Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But whats puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
‘Sympathy for the Devil’ — The Rolling Stones
Anthony Bailey, KHS, KCMCO, KCFO, is the delegate for Great Britain and Ireland of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, in November 2005 he was appointed as Ambassador-at-large of the Republic of The Gambia to the whole of Europe, although Oliver Marre in the Observer of 2007, December 2, stated that on enquiry “the Gambian high commission in London doesn’t seem to know much about him”. The titles are deliberately arcane but in the modern age one wonders if a lot of his emails talking about easy business deals and large sums of money are confused with those spam emails that start with a huge list of diplomatic titles but are almost certainly from a con-man wanting bank details.
Bailey likes to think of himself as an ‘interfaith campaigner, philanthropist, diplomat and public relations specialist on the Arab world and Europe’. The depiction of his background bestowed upon us by Bailey’s organisations tends to be replete with grandiloquent flourishes, the numerous images of Bailey provided exhibit a fondness for dressing up with sashes, medals and ostentatious ribbons and costumes. They are a throwback to some court painter trying to make his subject look magisterial, but the image is more along the lines of Goya or even Francis Bacon —something sinister emerges. Bailey is interested in art and religion, but do these things really motivate him? This is explored below.
When they became part of the ruling elite, Bailey was a donor to New Labour and even gained a position on one of its think tanks—the Foreign Policy Centre. Religion, and politics are a big part of how he makes his money, that and the aristocracy —whoever they might turn out to really be, for as we will see it all becomes confused.
In May 2009, in the wake of the Telegraph’s exposure of the royal nature of MP’s expenses the Observer spoke to Bailey, described as “the public relations “fixer” who introduced the £1m donor Mahmoud Khayami” who said:
…that he would not be donating to Labour and would not encourage others to do so. “The expenses stories are shameful. Anyone who is thought to have broken the law should be investigated by the police immediately,” he said. “I have no intention of giving a single penny to Labour at this time, and I cannot see how I could introduce any of my contacts either.”
As if it was just Labour MPs who milked the system. So perhaps a switch to Cameron might be in on the cards. But ‘investigated ‘you say…’thought to have’, are you sure Tony?
The Higher Calling
On some sort of spiritual level the glitzy glamour of the royal regal world can be mere gilt, a veneer. Nevertheless, there are a lot of ‘pretenders’ as they say (impostors to others) attracted by the prospect of obtaining some of the very real wealth that they feel God would want them to have. In their eyes they are the legitimate heir to some title which could lead to a treasure trove. There is also money to be made out of encouraging others to think this way. Once you have found your aristocratic orphan your initial approach is usually as some sort of middle-man who will reverse the process of noblesse oblige. Perhaps you might start a PR company here, to cook up stories and that way you can still get a pay-off if things go a bit prodigal. The aristocrat might actually believe themselves to be the heir to a specific title but you can simply make one up for yourself too— they are in essence complete works of fiction.
So underneath this veneer of nobility we find all manner of people claiming to be the rightful owners of all manner of things.
For instance, take Bailey’s Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George: a rival, Madrid-based Constantinian Order headed by the Rolling Stones’ business manager, Prince Rupert zu Loewenstein, claims to be the true order according to the Observer of May 27, 2007. This doppleganger theme seems to run through Bailey’s career.
There is of course a much simpler way to enter the royal clan. You just marry one of them. The Times, 23 January 2007, announced Bailey’s engagement to Princess Marie-Therese of the Ducal House of Hohenberg, who we are told is a great granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Hungary— a reception at the ‘Black Hand’ pub afterwards perhaps?
So what is Bailey’s pedigree, as they say.
A former Royal PR man (at one point with ‘Royalty’ magazine), Bailey was a former account director at Burson-Marsteller in London (1991-1996), PR clients included the head of the exiled Libyan royal family Crown Prince Muhammad al-Rida al-Senoussi. The Times reported in 2005 that:
Bailey first came to public attention in the mid-1990s. He was arrested for allegedly working alongside Prince Michael of Kent’s then private secretary in an attempt to blackmail a man who claimed to be a Libyan prince. The charges were thrown out by the courts.
The 1995 ruling regarding the dismissal of the case related to the “Alleged Offence Made Against Mr Idris Al-Senussi By Mr Anthony Bailey” is quoted as saying:
There have been bizarre allegations of corruption made by Mr Al-Senussi on those serving in public life both in this country and in the Middle East. […] In this cloak and dagger tale that forms the background to this case we have dealt with image, deception and make belief. […] There have been at this hearing a number of untested assertions banded around as fact by Mr Al-Senussi. There have been allegations of an attempt to corrupt Members of Parliament. […] If it is true as Mr Al-Senussi has said that there are no skeletons in his cupboard, then it is improbable that he is a blackmail victim. However, if he has committed some blackmailable acts and wanted to promote the image of being heir apparent then more reason for hiring the services of a prominent and well respected public relations company.
Bailey and John Kennedy, who was private secretary to Prince Michael of Kent, were, according to the Telegraph said to be “inseparable” until:
…they were arrested in 1995 for allegedly attempting to extort money from a Libyan prince. They were never charged, and Bailey’s lawyer claimed that he had been set up. “Anthony and John became a bit distant after that,” one of Bailey’s pals tells me. “They kept in touch, though…”
The Evening Standard, seemed unimpressed by Bailey and stated:
…the son of an engineer. He was brought up in Ruislip and among his first jobs was selling suits at the now defunct menswear store, Simpsons of Piccadilly. How he became a confidant of princes, cardinals and the British prime minister is a story of supreme chutzpah.
Supreme Chutzpah does sound rather like a royal title. The Times of January 27, 1999, was not exactly forelock tugging when it outlined the financial troubles of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent:
The couple have gained a reputation —unjustified in the view of their friends — for freeloading. They have never been able to live down the remark that the Princess made when she opened a Happy Eater roadside cafe on the A3 near Guildford that she would “go anywhere for a hot meal”.
