Curious events in the House of Lords

This has now been picked up by a few people, and seems to be attracting a lot of interest. It was the excellent Charlie Stross who drew my attention to it in a post with the kind of title that’s guaranteed to attract attention:

Did somebody just try to buy the British government?

What followed was the kind of thing that sounds like it’s from a slightly naff thriller, but this has been checked by people who can be bothered to do that kind of thing, and Hansard, the official record of proceedings in the British Parliament, shows that Lord James of Blackheath[1] really did stand up and state that, amongst other things:

  • An organisation that he’s referring to as “Foundation X” has offered Very Large Sums of Money to the British Government to sort out this, that and quite possibly the other, with, it is claimed no strings attached
  • These people, whoever they are, have loads of money, which is backed by gold bullion, which is interesting because according to some calculations, this would involve them having more gold than is generally thought to have been extracted from the Earth ever…
  • He knows all about dodgy finances because he has experience of laundering money for the IRA
  • You can’t tell the Bank of England about that bit, because they know all about it, so there

Now it’s quite likely that Lord James is being led up the metaphorical garden path by a more ambitious than average version of those guys who want you to look after $15 million for them. Or that he’s making it up for, as the younsgters say, the lulz. Or that he’s quite simply lost his marbles, which is quite normal and not usually a problem in the House of Lords.

Or indeed that someone really does have insane amounts of money and wants David Cameron to play with it.

Or that aliens are infiltrating. Could this be connected with what I saw in Sunderland yesterday? Only time will tell…

Or something else altogether.

This story will either run and run or fade out into obscurity. I’m guessing the latter is more likely…

[1] Note: he’s not an hereditary peer, he’s one of the many made a Lord for services to something or other, or for reasons of political usefulness to somebody or other