While The Rich Hunt – The Poor Go To Jail

Newt Gingrich applauds Thatcher and her class warfare against the poor on the campaign trail. Two evangelical candidates for president and vice president have backed Newt. Cain and Palin represent the Christian-right. Thatcher is a foreigner who worked hard to take food from the poor in America.

Here is one of Thatcher’s right-hand men, now dead. He should have gone to jail. He is a Freemason.

I posted about John de Rougemont over eight years ago.

Jon The Preparer of The Way

The Hunting Hardships of Sir Michael John de Rougemont Richardson


“Away from the City, Michael Richardson’s passion was hunting: “I
love the moment when the horse and I sail over the fence,” he
observed. “Then if we’re still in one piece, we look for the next

(Images: The Hunt. Fox and Freemason. Lloyd’s. Far Left: Sir Clive
Rougemont, CEO of Lloyd’s and Commandder of Sea Cadets. Lord


“And the poor get poorer.”

You are all fair game, I’ve told everyone” says Kim Richardson,
the “money-man” and head of the West Sussex based Crawley and
Horsham Hunt. Seconds after this video was shot, a hunt supporter
head-butted a 17 year old anti hunt campaigner in front of
Richardson, breaking his nose, which required surgery. Police have
now said there is insufficient evidence to prosecute. Kim Richardson
is the son of the late Sir Michael Richardson who was know as “Mr
Privatisation” and was a darling of Lady Thatcher during the 1980s.
However, before Sir Michael’s recent death, he was thrown out of the
City by the Regulator for “practices that could have faciliated
money laundering”, and forced to pay the Regulator £70,000 in costs.
Kim has now inherited his father’s fortune and is known as a
bullying playboy.

Michael John de Rougemont Richardson was born in London on April 9
1925. His father was a City insurance broker and his mother’s
family, who were of Huguenot descent, were associated with Lloyd’s
of London.

“As a senior executive first of the stockbrokers Cazenove & Co and
then of N M Rothschild, Richardson had a hand in innumerable
headline-making transactions of the 1970s and 1980s, including a
large portion of the Conservative government’s privatisation

“John sits on the board of bankers NM Rothschild, who have acted as
advisors on over a dozen major privatisations, including Labour’s
final abandonment of its stake in the Mersey Docks.”

“Richardson was often named as a senior Freemason, though he said
that he had “never combined Masonry with business in any way”. For
some years he was chairman of the Royal Masonic Hospital in
Hammersmith. He was knighted in 1990.”

“John also sits on the board of Enron, a right-wing American energy
firm and long-time George W Bush supporter. ”

There is a good chance Sir John de Rougemont and I are related as
his mother is a Huguenot surnamed Rougemont. The Rougemonts of
Switzerland were prone to take the name Jean, or John, as there was
a Priory de Jean la Baptist near Rougemont. Many Swiss Banking
families were Huguenots who fled the Papal forces with their family

John was a Thatcher-Rothschild man, a Freemason who worked hard to
take away what the Public once owned, and put it in the hands of
wealthy stockholders. The Bush administration is all about
Deregualtion and putting an end to anything that looks like
Socialism. To this end, Bush and Blair sorely USE the evangelical’s
paranoia of Big Government, the Evil Empire of Russia, and the One
World Satan, in order to launch a Capitalistic Juggernaught to
overcome the world. This Privatized Juggernaught is behind the
invasion of Iraq, and a very bold attempt to Privatize the Middle

Lord Wakeham was Margaret Thatcher’s right-hand man who also worked
for Rothschild Banking. Wakeham helped Thatcher privatize nuclear
energy. He was hired by Enron as was Ralph Reed the co-founder of
the Christian Coalition. Thatcher once owned Three Mile Island. The
battle over control of nuclear energy in the world, is discussed
over a cup of tee, after the Fox Hunt. The Rothschild family are
stellar backers of Zion.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2006

Privatization (alternately “denationalization” or “disinvestment”)
is the transfer of property or responsibility from the public sector
(government) to the private sector (business). The term can refer to
partial or complete transfer of any property or responsibilty held
by government. A similar transfer in the opposite direction could be
refered to the nationalization or municipalization of some property
or responsibility.

On April 6, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz spelled it out:
There will be no role for the United Nations in setting up an
interim government in Iraq. The US-run regime will last at least six
months, “probably…longer than that.”

And by the time the Iraqi people have a say in choosing a
government, the key economic decisions about their country’s future
will have been made by their occupiers. “There has got to be an
effective administration from day one,” Wolfowitz said. “People need
water and food and medicine, and the sewers have to work, the
electricity has to work. And that’s a coalition responsibility.”