The version of events offered by press reports was that Bailey attracted the attention of a man who claimed he was Libya’s real crown prince and he asked Bailey to do PR work for him. Bailey agreed on the basis that the man didn’t call himself the crown prince, but a “senior spokesman” for “the royal family of which he was indeed a member”. When he discussed payment, the “prince” contacted the police and claimed Bailey was blackmailing him. He was arrested “in a dawn swoop on his Kensington flat”. The police had arranged for Bailey’s phone calls to the “prince” to be tape-recorded and he was charged with blackmail, an allegation he emphatically denied. In court the argument was that he was set up because of the success of his work for the ‘real’ ‘real’ crown prince—if you follow.
The Times article states that this all led to the setting up of Eligo, Bailey’s company whose “speciality is to fix introductions, invitations and launch lobbying campaigns for individuals, state governments and royal families.” No wonder they need someone to introduce them to each other—it’s like that Flann O’ Brien story of everyone at social events hiring ventriloquists to do their intelligent chat for them.
According to his profile on his company, on December 2005 Bailey was appointed a Trustee of the Path to Peace in the Balkans Foundation which is chaired by the Apostolic Nuncio in Serbia. According to Eligo’s website he was awarded the “insignia of Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of Pope Saint Sylvester” for his work in “co-ordinating a series of inter-church and inter-faith initiatives,” this incuded:
…the preparation of a series of publications explaining the precise role of the Roman Catholic Church during the recent Balkan crisis, promoting the interfaith activities of the Vatican City as well as sourcing the funding to restore the Vatican’s diplomatic headquarters in Belgrade.
And here we return to his old “inseparable” friend, John Kennedy. Back in Feb 4, 1996 in the Independent, Nick Cohen wrote that:
…some Labour backbenchers are more interested in another aspect of Mr Kennedy’s background: his role in the early 1990s as a leading British defender of the Serbs during the Bosnian war.
Kennedy was a prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate, and according to Cohen “a supporter of extreme nationalist Serbs” who “sat next to Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader, at a press conference in July 1992.” Kennedy (his ‘real’ name would appear to be Gvozdenovic ) is according to Cohen:
A descendant of minor Serb nobility and former member of the right-wing Monday Club, the 30-year-old commodity dealer developed something of a speciality in the use of the world’s large pool of exiled royal families in election campaigns.
Other sources say Kennedy is of Montenegrin descent, but Cohen adds this:
When Mr Kennedy stood unsuccessfully in Barking in Essex in the 1992 election, he had Prince Idris from the deposed Libyan royal family touring the constituency with him. The connection caused him embarrassment last year when he was caught up in allegations about an attempt to blackmail the prince and claimed that MI5 had been involved in the attempt to smear him. No charges were brought against him. But it was the Bosnian conflict that brought him to prominence. Before sanctions were imposed on Serbia in 1991, he worked with Ian Greer, a Westminster lobbyist, to promote Serbia and its industries in Britain.
That is the Ian Greer who used the phrase ‘You need to rent an MP just like you rent a London taxi,’ but let’s put that to one side. Cohen details Kennedy’s work on Sky News and in letters to the Guardian and the Times praising the Bosnian Serbs and on a platform at a press conference with Radovan Karadzic at the House of Commons “to give details of concentration-camp sites and detention facilities used for the imprisonment or extermination of Bosnian Serbs”. A feature much put forward by Living Marxism magazine as I remember — the matter is touched on in Kennedy’s Sourcewatch profile. Things got a bit out of hand when Brian Wilson MP, and the then Labour senior media spokesman, David Hill, made an apology in the High Court on Jul 19, 1996 and ended up having to fork out libel damages. But as we all know politics is all swings and roundabouts: the BBC reported that in 1997 the then Armed Forces minister John Reid and the cabinet minister responsible for ‘open government’, David Clark picked up some money by dint of failing to declare a trip to Geneva they made (back in 1993) on the invitation of the United Nations.
The row over Dr Clark, who was shadow defence secretary at the time, and his then deputy Dr Reid relates to a three-day trip to the Richemond Hotel in Geneva, where both met Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Dr David Owen and other players in the bid to end the war in Bosnia. A Tory politician, John Kennedy, who had links with Karadzic, arranged the trip and it is claimed that he settled the bills. But Dr Clark says that he believed then that the United Nations had paid for the hotel and he still believed that now.
Francis Wheen in the Guardian, July 9, 1997 observed of the mysterious meeting that:
According to Reid and Clark, it was they who persuaded him to take the troops off [Mount Ignam]. ‘I believe a considerable number of lives was saved in Sarajevo as a result of our intervention,’ Clark says. A likely tale. As anyone who followed the war will know, Karadzic and General Mladic were only too happy to hand Mount Ignam over to the United Nations, thus freeing their own soldiers and artillery to cause havoc elsewhere while the UN effectively maintained the siege of Sarajevo for them. Even Lord Owen admits as much…
Michael White, then Political Editor of the Guardian, June 30, 1997, stated that Reid and Clark denied any secrecy and said they were sent by the late John Smith, the Labour leader and whose presence was requested at Geneva by John Major’s government.
According to the the Independent of May 22, 1996, Kennedy introduced a Yugoslav-born businessman to Jeremy Hanley, the former Tory chairman, in 1994 and this sparked a Conservative inquiry into “reports that the party accepted donations from businessmen linked to Radovan Karadzic”.
According to the Guardian of 2001:
MI6 did its best to sweep the potential scandal under the carpet. [Richard] Tomlinson alleges he was told to destroy his report, which would normally have been circulated throughout MI6 and instead Sir John McColl, head of MI6, quietly warned Sir Robin (now Lord) Butler, the cabinet secretary. Robin Cook, shadow foreign secretary at the time, later raised the issue, telling MPs: “No wonder MI6 was worried.”
