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    Known as "the mile" The City of London is not a part of England, and hasn't been since the early 13th Century. It's a sovereign state, not ruled by English law.

    The center of the world's banking and legal systems are the City of London. The City is "a square mile" and in the center of London.

    However, The City of London has been granted various special privileges since the Norman Conquest such as the right to run its own affairs [52][53] partly due to the power of its financial capital. These are also mentioned by the Statute of William and Mary in 1690.[54] Today, voting rights for the City of London’s municipal authority are granted to its 32,000 business in addition to residents which now number less than 9000. This unique patronage system ensures that business interests usually take priority.

    Despite this, multiple attempts to reform the City have been thwarted, and maintaining these privileges is the role of an unelected official lobbyist in Parliament called the Remembrancer.[55]

    The power and influence of the City over government policy has enraged democratically elected leaders down the ages. For example, the former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, wrote “Over and over again we have seen that there is in this country another power than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests, is able to assert itself against the Government of the country. Those who control money can pursue a policy at home and abroad contrary to that which has been decided by the people."[56]

    More recently, following the financial crises of the late 2000s, the City came in for criticism due to an apparent lack of control and regulation. It is also claimed that many of the recent financial catastrophes which were partly caused by a lack of such controls, can be traced to companies who work in the City, or London based offices.[57]

    English secretive trust laws and strong libel laws are two factors that make the City an attractive offshore haven for the assets of foreign business. Eva Joly states “The City of London that state within a state’ has never transmitted even the smallest piece of usable evidence to a foreign magistrate."[58] This provides a lucrative environment for money laundering and assets to be sheltered from tax, free from examination by law enforcement agencies by maintaining plausible deniability. Rich private clients also benefit through the domicile rules.[59] Although the City of London’s headline tax rate is the same as the rest of the UK, by influencing and using the legal system and laws of disclosure it has the means to allow clients to avoid or reputedly evade tax.

    Although there is no agreed definition of a tax haven, many authors have accused the City of London of being one.[60] [61] The Tax Justice Network, goes further and accuses the City of London as being “the biggest tax haven in the world” as well as ‘a state within a state’.

    [62] Ian Doyle and Jem Bendell, summarise these claims with the following statement:

    the City “is the most powerful lobby in Britain and possibly the world, and as a result . . . exerts enormous political influence to resist regulation and extract tax exemption. It has fostered criminality by ensuring that the City ranks amongst the least accountable of financial centres on the face of the Earth”.[63]

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    Government - Local authorityCity of London Corporation - Lord MayorMichael Bear - Member of ParliamentMark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) - London AssemblyJohn Biggs (City and East) - Town ClerkChris Duffield
    Area Total 1.1 sq ml (2.90 km2 Population (2009 est.)[1] - Total11,500 - Density10,270.6/sq mi (3,965.5/km2) - Ethnicity84.4% White
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    Default Re: City of London is legally seperate from the UK

    Time to send in a conquering army - The Metropolitan Police. They're a bigger force than the London Police so the conquest should not be difficult at all.

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    Default Re: City of London is legally seperate from the UK

    And in that tiny area, you will find about 287 banks.

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    Old saying "Everything happens in threes"... City of London + Washington State + Vatican City... Obelisk, Obelisk, Obelisk... how appropriate for a bunch of pr!cks!!

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    Quote Posted by Mad Hatter (here)
    Old saying "Everything happens in threes"... City of London + Washington State + Vatican City... Obelisk, Obelisk, Obelisk... how appropriate for a bunch of pr!cks!!
    And that is the REAL united kingdom.

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    Quote Posted by Mad Hatter (here)
    Old saying "Everything happens in threes"... City of London + Washington State + Vatican City... Obelisk, Obelisk, Obelisk... how appropriate for a bunch of pr!cks!!
    This old but your post reminded me of it.

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    Thanks Muzz. Interesting that they have tried before to consolidate the city with the rest of london, but failed miserably. Fancy having a special lobbyist called a rememberancer in parlimant to make sure they dont.

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    Time to send in a conquering army - The Metropolitan Police. They're a bigger force than the London Police so the conquest should not be difficult at all.
    Good call, except that the Met don't have the army in their pockets..N

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    Time to send in a conquering army - The Metropolitan Police. They're a bigger force than the London Police so the conquest should not be difficult at all.
    Good call, except that the Met don't have the army in their pockets..N
    How about a computer virus released simultaneously in all 287 banks then carried to others via every credit transaction.... oops... sorry thats the anarchist coming out in me!!

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    Oh but no, London is so beautiful in body and soul and mind that it is not possible for it to have fault. I trust that the City of London has always and will always know how to take care of his Lady.

    And no, naught you may say shall convince me of otherwise, for all manner of love finds me sublimed around the ancient universal depths and mastery which is London.



    Old London Bridge ca.1600

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    Nonsuch House, completed 1579; Prime real estate and once owned by Elizabeth I.



    The Great Fire of London; 1666.






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    Westminister Cathedral.



    The Goodies Cat on the memorial to the Great Fire of London
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    Thanks for this info!!

    I was living in the UK several years, and when I was visiting London, I walked down this area: City of London, and I felt several times a feeling of being around too much power, but a power that do not care about others, just care about more power.

    Your words are going to help me to understand this feeling a lot better!


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    Bracken House, the former home of the Financial Times (!). An astrological clock with Winston Churchill (!) at its heart. St. Paul's cathedral is very close to this place.
    http://walkingcity.co.uk/2011/03/06/...ton-churchill/

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    Quote Posted by Mad Hatter (here)
    Old saying "Everything happens in threes"... City of London + Washington State + Vatican City... Obelisk, Obelisk, Obelisk... how appropriate for a bunch of pr!cks!!
    It's the UnHoly Trinity!


    Someone had to say it....

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