The Occupy Movement has found an unlikely ally in a senior Bank of England official, Andrew Haldane, who has praised protesters for their role in triggering an overhaul of the financial services sector.Occupy's voice had been 'loud and persuasive' said Andrew Haldane. Photograph: Rex Features

Haldane, who oversees the City for the central bank, said Occupy acted as a lever on policymakers despite criticism that its aims were too vague. He said theprotest movement was right to focus on inequality as the chief reason for the 2008 crash, following studies that showed the accumulation of huge wealth funded by debt was directly responsible for the domino-like collapse of the banking sector in 2008.

Speaking at a debate held by the Occupy Movement in central London, Haldane said regulations limiting credit use would undermine attempts by individuals to accumulate huge property and financial wealth at the expense of other members of society. Allowing banks to lend on a massive scale also drained funding from other industries, adding to the negative impact that unregulated banks had on the economy, he said.

The hard-hitting speech is unlikely to find a warm welcome in the Square Mile, which is keen for bank lending to recover to its heady pre-crisis levels and bring accompanying profits and commissions. Lending to individuals and corporations in the UK has fallen to a fraction of the levels seen in 2007 when few banks checked the income status of individual borrowers or the risks being taken by corporate customers before offering a loan. The Bank of England will impose stricter lending rules on banks next year when it takes over regulation of the industry from the Financial Services Authority.

Haldane said Occupy's voice had been "loud and persuasive" and that "policymakers have listened and are acting in ways which will close those fault-lines" with a "reformation of finance that Occupy has helped stir". He said inequality was fuelled by bank lending for speculation on property and other assets that enriched some in society at the expense of others.

"The asset-rich, in particular the owner-occupying rich, became a lot richer. Meanwhile, the asset-less and indebted fell further behind. In other words, the pre-crisis asset price bubble acted like a regressive tax," he said.

Anthea Torr, eco-entrepreneur and part of the local Freeman Movement - 'The Republic of Good Hope', has recently faced trial and a warrant for her arrest in an attempt for her critisms of the system to be heard.
Anthea Torr, owner of Enchantrix
Anthea Torr, owner of Enchantrix

It all began with a building.

Having lately become very interested in the Freeman Society movement , Anthea decided not to follow the compliant route of obtaining legal papers for her structure, explaining her reasons clearly in 6 letters hand delivered to the council over the duration of a year.

Reaching the crux of the matter on Valentines Day, I watched as Anthea stood defiant in court - along with her supporters - refusing to be just another case but rather questioning the very system in charge.

Declaring herself not Anthea Torr, but a 'representative of the entity Anthea Torr', she asked to read aloud a written speech she had prepared. The magistrate and prosecutor seemed unsure of how to respond, but certainly appeared perturbed, dismissing her from the court rather quickly. A warrant for Anthea's arrest (based on her 'absence') was apparently put out immediately.

It was at this point that I left them, a group of murmuring revolutionaries huddled outside the Simon's Town courts, but I later learnt of Anthea's triumph: by persevering in her discussions with the magistrate and prosecutor her arrest warrant was dropped and she was promised an audience with none other than the senior prosecutor, who would be able to answer any questions she had.

Using this opportunity to confront the City of Cape Town on certain issues she feels strongly about, Anthea is now busy preparing her questions as she expects to meet with the senior prosecutor soon.

'I decided I would take a stand in the name of Freedom,' says Anthea. 'If you do your research carefully you will discover that virtually every country in the world is beholden to the World Bank and the people that control it, control the leaders by terror and bribery.'

She explains that the 'Republic of South Africa'(and most countries of the world) is registered as a corporation and all us who live therein are considered 'legal entities'. The Freeman Movement worldwide has been working to expose these irksome facts amongst others, working to promote freedom, truth, peace and abundance in the process.

'By virtue of the system that we are in, to a large extent our freewill is removed,' Anthea believes. 'We are held in this system of economic slavery, and have little option but to operate within it. It is the very system that is preventing the people in this country and around the world, from living in peaceful, orderly and considerate ways...'

What will come of Anthea's meet with the senior prosecutor is anybody's guess, but one has to acknowledge her formidable courage. Who knows, maybe this will be the beginning of something great...

To see Greg Copelands video on Anthea, click here.


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Details are leaking of a top-secret, global corporate power grab of breathtaking scope -- attacking everything from a free Internet to health and environmental regulations, and we have just 4 days to stop it. 


Big business has a new plan to fatten their pockets: a giant global pact, with an international tribunal to enforce it, that is kept top secret for years (even from our lawmakers!) and then brought down like a Death Star on our democracies. Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Walmart and almost 600 other corporate lobbyists are all in on the draft -- including limits on smoking laws, affordable medicines and free speech on the Net.