The Guardian adds that ex-MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson met Harold Elletson, then Conservative MP for Blackpool South and “a long-term MI6 contact” —who was concerned about Kennedy, this states Kennedy “was a strong supporter of the Bosnian Serbs under the indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic and was a channel through which Serbian money was being offered to Conservative funds.”
A 1997 letter from the Editor of the Guardian to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards relating to Lobbying scandal when the Conservatives were in receipt of the largesse asked:
what was the relationship between Ian Greer, Lady Olga Maitland, John Kennedy, (the prospective Tory MP) and the Government of Serbia?
Financial one would imagine. Francis Wheen writing the Guardian, April 14, 1999, on the ‘Conservative Council on Eastern Europe’, for whom Ian Greer Associates worked, and where “Milosevic’s supporters mixed with the politicians and businessmen who had come at Greer’s bidding,” adds that “Greer was on Milosevic’s payroll at the time… Some of Greer’s profits went to John Kennedy, nicknamed ‘the prince of Suburbo-Croatia’:
Kennedy’s proximity to senior British politicians and prominent Serbs led MI6 to eavesdrop on some of his phone calls. According to a Sunday Times report in 1996: ‘Milosevic’s office was often on the phone.’
Like Bailey, Kennedy is the recipient of arcane ‘honours’ the Grand Chancellor of the Royal Montenegrin Order of Danilo, another ‘revived’ Order perhaps. And he has also married into aristocracy, or so it would seem, Kennedy’s ‘fiancee’ was Princess Lavinia of Yugoslavia, but as Ephraim Hardcastle put it in Daily Mail, March 31, 1998:
She is letting it be known that they never planned to marry, and that romance was never on the agenda. I am told: ‘It was purely a working relationship. She helped his image as a Tory candidate in the General Election and he in turn paid her children’s school fees.’ The children are now in state schools and Princess Lavinia, 36, regards her obligations as over.
The Big Stud Book
Now you would think that all these Royals, with all that tax payers’ money in the offing and all the hot meals just waiting there at the Happy Eater roadside cafe on the A3 near Guildford and the Vatican, would have some way of sorting out who’s who, some authoritative guidebook which people could rely on. And you’d be right, its called the ‘Almanac de Gotha’ (or the Euro royals’ ‘Big Stud Book’) and is some 235-years-old, and the Independent of March 14, 1998 told us of a plan to relaunch it in The Ball Room at Claridge’s Hotel, in London. It was promoted by ‘Royalty’ magazine (which Bailey used to work for if you remember) and who should take over the task of updating it other than “John Kennedy”. The Evening Standard of March 13, 1998 tells us:
Aside from providing details about the Montenegrans, Kennedy re-structured the whole project and its business operations, and unearthed an American financier. He has also helped sift through various uncertain pedigrees.
This marrying-into-royalty coincidence is made all the more odd (or sifted through) with the activities of another of Bailey’s associates, one Edwin de Roy of Zuydewijn who was an early director of Eligo according to Dutch scources. De Roy married Princess Margarita de Bourbon-Parma, the niece of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. According to the Times in 2003, this did not go smoothly. It states that De Roy argued that the Dutch Queen not only sought to damage his business, but also had him investigated by the Dutch equivalent of MI5. The de Roys were considering taking the Queen to court as it were:
“It is most unusual for the royal household to wash its dirty linen in public; normally the Queen keeps careful control over it,” says Hein Bruins, an expert on European nobility, in Amsterdam. “Nothing like this has happened before; the Dutch royals usually appear in the press only when dedicating public works or taking positions on politically correct issues. The only previous scandal to touch the household was in 1974, when it was alleged that Prince Bernhard took bribes from Lockheed.”
According to the Times De Roy told how he was subjected to “psychological terror” around the royal dinner table during an inquisition about his business background. The couple were also planning on suing Wim Kok, but this was smooted over. According to the Independent of 2003:
Palace insiders say Mr van Zuydewijn was seen as a “dodgy character” who styled himself as a baron. A genealogical expert told a Dutch newspaper his wing of the family had never been titled.
Margarita eventually divorced De Roy van Zuydewijn, in 2006.
De Roy’s Oxford University thesis was on arms deliveries from the Federal Republic of Germany to the Middle East.
Bailey is currently Chairman of Eligo International a lobbying and PR firm which states it was founded in 1997 and is ‘discreet’ and ‘hands-on’. Discreet about what and why, and who does it get its hands on?
According to biographies Bailey has also been Senior Media Counsellor at PR firm Manning Selvage & Lee (1996), Program Manager of Management Communications at IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (1995) and special projects exec, at Burson-Marsteller (1991-1995). He is also a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, normally the territory of people in the military and ‘security’ which has always crossed over into PR with its propaganda functions. Some fuss seems to have been made over his entry to Wikipedia which has now been deleted after some suspicion that much of the page had been self penned.
Eligo was engaged in PR work surrounding the Al Yamamah arms deal, funded by Shell and BAe and would seem to have high level diplomatic backing — this can also be seen in the line-up of the British Saudi Society. Ostensibly Bailey is a campaigner for greater inter-religious dialogue between (rich) Christian, Jews and Muslims in Britain and overseas—as readers of Max Weber will know people at the top of society who have ‘collected’ money from those below them will have us believe God favours an ‘elect’ and he calls them capitalists. Materialistically we have progressed quite far in religion from a man who owned nothing, and now it seems the mistake he made was to chase the money people out of the temple with those whips they made — we’re whipping them in now.
There is some evidence the government has used their services in a rather obscure way, as this non-denial denial from Hansard 12 Jun 2007 indicates:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) date, (b) value and (c) purpose was of each payment made by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies to Eligo International Limited since 1997. 