The process of getting all this infrastructure to work is usually
called “reconstruction.” But American plans for Iraq’s future
economy go well beyond that. Rather, the country is being treated as
a blank slate on which the most ideological Washington neoliberals
can design their dream economy: fully privatized, foreign-owned and
open for business.


Newt Gingrich on Thatcher’s InfluenceNEWT GINGRICH: Margaret
Thatcher was the forerunner who made Reagan possible. The 1979
campaign was the direct model from which we took much of the 1980
Republican campaign. Reagan drew great strength from Thatcher and
her courage and toughness in living through that first recession,
and [her] toughness in the Falklands War rallied Americans in a
remarkable way…. I think Thatcher and Reagan were the duo that
defeated the Soviet empire, relaunched the legitimacy of freedom and
free markets, and created the intellectual framework for the modern
pro-freedom movement. In a lot of ways Tony Blair is Margaret
Thatcher’s adopted son. He has actually been running a fairly
Thatcherite Labor government.

TONY BENN: What Mrs. Thatcher did was to take the huge power of the
state and transfer it from looking after people to looking after big
corporations. And now people are being driven back to where they
were before the Industrial Revolution, when they were serfs in the
presence of the great barons of the private corporations, most of
which were international in character…. She destroyed our
manufacturing industry. She brought unemployment to the highest rate
we’d had since the prewar years. She began to dismantle the welfare
state. She deprived the health service of the resources that it
needed. She deprived education, schools, and so on, and she did
enormous damage to the fabric of society. In the end, her own party
threw her out. They didn’t want her anymore. They introduced the
poll tax, and that finished her off. So I think Mrs. Thatcher will
not be remembered as a great figure, but she was a passionate
advocate of money running the world instead of the people running
their own society. That was her great contribution to a debate that
I think she has lost.







Freemason “Bro Lyell” has wrongly used his political office to
prevent committal proceedings against past and present directors of
Slater Walker and Lloyds Bank, which include Mr. Jim Slater, Lord
Walker, Lord Hambro, Mr. Jonathan Aitken MP, Sir James Goldsmith,
Lord Rippon, Lord Stevens, Sir David Nicolson, Sir George Blunden,
Mr. Peter Hill-Wood, Lord Richardson, Lord Hanson, Sir Richard
Greenbury, Sir Robin Ibbs, Sir Jeremy Morse, Sir Simon Hornby, Sir
Brian Pitman, Lord Plumb, Sir Ian Prosser, Sir Michael Quinlan, and
the like. No shortage of Masons or political influence in this


Ed’s note – Just one little question – if there aren’t any
connections between Freemasonry and bloodsports how ever did you
manage to get your hands on a copy of HOWL . . . ? Oh, and how do
you account for the fact that the current Chairman of the Master of
Foxhounds Association, Sir Michael Richardson (also Joint Master of
the notorious Crawley and Horsham Foxhounds) is one of England’s
most senior and influential Freemasons? Interestingly he is wining
and dining the Chief Constables of the Home Counties police forces
at the moment! I wonder how we found that one out – research

Following Thatcher’s lead, more than a hundred countries have sold
more than $500 billion of government enterprises. This cut
government losses and gave private individuals incentives to improve
the enterprises. Most of them expanded, served customers better and
created millions of productive jobs. Large numbers of people became
shareholders, which would make it politically unpopular for a
government to again try nationalizing the enterprises

Enron: capitalism in a nutshell (Part 3)Lessons of deregulation
by Anna Pha

“Despite the fact that Enron did not own a single power plant in the
its control of the venue in which electricity was bought and sold
Enron in almost total control of California’s energy supply”,
Tyson Slocum in “Blind Faith: How deregulation and Enron’s influence
government looted billions from Americans”*

Enron was in this powerful position because of deregulation.
enabled Enron’s directors to play fast and loose and also
contributed to
the company’s collapse.

In the USA, the regulation of energy utilities dates back to the
when the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 was passed in
to the actions of utility holding companies that were seen as a
contributor to the 1929 stock market crash.

Over recent years there has been a considerable drive by the private
to deregulate the energy industry in the name of “competition

“As Enron took the lead in the deregulation movement, the company
millions of dollars on state and federal politicians in both parties
support was critical in forcing open the energy markets”. (New York
Times, 20-1-02)

Former Presidents Bush Snr and Clinton and the then governor of
Texas and
the now President George W Bush, have all contributed to the


As a senior executive first of the stockbrokers Cazenove & Co and
then of N M Rothschild, Richardson had a hand in innumerable
headline-making transactions of the 1970s and 1980s, including a
large portion of the Conservative government’s privatisation
But his choice of clients was not always wise: he was a long-
standing adviser to Robert Maxwell, and a connection with another
financier of questionable repute brought his long career to a
humiliating close when, in his mid-seventies, he was banned from
office by the City authorities.
Richardson dramatically raised the profile of N M Rothschild after
joining in 1981 as head of corporate finance. He was particularly
well-placed to win privatisation mandates, having befriended
Margaret Thatcher when their sons played cricket together at Harrow
a decade earlier.

