London and the City of London are not the same place. London is a metropolis of 8 million people. The City of London is the famous square mile in the middle, with about 7,000 residents but ... See full summary »
London and the City of London are not the same place. London is a metropolis of 8 million people. The City of London is the famous square mile in the middle, with about 7,000 residents but many more businesses. A Corporation older than Parliament, the City of London has played a key historical role in protecting and promoting the interests of finance capital. Secret City investigates the power wielded by the Corporation of London over British economic policy, through which it sustains London's prime position at the hub of global finance capital - not least through control of the majority of the world's tax havens. The film exposes the Corporation's anti-democratic constitution, the ancient laws which allow it function as a state within a state, and thus to promote an illusory promise of economic growth at the cost of the real economy. Secret City questions the Corporation's role through contributions from Londoners, including scholars, an MP, a businessman, Church people and activists... Written by
The movie claims to "investigates the power wielded by the Corporation of London over British economic policy. " However, they never really do that! They claim it happens but offer no proof of how these corporations have altered British policy for their own good other than turning London into a banking center, which in the film they admit may have saved the city of London after it was ruined in wwii. There is no link about how these companies are destroying peoples lives, or are doing anything "mischievous". This is absolutely little evidence if any at all that would even lead one to logically conclude such happenings. There is some neat history in it that most non British people might not know, but if you are looking for an actual argument in the movie, it is lacking. It's more theater than anything else. Noted by all the little clips and trailers that have little to do with anything they are trying to prove and take up a good bit of time in a short 70 minute film. My conclusion is they needed filler space for their lack of any argument. Yes the city of London is a square mile inside of what is commonly refereed to as London. Yes the people living there get no votes and it is run by corporations. OK fine nice points. But how has this been directly linked to anything, other than just saying yes it's there and we want to blame it with no real reasons given for blaming it? Where are some smoking guns. Where is the meat of the "Look what they are doing" type. Instead we see occupy wall street kids out there dancing as they wear designer jeans and play with their iphones having no real clue what they are even doing. Nothing about this is compelling and the history provided the film is murky and poorly strung together at best. There are much better documentaries to watch about the evils of global capitalism and what they are doing to decent people then this one. I wouldn't waste my time with it if I would have known it was this bad.
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