John Healey: None of the Chancellor’s departments or agencies has found any records of payments to Eligo International Limited within the last five years. Changes in accounting systems mean that a positive confirmation for all bodies over the whole period since 1997 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The dead see scrolls
The above picture is from the website of Bailey’s Constantinian Order from 2004 and is captioned with: “His Excellency Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, presented Mr Bailey with the insignia and diploma on behalf of the Syrian people”. Scroll down further and there is a picture of “His Excellency Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of the Republic of Yemen, also bestowed on Mr Bailey at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace”. His Excellency has gone after months of protests against his 33-year rule. Scroll down further and we see an event for the Lebanese elite where “The Duke of Calabria bestowed on Mr Auchi the Gold Benemerenti Medal of the Constantinian Order”. On Mr Auchi, it will be remembered that the allegation was made that he stood trial with Saddam Hussein for conspiring to assassinate Iraq’s Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qasim:
State Department records from the US Baghdad Embassy made at the time, and obtained by Wikileaks, confirm the Observer’s 2003 story. Saddam Hussein was tried in absentina. And not only did Nadhmi Auchi stand trial, but he was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment in 1960 for his part in the conspiracy–the supply machine guns, as a Ba’ath party member, to other members who carried out the attack.
Scroll down further and Bailey is back with Bashar al-Assad in the people’s Palace in Damascus. It is not just the fake religious Order that carries out this lobbying work, Bailey’s other set up ‘Eligio International’ which I will come back to below, also works in Syria (it consists of nothing other than Bailey). Its Women in Business Forum, set up in 2005, brought together the wives of the great dictators: Mrs Asma al-Assad, First Lady of Syria and Mrs Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt.
Bailey is a member of the Advisory Board of the Three Faiths Forum since 2002 and was also appointed (given the title) in April 2006 of the Grand Magistral Delegate for Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George — this likes to think of itself as an international Roman Catholic dynastic Order of Knighthood which supposedly took part in the Crusades. According to the Evening Standard it is all a bit of Hype and dressing-up:
This was once a rather quaint and tiny group of mainly royal and aristocrat Catholics. Princess Michael is a member of which few people had ever heard. But Bailey injected new life into the Constantinians. Using his vast network of contacts, he spread the order’s influence in Catholic circles. He made awards to high-profile individuals, including Baroness Thatcher, the Duke of Westminster and David Khalili, a collector of Islamic art recently named as one of Britain’s richest men. Bailey turned the sleepy, ancient order into a powerful and exclusive club. There were glittering dinners and receptions. Foreign royals, church leaders and dignitaries were feted by the newly rejuvenated Constantinians. Not everyone rejoiced at Bailey’s success, however. There is a rival Constantinian order based in Madrid, which views Bailey with disdain. His awarding of honours to non-Catholics has prompted scorn in the ranks of the Spanish Constantinians and suspicions of a self-promotion campaign.
This also adds that the order received tremendous publicity when it conferred knighthoods upon Bertie Ahern and Mary McAleese. “Mr Ahern was resplendent in a pale blue sash when he received his Knight Grand Order Cross of Merit with gold star,” but:
The medal lost some of its gloss, however, when Mr Ahern received a letter from His Excellency The Delegate Anthony Bailey last year. It was headed “Overdue Annual Subscription” and included a bill for £100. A source close to Mr Ahern said there was no mention of an annual subscription when he accepted the knighthood. Whether he paid up or not has not been disclosed.
According to the Sunday Irish Independent (March 9, 2008) Bailey is also associated with Fr. Michael Seed, the priest who oversaw Tony Blair’s re-branding as a Catholicism. Seed has attended Bailey’s gatherings, according to the orders web page (quoting the the Catholic Herald of 17 June 2005). The Evening Standard (February 27, 2008) ran an intriguing story on Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi whose estimated £2.57 billion fortune makes him one of Britain’s richest individuals. The story is mainly about Antoin “Tony” Rezko a fundraiser for Barak Obama and the purchase of a house that need not concern us here. But it states that Auchi:
In 2003 he was convicted of corruption in France in a case involving Elf, the state-owned oil company. It was alleged that he bribed Elf executives in a deal over a Kuwaiti oil refinery. More than a dozen Elf executives, including a former chairman, were convicted and jailed in the same trial. Mr Auchi was fined the equivalent of £1.5 million and given a 15-month suspended prison sentence.
Auchi argues he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. The Standard note:
Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, has been trying for several years to discover what role, if any, Mr Auchi played in advising ministers in the months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Mr Lamb, whose dogged researches forced Downing Street to reveal the names of Blair’s guests at Chequers, has also tried to establish if Blair and Mr Auchi held one-to-one meetings. So far, he said, he has been unsuccessful but has not abandoned the hunt.
Lamb argued that there were suspicions that the Government was helping Auchi in return for his secret assistance in the run-up to the war. In the end, Mr Auchi went to France voluntarily so the issue resolved itself. But here is where Bailey and his holy order comes in to arrange ‘awards’ for former fraudsters:
When it comes to major international affairs, Mr Auchi is an active player, if a discreet one. One of his links to Blair, the Standard can reveal, is through Anthony Bailey, a fixer who specialises in bringing top people together. Bailey has powerful Vatican connections he is believed to have been involved in visits made by the Blairs and is the British and Irish director of an ancient Catholic order, The Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George. In 2003, Mr Auchi was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Constantinian order. A year later he was awarded a pontifical order by Pope John Paul II. Mr Bailey is a generous donor to the Labour Party and gave it £50,000 in 2006. An earlier offering of £500,000 was rejected by party officials amid concern the money might have its origins abroad, which would be against the rules. Mr Bailey denied he was acting as a conduit for someone trying to gain favour with the ruling political party.
This also claims that Auchi is “believed to be a member of an elite club, Le Cercle, sometimes likened to the Bilderberg Group, a highly discreet band of international movers and shakers. Le Cercle meets once or twice a year with the express intention of bringing together people who run countries and international corporations or, as its members might like to think, the world.” In the New Statesman it was stated that Bailey was also the spokesman for Auchi.