He had also known Nigel Lawson since the latter’s days as a City
editor in the 1960s. “While at first sight too suave and smooth to
be true,” Lawson wrote, “Richardson’s unfailing charm, courtesy and
good manners disarmed all … Like Siegmund Warburg, although from a
very different background, [he] owed his considerable success to
manipulating people rather than money.”

Richardson was at pains to deny that his personal connections made a
difference, but his competitors certainly believed he had an edge
which helped Rothschilds to win leading roles in the sale of state
interests in Britoil, British Gas, British Petroleum, Rolls-Royce,
the technology group Amersham International and the entire water and
electricity industries. In total Rothschilds had a hand in raising
some £35 billion for the government through share sales.
The transaction which most tested Richardson’s sinuous skills was
the £7 billion sale (at the time, the world’s largest) in October
1987 of the Treasury’s residual stake in BP. Between the opening and
closing of the public offer came the Black Monday stock market
crash. Richardson had arranged the underwriting of the issue by an
international syndicate at £3.30 a share, but the market price fell
far below that. Subscriptions were negligible and the underwriters
faced huge losses.

Although his official role was as adviser to the government,
Richardson now had to represent the views of fellow underwriters –
particularly the Wall Street investment banks – who wanted the BP
sale cancelled.

He had some success in persuading the Bank of England of their case
but met a stony response from Lawson, who decided in the taxpayers’
interest that the sale should go ahead, supported by a low-priced
buy-back offer to prevent the share price from collapsing
Richardson said later he felt like “the nut in the nutcracker” in
these discussions, but the sale was completed and his reputation

It was more difficult for him to shake off his association with
Robert Maxwell, for whom he had first acted in the 1960s during his
earlier career with the stockbrokers Panmure Gordon. Richardson made
a glowing speech at Maxwell’s 65th birthday party and went on to
play a key role in the flotation of Mirror Group Newspapers in 1991.
Even after Maxwell’s mysterious death later that year, when his
fraudulent empire began to unravel, Richardson declared that “Bob
was squeaky clean with me”.

Michael John de Rougemont Richardson was born in London on April 9
1925. His father was a City insurance broker and his mother’s
family, who were of Huguenot descent, were associated with Lloyd’s
of London.

Michael was educated at Harrow and Kent School, Connecticut. In 1943
he joined the Irish Guards. He was wounded in action in the
Netherlands, and at the end of the war, still only 20, he was
adjutant of his battalion. He was posted to Palestine, but before he
left he was introduced to John King, a young entrepreneur who was
building up a ball-bearing business in Yorkshire.
But by the time he returned from the Middle East a job as King’s
assistant had gone. King (now Lord King of Wartnaby) nevertheless
became a close friend and in due course, as chairman of British
Airways, an important client. It was through King that Richardson
met another Yorkshire entrepreneur and future Rothschild client,
James (now Lord) Hanson.

On leaving the Army, Richardson went up to Cambridge, but found
university life dull and did not linger. Instead, he found work in
the City with Harley Drayton, an idiosyncratic financier.
After this apprenticeship, Richardson joined Panmure Gordon as a
junior partner in 1952, and began to develop a corporate finance
practice. Among other notable deals, he acted alongside Warburgs in
the City’s first real contested takeover bid, by Tube Investments
and Reynolds for British Aluminium in 1959.

On Maxwell’s behalf he acted in the 1964 flotation of Pergamon
Press, and in 1968 he travelled to Australia to try to spike Rupert
Murdoch’s acquisition of the News of the World.
Richardson eventually fell out with his Panmure partners and was
invited to join Cazenove. His relentless glad-handing and deal-
chasing – even, it was said, his habit of taking notes in meetings –
caused some consternation there.

There was never any doubt about his effectiveness in winning
business and carrying it through – he played leading roles in the
Grand Metropolitan takeover of Watneys, the first BP share sale by
the Callaghan government and House of Fraser’s defence against
Lonrho. But there were mixed feelings about his rise towards the
top, and he was passed over for senior partner in 1980.

The following year, he accepted an invitation from Evelyn de
Rothschild to join N M Rothschild, filling the considerable gap left
by the departure of Evelyn’s cousin Jacob (now Lord) Rothschild. One
City competitor, Sir David Scholey, of Warburg, called Richardson’s
appointment at Rothschilds the worst news he had received all year.

