The annual Bilderberg conference takes place in Watford (yes, the real one, north of London) this week.
Every year, between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part in the conference. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; one third from politics and government and the rest from other fields.
The conference is a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world.
Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights.
There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.
But as the Guardian points out, that's just the spin. The reality is that this is the ultimate plutocrats think tank; the place where the global elite come to meet in secret and carve out the order the want behind closed doors.
The UK show is, it is thought, funded by BP and Goldman Sachs. Osborne will be present. Ken Clarke oversees the UK show.
This is the threat to global democracy and the people of the world in operation, strictly behind closed doors and without minutes, of course.