Membership of the Constantinian Order includes Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General.
Bailey previously served as Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland from 2003-2006, which involved meetings with The Amir of Kuwait, “a strong supporter of inter-religious initiatives at home and abroad,” the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (ditto), His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, who resides in Istanbul in the military dictatorship called Turkey — these tie in with his work with Eligo as Bailey acts as a broker on various deals.
For a Christian Bailey tends to be rather unforgiving and un-cheek-turning in respect of other’s opinion of what he does and what Eligo do or don’t do. Thanks to the Legal Department of Eligo: The Daily Mirror and The New Statesman removed “ambiguities” from their websites; the ‘inaccuracies are reproduced on the Eligo website like some kind of modern Malleus Maleficarum and are as follows:
1. Mr Bailey is not and has never been the PR representative of Mr Mahmoud Khayami. […].
2. Mr Bailey has not and does not act in any capacity for President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe or his regime. In 1994 Mr Bailey organised at the request of the of the UK Government during his time as an executive of PR firm Burson-Marsteller, a UK Government Trade Forum held at the Zimbabwe High Commission. This event was held under the auspices of the then Conservative Government and presided over by the then President of Board of Trade, the Rt Hon Michael Heseltine, MP. This official event was also held as part of the 1994 State Visit of the Zimbabwean President to Britain at the personal invitation of Her Majesty the Queen.
3. Mr Bailey has not and does not act in any capacity for former President Alberto Fujimori of Peru. Similarly to above, Mr Bailey was involved in the co-ordination of an Official Visit to Peru in 1994 by a member of the British Royal Family. From 1993-1994 additional tourism and trade promotional work was undertaken whilst Mr Bailey was an executive of PR firm Burson-Marsteller for the Peruvian promotional agency, PromPeru.
4. Mr Bailey has not and does not act in any capacity for President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria. Similarly to above, Mr Bailey […] professionally assisted in the 2003 UK DTI and British Embassy sponsored Women in Business International conference held in Damascus. In addition an inter-religious conference held in the presence of Mr Al-Assad for Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders was organised by Mr Bailey on behalf of the Constantinian Order.
And you thought PR firms like Burson-Marsteller used phony-baloney front organisations (whited sepulchres) for ulterior motives—shame on you or should that be: “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” The other problem as regards religion and all this wealth is that it is the Devil who is the ‘god of this world’ as far as the Gospels are concerned. When the devil takes Jesus to a high mountain and shows him all the kingdoms of the world “and the glory of them” and says “all these things I will give to thee” (there’s a catch of course), Jesus doesn’t say they’re not yours to give. These days Satan would probably have made the initial advances via a PR company, Judas was the Apostle’s treasurer so perhaps he’d like to attend the Apostles in Business International conference in Damascus, may be that’s where St. Paul was heading.
According to an (2007) interview in the Independent Catholic News, Bailey had his job with Burson-Marsteller, when it “was handling some of the communications for Pope John Paul II’s pastoral visit to Poland in August 1991.” Bailey fondly remembers Pope John Paul II’s role in the cold war. Back in 1996 reports say he also joined IBM as personal press secretary to Lucio Stanca, then chairman of IBM Europe. Stanca is Vice President of the Aspen Institute Italia and went on to be part of the Berlusconi ‘government’.
The Aspen institute’s trustees include Henry E. Catto (former director of the U.S. Information Agency), Lord Charles Powell (Chairman of Atlantic Partnership etc.) and so forth and religion is not that far away here: trustees also include Margot Pritzker, Chair of the Zohar Education Project Inc., “a 15 year project to translate the Zohar, the canonical work of Jewish mysticism into English”. And where would you be working with that Margot? Remote areas of the Himalayas and Afghanistan perhaps. Life time members include Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Henry A. Kissinger and the Institute has the difficult job of promoting US capitalism abroad.
Their document on the institutes ‘Milestones‘ tells us that: The Aspen Strategy Group was formed in 1990, with Joseph S. Nye, Jr. as director; John Gardner, the founder of Common Cause, was named as special advisor to the Aspen Institute in 1977; the East-West Project was initiated in 1983, participants later included Edward Heath, Helmut Schmidt, Pierre Trudeau, Jacob Javits, George Kennan, Eliot Richardson, and Shirley Williams; in 1991 President George Bush and Margaret Thatcher delivered addresses at the Institute’s fortieth anniversary celebration at the time of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and “Their meetings in Aspen led to the assembly of a multinational military force” (who says arts organisations are useless politically); the 1995 “Managing Conflict in the Post-Cold War World: The Role of Intervention,” involved Margaret Thatcher and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III; 2007 brought the creation of their The Middle East Strategy Group with US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes.
The Missionary Position
Bailey used his position (which he seems to have purchased like some papal indulgence) on the Foreign Policy Centre (he is ‘Chief Policy Adviser’ and the FPC is headed by MI6’s Baroness Ramsay) to engage in ‘interfaith’ activities (the site on this has ‘Having Faith in Foreign Policy‘).
The Foreign Policy Centre and Eligo International’s Faith in Foreign Policy is demonstrated in a collection of essays asking “what is the relationship between religion and the state in a post-modern society” — exploitative would seem to be the short answer, but ‘faith’ and religion have become tools for quite a few operators such as repentant Iran/Contra sinner Elliot Abrams. He’s “the guy who lied and wheedled to aid and protect human rights abusers,” The Nation’s David Corn wrote upon Abrams’ 2001 return to government.We need not go into Abrams defence of the U.S.-backed military regime in El Salvador even after evidence emerged of regime-sponsored massacres and so on, the point is, as Michael Crowley put in in Slate in 2005 that Abrams used his time out of government to develop the new specialty that paved his path back: religion and the Middle East.
In 1996 he became president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington outfit dedicated to applying faith-based morality to public policy. To boost support for Israel, Abrams urged a new kinship between observant Jews and evangelical Christians. He promoted a strongly pro-Israel stance toward peace negotiations with the Palestinians, criticizing the 1993 Oslo accords as too demanding of Israel.
