 2000 at a time when immigration began to increase dramatically, said controls were contrary to its policy objectives and could lead to “social exclusion”.

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Pay and expenses – Greedy MEPs on £450,000 a year

DAILY EXPRESS, 29 Jan 2010: Grasping Euro MPs will snatch even more money from hard-pressed British taxpayers after voting themselves a bonus which puts their pay and expenses package up to £450,000 a year.

MEPs want to feather their nest with an extra £1,300 a month, it emerged last night.

They claim the extra cash is needed because the controversial Lisbon Treaty has increased their workload. The extra money is supposed to pay for the hire of staff, though they already get a £15,000-a-month allowance for employees.

Some of the EU’s 785 MEPs, of which 72 are from the UK, can rake in more than £360,000 a year in expenses. The growing gravy train dwarfs the amounts claimed by Westminster MPs, whose milking of the Commons system has caused outrage in Britain.

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Quentin Davies dismisses bell-tower expense row as ‘a joke’

GUARDIAN, 15 Dec 2009: The defence minister Quentin Davies today dismissed the furore over his expense claim for a bell-tower on his constituency home as “a joke”.

Davies said he had not done “anything remotely wrong” in submitting a £20,000 invoice for work to his roof, including repairs to the bell-tower, and insisted his work had not been affected “in the slightest degree”.

The Grantham and Stamford MP, who defected from the Tories, insisted that he had never intended to claim the full amount detailed on the invoice, only legitimate expenses for repairing his roof.

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Copenhagen climate summit: 140 private jets, 1,200 limos. 5 hybrids.

While the MSM gang up together to publish ‘collective editorial’ [propaganda] on how important the Copenhagen agreement will be to ‘saving the planet’ [saving the fat cats’ bonus packets], at least there’s still some sensible people out there. Apparently they’re being called ‘flat-earthers’ (typical tactic). In reality, this is the New Copernican Revolution.

DVORAK UNCENSORED, 7 Dec 2009: Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”

The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.

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Bank bail-out: every family shouldering £4,350 tax liability

Every family in the country is now facing a tax liability of £4,350 to prop up Britain’s banking system.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4 Nov 2009: Alistair Darling yesterday unveiled the biggest bail-out of any bank in history.

The Chancellor confirmed that the Government would pump an extra £25.5 billion into Royal Bank of Scotland, declaring that this was the only way to keep it alive.

Taxpayers have now poured a total of £53.5 billion into RBS alone, including the £20 billion part-nationalisation last year and another £8 billion set aside yesterday as insurance against further trouble in the future.

In total, the Government has now pumped £74 billion of taxpayers’ money into the banks since the start of the financial crisis a year ago.

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Labour let in migrants ‘to engineer multicultural UK’

DAILY MAIL, 24 Oct 2009: Huge increases in immigration over the past decade were a deliberate attempt to engineer a more multicultural Britain, a former Government adviser said yesterday.

Andrew Neather, a speechwriter who worked in Downing Street for Tony Blair and in the Home Office for Jack Straw and David Blunkett, said Labour’s relaxation of controls was a plan to ‘open up the UK to mass migration’.

As well as bringing in hundreds of thousands to plug labour market gaps, there was also a ‘driving political purpose’ behind immigration policy, he claimed.

Ministers hoped to change the country radically and ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’. But Mr Neather said senior Labour figures were reluctant to discuss the policy, fearing it would alienate its ‘core working-class vote’.

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OFT fines building industry £130m for public sector bid rigging

Companies including Kier Group, Galliford Try, Balfour Beatty and Carillion artificially inflated the bill for more than £200m worth of public sector construction work.

GUARDIAN, 22Sep09: Britain’s building industry has been fined £129.5m following an investigation into bid rigging that pushed up the cost of building schools, universities and hospitals.

The Office of Fair Trading is fining 103 construction firms for engaging in “illegal, anti-competitive, bid-rigging activities on 199 tenders from 2000 to 2006”. It believes the companies, which include several listed on the London stockmarket, artificially inflated the bill for more than £200m worth of public sector construction work.

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'He's a crafty b******', says elderly council tenant who lived in flat Shahid Malik snapped up for 'next to nothing'

DAILY MAIL, 13Jun09:  Scandal-hit Minister Shahid Malik was branded a ‘crafty b*****’ after new allegations concerning his use of Commons expenses were disclosed last night.  He was reappointed to the Government last week, as Communities Minister, after an inquiry cleared him of any wrong-doing over the discounted rent he pays on his constituency home.  But Gordon Brown’s judgment in restoring the former Justice Minister so swiftly is set to be questioned after a Mail on Sunday investigation uncovered allegations that…

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