Thursday, September 18, 2008

Soros, Manning, Blank and the Bank of Scotland


Sir David Manning is on the board of Lloyds TSB, which hopes to takeover Halifax - Bank of Scotland (HBOS).

Manning, who is Jewish, was HM ambassador to Israel between 1995 and 1998, foreign policy adviser to Blair from 2001 to 2003 and HM ambassador to the USA from 2003 to 2007.

On 31 July the Times disclosed that Sir David Manning was in the United States on 9 11. (Cached)

The Guardian described Manning as Britain's 'national security adviser' ". The BBC said that Manning was "head of the cabinet office defence and overseas secretariat" and was already "well known and respected in the White House".


Sir Victor Blank is the chairman of Lloyds TSB which hopes to take over the Bank of Scotland (HBOS).

Blank is the first Jew to chair a major UK clearing bank, Lloyds Halifax.

Blank is involved with the Labour Friends of Israel and is a governor of Tel Aviv University.

He is a promoter of business links between the UK and Israel. (Cached)

Blank is a member of the Jewish Leadership Council, which promotes Jewish interests.

Other members of the Jewish leadership Council include: Sir Ronald Cohen, Lord Janner and Lord Levy.

Blank was chairman of UJS (Union of Jewish Students) Hillel, an organisation which supports Jewish students.

Reportedly, the Union of Jewish Students is a zionist organization. (Cached)

Blank is a former Director of The Royal Bank of Scotland.

On 15 September 2008, Gordon Brown discussed HBOS with Sir Victor Blank.

Photo of Soros taken by Jeff Ooi. Posted to

In 1997, banks got into difficulty in Asia.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad thought he knew who was behind it all: George Soros, Jewish currency trader. (MAHATHIR VS. SOROS)

In 1992, the UK had the crisis of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

The Bank of England was forced to abandon efforts to stabilize the pound sterling.

A certain Jewish gentleman claimed that he had personally made over $1 billion in speculation against the British pound.

The speculator was the Hungarian-born George Soros, who reportedly has links to the Rothschilds, Mark Rich, and Rafi Eytan. (The Secret Financial Network Behind "Wizard" George Soros)

Soros allegedly "spent the war in Hungary under false papers working for the Nazi government, identifying and expropriating the property of wealthy fellow Jews." (The Secret Financial Network Behind "Wizard" George Soros)

George Soros reportedly played a part in undermining banks and currencies during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. (George Soros' role in the Asia Crisis of 1997)

Jakarta skyscrapers by Kevin Aurell from Indonesian Wikipedia

In 1997, some people suspected there was a plot against Indonesia.

"Indonesia's banking sector was devastated by the crisis that began in October 1997.

"Of the largest banks - the seven original state banks and the ten largest formerly private banks - none managed to remain solvent...

"65 were closed, 9 merged, and 4 nationalized." - (Banking Collapse and Restructuring in Indonesia, 1997-2001)

Up to 1997, the fundamentals of the Indonesian economy looked sound.

But, the Asian economies had been urged by the West to liberalise and deregulate markets and allow in lots of European and Japanese money.

Huge sums of money did flow in.

Then speculators shouted ‘fire’.

And the money flowed out."

There was a suspicion that the money-men in New York and London were taking advantage of events and that a lot of banks and businesses in South East Asia would end up in American and British hands

Edingburgh, Scotland from Flickr p5070019

Is there a plot against Scotland?

Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, has attacked the "spivs and speculators" who have targeted Scottish-based bank HBOS. (Salmond attacks financial 'spivs')

Salmond told BBC Scotland that HBOS was soundly based.

He said that financial regulators should have acted to prevent the speculative attack.

HBOS is to merge with Lloyds TSB after its share price plummeted.

A union has warned the merger could be "catastrophic" for the 17,000 HBOS staff based in Scotland

Salmond said the financial regulators the Financial Services Authority left HBOS vulnerable to speculative attack by failing to act.

He said HBOS was properly funded and had a good capital ratio.

"I am very angry that we can have a situation where a bank can be forced into a merger by basically a bunch of short-selling spivs and speculators in the financial markets," he said.

"We should not have situations where well capitalised, properly funded financial institutions are subject to incredible speculative attack, and that drives them into decision making which they otherwise might not have done.

"You have got to put the hems on that sort of activity, otherwise we will have a succession of companies going through the same process. All financial regulators have got to wake up to where we are at the present moment."

Reportedly, Tom McKillop, Chairman, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, attended the 2008 Bilderberg meeting. (Cached)

What decisions might have been taken there about weakening Scotland and its SNP government?

Scott Reid, Deputy Business Editor of Glasgow's Herald newspaper (now American owned) reports that the chief executive and chairman of Lloyds Halifax will have the whip hand in the merged bank. (Scott Reid's blog: My part in HBOS's downfall)

Scotland will lose a major plc head office and lots of high street branches.

"Already Edinburgh, its business community, its band of lawyers, accountants and advisors will have been left reeling by the enormity of this week's events", writes Reid.

Reid mentions market murmurs of a possible HSBC/ Royal Bank of Scotland tie-up.

Reid comments: "the last person to leave Edinburgh: please turn off the light."


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