Having already used ‘patriotism’ as a last refuge Abrams was converted into chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. According to Rightweb The Ethics and Public Policy Center is one of several institutes and programs established by neoconservatives to promote an increased role of religion in public policy. This argues that Abrams used an instrumentalist position on human rights, saying that human rights should be a “policy tool” of the U.S. government. The Center was previously run by Ernest Lefever, one of the founding members of the 1970s version of the anti-communist Committee on the Present Danger, for writers such as the Nation’s David Corn in 2001, “One Abrams specialty was massacre denial”.
On wonders if Bailey has studied Abrams (2001) The Influence of Faith: Religious Groups and U.S. Foreign Policy, this draws its inspiration from Samuel Huntington and was funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation drawing on the center’s work, and says:
“…some missionaries became what we would now call lobbyists and their “interest group” often allied with less devout expansionists” (p. 6)
The book also mentions “premillenial dispensationalism,” whereby the British promise of a “Jewish homeland in Palestine as evidence of Jesus’ imminent return” was used as propaganda or “attuned” as Abrams puts it. Premillenial dispensationalism” is still put about by Michael Ledeen and his wife. And he also speaks of Father Edmund Walsh, an American Jesuit priest, and founder of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, in 1919, the man who reputedly encouraged Senator McCarthy to use anti-Communism as a stepping stone. And it also mentions that Reagan’s presidential aides worked Pope John Paul “to crack open the Eastern Bloc,” a process Bailey seemed to have joined in.
Trust in Me
Bailey is also a member and provides funding for of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group of religious politicians such as Ann Widdecombe. Bailey is also Chairman of the St George’s Chapel Appeal of Westminster Cathedral and is a Member of the Consultative Board of the Maimonides Foundation which features Gulam Noon who made a secret £250,000 loan to the Labour Party. Noon has stated to the Times that he was “specifically instructed not to mention the £250,000 loan because it was refundable and therefore circumvented funding rules.” It is odd that Bailey has never encountered Ruth Kelly (a fellow Catholic) also caught up in the paperwork surrounding the deal.
According to the Guardian, Mahmoud Khayami’s relationship with Labour was fostered by Bailey as the party’s newly appointed chair of its ‘faith task force’, although again Bailey’s role in this is ambiguous—the Observer of 2007, December 2 pointed out that:
‘There isn’t a faith task force,’ Stephen Timms, the party’s vice-chairman with responsibility for faith issues, told me last week. ‘My personal view is that it might be useful and that it would report to me, but we need to establish clearly what it would do and who’s going to be involved.’ This is what politicians might refer to as ‘distancing’ yourself from the original plans. The chair was due to be held by Anthony Bailey, the millionaire public-relations executive who is a somewhat colourful figure on the international stage.
The ‘task force’ was said to see Bailey work alongside Keith Vaz MP.
Bailey asked that a Guardian article (and many others) was amended on June 24, 2007 to clarify that he is a public-relations executive, not a ‘lobbyist’ as was previously stated by the Guardian. Khayami was a major donor to the United Learning Trust (ULT) “an Anglican foundation headed by Lord Carey”, of which the report stated Bailey was also a board member. In other reports the heathens at the Guardian see this as back-door privatisation in the “new state schools’ market.”
His position in the Foreign Policy Centre has connected Bailey to the government’s ‘public diplomacy’ work, which is now headed by Jolyon Welsh’s and Ian Hargreaves at the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Joylon is also a member of The Saudi British Society (SBS), and in 2004 this merry throng were joined by one Mr Anthony Bailey.
The Vicar of Baghdad
According to Eligo Bailey was “appointed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, as a member of the Advisory Council of the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East,” this which states:
“The Foundation’s Trustees and Advisory Board consist of former and serving diplomats, business-people, peace makers, religious leaders…”
Although they are not forthcoming in specifying who these people actually are. They do include such sane voices of Christian tolerance as Sir Andrew Burns now the resident spook in the BBC governors (replacing Dame Pauline Neville-Jones) he was once with HM Diplomatic Service, with a strong interest in India and South Asia and is now Non-Executive Director of JP Morgan Fleming Chinese Investment Trust, which focuses on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan— they call such a familiar move ‘going to Heaven’ in the Service. According to his declaration of interests, Burns is also a member of British Consultants and Contractors Bureau (BCCB) who help out with the contracts in Iraq. It also includes Prince Michael the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons (who Bailey has some connection with as mentioned above). Indeed the Foundation’s (entirely unpolitical) work in Iraq is much appreciated by Lady Caroline Cox, when she is not busy with the social millieux of the Jerusalem Summit or her work opposing the building of a ‘mega-mosque’ in West Ham with think-tank Civitas.
Run by ‘The Vicar of Baghdad,’ Canon’ Andrew White (Chaplain to the Allied Forces in Iraq) The Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRME) works with the (rather war-like) United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and other public diplomacy operations. For the July 4, 2007 Times FRME is “an organisation at the forefront of peacemaking in Iraq,” this also states that Canon White has had meetings with senior al-Qaeda representatives and that “he passed the information on to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office” and that he “works closely with the US and British Governments in hostage negotiations” and that he is “a grand commander of the order of merit of the Knights Templar of Jerusalem.” Part of a crusade one might say.
FRME is funded by the UK government and the US Department of Defense, which also works with USIP. Canon White is the Special Envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, just like Terry Waite — although he doesn’t seem to have met Oliver North. Apart from USIP their partners are: Foreign Commonwealth Office of the British Government, the US Department of State, the US Department of Defense, the World Economic Forum, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Where is Israeli intelligence in all this? their site adds that:
We further partner with top peace and reconciliation centres around the world including Mosaica and the Adam Centre in Israel, the Adam Centre in Gaza, the Iraqi Institute of Peace in Baghdad, the Tanenbaum Center in New York, and many other organizations.
