A Balls-up at Bilderberg
THE Punt hopes that Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney doesn't have problems getting in the door at the secretive Bilderberg Group conference in Copenhagen this weekend. The minister is one of just 140 prominent politicians and business elite, mainly from Europe and the US, who are attending the event.
But pity British Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, who having forgot his security pass was refused entry by security staff. The moment was caught on camera, with Mr Balls brandishing his passport in an effort to appease the sentries. "That's my name, I'm on the list to attend," he pleaded.
It fell on deaf ears, though. The Bilderberg group is a favourite target for conspiracy theorists, who believe the influential cream of society meet to create a new world order. The main title for this year's conference is "Does Privacy Exist?"
Keith Alexander, a former commander of US Cyber Command and a former director of the US NSA will surely have the answer to that. He's among the guests, along with IMF boss Christine Lagarde; the head of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen; Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe; and Google's Eric Schmidt. Former Attorney General Peter Sutherland, who is the chairman of Goldman Sachs International, will also be there. No wonder the conspiracy theorists squeak with joy.