Meanwhile, Richardson was for 20 years a director of the Savoy
hotels group, and one of the most regular customers of the Savoy’s
River Restaurant, where he habitually occupied a window table. He
played a leading part both in the defence of Savoy against the
ambitions of Lord Forte, and in the 1989 settlement which persuaded
the warring parties to co-operate.

In that year Richardson stepped down from his executive role at
Rothschilds to become a vice-chairman of the bank and non-executive
chairman of Smith New Court, the securities trading house in which
Rothschilds held a stake.

He retired from both these roles in 1995. But still eager to do
deals, he became a full-time vice-chairman of J O Hambro Magan,
a “boutique” corporate finance house which offered him the close-
knit partnership style he most enjoyed. The firm was bought by
NatWest and became Hawkpoint Partners, but Richardson’s tenure was
to end in ignominy, following what appeared to be a bizarre lapse of

In 1998 and 1999, he wrote a series of letters on Hawkpoint
stationery to an American-based acquaintance, Alan Shephard,
confirming that Shephard had several hundred million dollars of loan
funds available to him. It transpired this information had come from
Shephard – a former bankrupt who had faced fraud allegations – and
had not been verified by Richardson, who continued writing despite
warnings from NatWest that it did not wish to do business with

Two independent tribunals found Richardson “no longer fit and proper
to be registered with the Securities & Futures Authority”, ending
his City career. He declared that he would rather be judged on “50
years of decent hard work” than on the SFA’s “very harsh view of a
small error”, but contributed £85,000 to the SFA’s costs.

Richardson was often named as a senior Freemason, though he said
that he had “never combined Masonry with business in any way”. For
some years he was chairman of the Royal Masonic Hospital in

He was knighted in 1990.

Away from the City, Michael Richardson’s passion was hunting: “I
love the moment when the horse and I sail over the fence,” he
observed. “Then if we’re still in one piece, we look for the next
one.” He rode fearlessly despite punishing falls, and was Master of
the Crawley & Horsham Foxhounds until he was 70. In the summer he
raced Redwing sailing boats off the Isle of Wight.
He married, in 1949, Octavia “Paddy” Mayhew, who died in 1999; they
had a son and two daughters.

Kinetic Information System Services Ltd (ZKineticZ), the fast
growing financial markets software company, announced today that Sir
Michael Richardson has been appointed non-executive Chairman of the
company. Sir Michael Richardson, who has been working with Kinetic
for almost a year, is currently Chairman of Invesco English &
International Trust plc and Mithras Investment Trust plc and
managing trustee of The Institute of Economic Affairs. Previous
positions held include Vice Chairman of Hambro Magan, Chairman of
Smith New Court PLC, Vice Chairman of NM Rothschild & Sons and a
Partner of Cazenove & Co.

Richardson’s public punishment has shocked his contemporaries. Sir
Evelyn de Rothschild, chairman of the family bank, describes it
as ‘quite unnecessary. He should have been warned off or given a
slap on the wrist, but to ban somebody for life at 70-odd is out of
all proportion. He did a terrific job here at Rothschilds, and we
owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude,’ he adds. ‘He has a strong
character and he invigorated our corporate finance department.’ ”


John sits on the board of bankers NM Rothschild, who have acted as
advisors on over a dozen major privatisations, including Labour’s
final abandonment of its stake in the Mersey Docks.
As chairman of Vosper ThorneyCroft, which sell warships to the
autocracies in the Middle East as well as to the British Navy, John
has benefited from Labour’s continuing support for the arms trade.
Through Vosper he also has a major role in careers education. The
firm is the largest single supplier of careers advice to schools on
contract to the government. David Blunkett decided to give the Tory-
run arms firm an even greater role in education by putting John’s
Vosper in charge of Hampshire’s “school improvement services”.

John also sits on the board of Enron, a right-wing American energy
firm and long-time George W Bush supporter. However, Enron also
funds the Labour Party, and was allowed to take over regional
utility Wessex Water when Peter Mandelson was Secretary of State for
Trade and Industry. Enron was also allowed to build gas-fired power
stations in the UK even though this meant job losses for coal miners
and contradicted government policy at the time.
Anyone worried about press coverage of privatisation, arms sales, or
the appalling pollution record of Wessex Water can contact the
chairman of the Press Complaints Commission … that’s Lord John
himself. He is, of course, utterly impartial.

As PCC Chairman, Long John has offered a sympathetic ear to
Mandelson and Blair over press coverage of their personal lives. In
turn, Blair made him chair of the Royal Commission on the Reform of
the House of Lords. Unsurprisingly, the commission came to the
conclusion that the new Lords must not be elected, and instead
should be made up of appointments of the right kind of people.
His lordship was chair of the Carlton Club from 1992-1998 and counts
among his hobbies sailing and horse racing.


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