According to GuideStar the trustees are Martin Berger, Ann Murphy, Christopher Segar (who we will discuss below), Pastor David A. Harland and Rev. Simon A. Weeden and the FRME is a subsidury of The Naaman Trust, (which has the same trustees) described as the the relief wing of Canon Andrew White’s and Canon J. John’s ministry, by the Philo Trust (a shop run by religious entrepreneur J. John). There’s little mention of Bailey in any of the discussion of the organisation by a 2005 speech to the Interreligious International Federation for World Peace by Sir Sigmund Sternberg (of the Labour Finance and Industry Group) tells us that:
As many of you will know, in the summer of 2001, Canon Andrew White, of Coventry Cathedral, was approached by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and asked to ascertain whether there was anything that could be done to engage the religious leadership of Israel and Palestine in the faltering peace process.
This resulted in the ‘Alexandria Declaration’ (“the religious component of the World Economic Forum”) which has the “backing of the Israeli Government, the Palestinian leadership, the British Prime Minister and the US State Department” hence the funding. This adds that “After a series of covert meetings in and around Jerusalem,” the board chaired by the “former head of the British Office in Baghdad, Mr Christopher Segar”, and that new Foundation’s policy advisory council, headed by Lord Carey, “includes at least five former British ambassadors in the Middle East.” Then Sir Sigmund allowed himself a moment of levity (having previously noted that “many of the Palestinian delegates encountered severe difficulties in travelling out of their neighbourhoods”) with:
Indeed, one of the small miracles of the House of Lords’ gathering was to have both the Israeli Ambassador and the Saudi Ambassador speaking from the same platform.
Bailey is also Director of the Forthspring Inter-Community Group which works to foster ties between ‘the divided communities’ of Northern Ireland and is a Special Counsel to the King Faisal Foundation and the Arab Thought Foundation — two of the largest philanthropic foundations in the Arab world dedicated to education, science, medicine and literature. He is a friend of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, son of the late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, and was appointed in 1999 by the Prince as Chairman of Painting & Patronage — which brought together Prince Khalid Al-Faisal in exchange programmes with the Prince of Wales in London and Riyadh during 2000-2001 in relation to the Al Yamamah arms deal. Bailey is also a board member of numerous British-Arab groups such as the Moroccan-British Society, the British Saudi Society (which also has close ties to the Al Yamamah arms deal) and the British Moroccan Society.
Millions stand behind me
According to Brand Republic back in 1996 Bailey used to be the main features editor for ‘Royalty’ magazine and when he left Burson-Marsteller in June 1995, worked as a freelance journalist and press secretary to various disgruntled royals including Crown Prince Muhammad, the exiled Emperor Amha Selassie I of Ethiopia and King Simeon II Bulgaria. Bailey became a supporter of the Labour Party in 1996 while also supporting the Conservative Party. Lesser mortals may find contradictions here, not Bailey. As he told the Independent Catholic News:
“I see no contradiction in singing both national anthems at sporting events; or, for that matter, in being a fiercely loyal republican in Dublin and a supporter of constitutional monarchy in London.”
Sounds very Kim Philby—God, the Devil, republic, monarchy what’s the difference— if Bailey wants to sign the British national anthem somewhere in Ireland we should let him. But the fact that he states he sees no contradiction does not mean that none exists.
He is a member of the Labour Party and the Amicus trade union. It was reported in The Times in March 2005 (the article is currently subject to another legal action brought by Bailey) that the Party had turned down an offer by Bailey to donate to the Party’s 2005 General Election campaign following a dispute between Bailey and a leading Labour party figure.
Party bosses initially decided in January to accept the money from Anthony Bailey, whose clients include members of the Saudi royal family; BAE Systems, the defence firm under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office; and businesses owned by Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born industrialist with legal problems in France. However, the party — despite facing a £5m shortfall in its general election fund — has now decided to reject the donation after background checks on Bailey caused concern at Labour headquarters.
The issues was reportedly the question of whether Bailey was being used as a ‘conduit’ by forces other than the divine:
It is unclear how he became wealthy enough to afford such a large gift. His company’s last published accounts reveal Bailey made a gross annual profit of £126,685 in 2003. But he says he has other sources of income. A Labour party source said: “We were concerned that Bailey might have been a conduit for the money, although we should stress there is no evidence this was the case.”
According to the Times, it is thought to be only the third time Labour has rejected a donation.
A year later, according to the Independent, Labour did accept a donation from Bailey.
Bailey, 36, was one of 28 people who declared in a national press advertisement they were “proud to help fund the Labour Party”… Mr Bailey’s inclusion surprised some Labour insiders. Last year, the party reportedly turned down his offer of £500,000 amid concerns that he was a lobbyist with clients including members of the Saudi royal family and defence companies such as BAE Mr Bailey’s inclusion surprised some Labour insiders. Last year, the party reportedly turned down his offer of £500,000 amid concerns that he was a lobbyist with clients including members of the Saudi royal family and defence companies such as BAE.
Bailey had clashed with the controversial Labour fundraiser and Tony Blair’s Middle Eastern envoy, Lord Levy. Tony Blair, Party Chair Hazel Blears and the Chairman of the Labour Party’s National Executive Council, Sir Jeremy Beecham have all publicly endorsed Bailey and welcomed his support. In November 2006 the Electoral Commission published its quarterly report which stated that Bailey had made a £50,600 donation to the Labour Party. Bailey is also a member of the Party’s Labour Finance and Industry Group, like Sir Sigmund Sternberg and Chief Policy Adviser of the Party’s international think tank, the Foreign Policy Centre —a position to which he was appointed in May 2006. Both LFIG and the FPC have connections to Baroness Ramsay of MI6 and rather a lot more.
He is known to be active in the promotional of the Party’s education, prison reform, inter-religious and community programmes.