The latest round of negotiations ends in just 4 days -- but outcries in each of our countries could shake the confidence of negotiators and scuttle the talks forever. Let's get to a million against the global corporate takeover. Sign below and forward widely. Avaaz will project our petition counter on the walls of the conference so negotiators can see the opposition to their plan exploding in real time: 

The deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is written to protect investors from government regulation, even if that regulation is passed in the public interest. Leaked versions suggest the TPP would undermine protections for air and water safety and reintroduce measures from the US Internet freedom attack as well as steamrolling efforts to produce generic affordable medicines. Worse still, lawmakers who fail to conform to the TPP’s rules face sanctions in an international tribunal -- a place where corporations can sue us for deals previous governments signed in secret! 

Negotiators say this is just a trade agreement, written to facilitate investment and profit for all. But the leaked draft imposes so many limits on citizen protections, it's clear this "trade" agreement is skewed to put corporate profit above people's needs -- that's not surprising since it's been drafted in secret with almost 600 corporate lobbyists.

But there is hope: Australia is bucking against the international tribunal system, and New Zealand is objecting to the takeover of its medicine-pricing protections that keep drugs affordable. Massive public opposition, casting doubt over each country's ability to sell TPP at home, could derail the talks for good. Sign the petition now, and forward widely -- the delegates and lobbyists are watching the wave of opposition grow in real time: 

US Candidate for Senate, Elizabeth Warren in a recent speech said: “Corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters, because we don't run this country for corporations, we run it for people." Let’s reach one million to stop the corporate takeover of our governments. 

With hope, 

Iain, Pedro, Laura, Ari, Emma, Lisa, Luca, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

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Insufficient evidence prompted a court to discharge a Whangarei fisherman who refused to pay his motor vehicle registration and licence fees in protest that the payments should not be forced upon motorists by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Marc Pawley





Insufficient evidence prompted a court to discharge a Whangarei fisherman who refused to pay his motor vehicle registration and licence fees in protest that the payments should not be forced upon motorists by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Marc Pawley walked out of the Whangarei District Court a free man yesterday after Judge John McDonald ruled the Crown had not provided any evidence that suggested the fisherman wanted to obtain a pecuniary advantage by displaying his own registration plate and warrant of fitness.

The 53-year-old had received infringement notices on four separate occasions when stopped by police who discovered he had registered his Nissan Terrano to himself until December 21, 2012 and manufactured his own registration plate 528MDP.

On the fifth occasion, police charged him with using a document for pecuniary advantage instead of issuing further infringement notices because he was not paying the fines.

Pawley argued the Land Transport legislation did not stipulate that motor vehicles have to be registered with the government entity.

Judge McDonald said gaining a pecuniary advantage meant law enforcement officers would be fooled into believing the labels Pawley displayed were genuine so he could avoid paying for those issued by the agency.

In fact, the evidence went the other way in that Pawley wanted to make a statement of alleged breaches to his human rights and the illegality of motorists being forced to enter into a contract with the agency.

The judge, however, made it clear to Pawley that he still had to register his vehicle and pay for a warrant of fitness by someone authorised by the agency.

Despite the outcome, Judge McDonald commended Senior Sergeant Steve Dickson for his decision to lay the charge.

Outside court, Pawley praised the judge's ruling, saying his whole emphasis was not about money.


He wrote to the then police District Commander for Northland, Superintendent Mike Rusbatch, police prosecutions, Crown Law, Chief Justice and to the NZTA but none could point out specific sections in the relevant legislation that required him to register his vehicle to the agency.

"The whole thing could have been sorted out if they'd answered my question," he said.

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CONSENT - The Most Important Word In The English Language

- And Possibly The Least Understood

We are all familiar with the concept of being "governed by consent", but how many of us truly know what this means?


The answer, I’m afraid, is very few of us indeed.There is a widely held view that voting at elections is the way by which we give our consent to being governed by a particular group of politicians – this is an entirely false assumption as can be deduced logically from the fact that not everyone votes for the political party that eventually secures office. There may be a temptation to think that consent is somehow a collective notion, but this flies in the face of common sense. If somebody makes a decision on your behalf contrary to your wishes, then it is patently obvious that you have not consented - you have been coerced i.e. forced to accept the imposition of others, and this cannot be construed as consent under any circumstance.

When we vote at elections we are simply deciding which political party will run the executive. Consent is an entirely different matter. Consent is categorically an individual action. You are governed by the government of the day entirely because you and you alone consent. The trick is of course that ‘they’ have secured your consent without you realising how and when.

You give your consent every time you engage with the government or with one of its many institutions, such as the Inland Revenue. The next time you fill in your tax return, remember that at the moment you sign it, you are consenting to paying tax. The same applies when you complete your car registration, you are consenting to paying road tax.

The list goes on - whenever you sign your name, you are consenting.

No matter how difficult it may be to understand... TAX IS VOLUNTARY.

Now, those of you who feel compelled to shout ‘rubbish’ at the page – calm down and read on. Turn down your internal switch marked ‘conditioning’ and turn up the switch marked ‘logic’ and you will start to make more sense of it all – it won’t come easily but it will slowly start to dawn on you that all governance, including taxation - must be consensual. If not, then we are mere slaves, compelled to do as we are told.