Desparate for cash Blears wrote a letter grovelling apology for the mix up over what was first regarded as filthy lucre, and praised Bailey’s ‘charity’ work and involvement in the London Challenge Ministerial Advisory Group. According to the Register of Members’ Interests an Anthony Bailey, of London made a personal donation to Hazel Blears MP as did a Mr Mahmoud Khayami, of London which was Registered on the 15 August 2007. Press reports such as the Mail’s noticed the Khayami money but not Bailley’s.
Bailey is an adviser to the Department of Education and Skills since 2002 and is a member of the Government’s London Challenge Ministerial Advisory Group and the Ministerial Task Force on Gifted and Talented Education which report to Education Minister Lord Adonis. Bailey has raised over £8 million pounds for the British Government’s City Academy initiative. Bailey is a Board Director of the United Learning Trust— the largest sponsor of City Academies in England. Bailey is a member of the Governing Bodies of the Sheffield Springs and Sheffield Park Academies. Bailey was also appointed by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster as a Foundation Governor of the Archdiocese of Westminster and is a member of the Governing Body of The Douay Martyrs School where he was a pupil between 1981-1988.
According to their website Eligo International is:
“a dynamic and well-established public relations and public affairs company offering its clients innovative, creative and competitively priced communications solutions. Our experienced team of communications experts are engaged in developing and pro-actively executing the communications needs of statesmen and public figures, governments, diplomatic missions, senior corporate and industry leaders at home and abroad. From our inception, this has embraced all aspects of client communications including media relations, political lobbying, issues and crisis management, economic, trade, tourism and cultural promotion, co-ordination of VIP visits, as well as personal profiling and reputation management programmes”
The Foreign Policy Centre describe the outfit as a “public diplomacy firm.” Like New Labour, Bailey’s little outfit really started in 1997 ‘Eligio’ means ‘to elect’. Since then his clients have been from Saudi Arabia, including “essential elements of the Official Visit of HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES to Saudi Arabia (2001).” In the corporate field “Anthony has worked under contract to BAE SYSTEMS, SHELL INTERNATIONAL”. But it is not what you think Eligo’s website makes it clear this is about ART AND CULTURE:
“From 1999+ Anthony has been appointed Chairman of the Advisory Group of the PAINTING & PATRONAGE royal initiative which in 2000 and 2001 brought together HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES AND HRH PRINCE KHALID AL-FAISAL in the largest-ever cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2001 Anthony was awarded the CERTICIFATE OF RECOGNITION by the International Public Relations Association for his work in creating this major cultural initiative.”
One wonders why God directed him to be Media Adviser to Manning, Selvage and Lee Limited, (1996) Senior Account Director of Burson-Marsteller International (1991-1995) as well as Program Manager of Management Communications at IBM Europe Middle East And Africa in Paris (1995). Or why he was a freelance journalist for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines from 1988-1998. It would seem to be so he could help out with Royal paintings and nothing whatsoever to do with MI6. Although they do say they work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that too as we have seen is all part of God’s plan, further proof came when His Holiness Pope John Paul II knighted him as a Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of Pope Saint Sylvester (HOLY SEE) and Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
Eligo’s ”Painting & Patronage” in London and in Riyadh (where would renaissance art be without the Borgias?) brought together the public and artistic capabilities of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. As a result of the success of Eligo and its business partners, “Painting & Patronage was heralded both officially and publicly in the media as the largest and most successful cultural exchange programme ever between Great Britain and Saudi Arabia and its dynasties.” Apart of course from the Al Yammamah deal, which has nothing to do with this and to absolutely prove this:
“So as to continue the good efforts of the exhibition, a free entry summer school for students was established through Eligo with The Prince’s Foundation and the King Faisal Foundation. Eligo ensured through its sponsorship capabilities the sponsorship of both BAE SYSTEMS and Shell.”
Although if you did want to use some art-stunt to sell arms for oil:
“Eligo researches how a client corporation is perceived by its different audiences and recommends strategies that improve or enhance these perceptions and impact on key decision -makers, opinion-formers and ultimately stakeholders.”
And Eligo also tell us that by happy co-incidence (divine intervention?) they have seen “extensive corporate experience at work for clients across the world and in a variety of ways. This has included among many others Shell, BAe Systems, General Mediterranean Holding, Raffles Hotels, Balkan Holidays and Shell Companies in Saudi Arabia.”
Eligo has a thank you page which includes an endorsement from Al Yammamah’s Margaret Thatcher who had this to say:
“I was truly delighted to have had the opportunity to participate in your exciting programme of events. I wish Eligo every success in its work which I was pleased to learn will now be launched across Europe and North America.”
Ecumenical as ever Eligo also worked for New Labour. An image of protestors is provided by their site and that is how they advertise how their ‘crisis management specialists’ are on constant standby ‘to counsel our clients facing potential or soon-to-become public crisis situations’. This is resolved in a ‘discreet, cost effective and innovative way.’
Some concluding remarks
Royal titles, an ‘in’ through think tanks (from the Monday Club to the Foreign Policy Centre), diplomatic cover, brokerage between wealthy individuals who mysteriously make counter intuitive donations to parties and politicians, PR work for military/industrial companies, influence peddling, lobbying work and the concomitant bending and distortion of the democratic features of the political process, a PR front and use of the the courts to defend it, the pool of exiled aristocrats, religious operators, immodest and politicised charity work and the involvement of the intelligence services are all similarities between Kennedy and Bailey. Bailey’s acceptance onto the FPC and the LFIG (both of which involve Baroness Ramsay) are interesting: but these organisations may well be full of people who hate one and other and pull in different directions, exploiting it and using it for their own ends, and this is confirmed to a certain extent by disgruntled insiders. Nevertheless we see another confluence of lobbying, think tanks and the intelligence services and the type of people who engage in such a millieux. What precise role they play is ambiguous and deliberately so.