Peter Estlin’s Hospitality Declaration As Lord Mayor Illustrates This City Office Is Redundant

Peter Estlin’s declaration of hospitality for the first half of his period in office as Lord Mayor of London shows how most of what he did was plod around City of London institutions for dinners. Hardly something that is needed since these are already closely connected and are seen by many as rebuttressing the square mile’s old boy’s club attitudes and lack of diversity. Nonetheless, given that Estlin does not include freemasonry among his non-pecuniary interests in his declaration of interests as a councillor, to us it appears odd that he lists a meeting and dinner of the Guildhall Lodge on 6 March 2019 in his declaration of hospitality. As we’ve stated before, members of the Guildhall Lodge 3116 are massively over-represented in the top post of Lord Mayor of London at the City of London council, and get to meet for free in council premises despite the way this reinforces a glass ceiling in this local authority, with only two women having ever been Lord Mayor. Estlin himself could perhaps explain to us why he attended a Guildhall Lodge meeting when he is apparently not a mason.

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Matthew Richardson, Diversity, Gender Identity & Freemasonry in the City of London

Aside from his insistence that women should be excluded from all male institutions such as the Guildhall Lodge, Edward Lord – who plays a lead role in the council’s diversity initiatives – shared a flat with his fellow freemason and City of London councillor Matthew Richardson around the time the latter made a transphobic speech in the USA: “Matthew Richardson, Ukip’s party secretary and a close ally of Nigel Farage, branded trans women undergoing surgery ‘she-males’ and said the NHS should not help people who needed gender reassignment surgery. He blamed ‘socialists’ who he said supported people whose gender needed to be reassigned. ‘Socialists think that if somebody wants to reassign their gender the state should pay, they think that’s how the world works,’ he told an audience of several right-wing groups in the United States. ‘So if you love she-males come to the United Kingdom, if you love freedom – stay here [the United States].’ ”

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2 Men Who Like Dressing Up But Should Be Dressed Down Over Gerrymander Mansions

The likes of Jamie Inham Clark, Henry Pollard and Chris Hayward, must have many of the most famous Freemasons connected to the City of London – such as William Hogarth and John Wilkes – spinning in their graves; since these historical masons would have had no time for the mean-spirited and reactionary politics of today’s ‘masonic’ opportunists. That said, there is no law preventing people from dumping all over the memory of Wilkes and Hogarth; and neither is it a crime to don an apron and act like a raving idiot as long as no one else is harmed. So if some twerps in the City of London want to be masons ‘so mote it be’; we’re a lot less bothered by their low-grade ritual activities than the fact that the likes of Ingham Clark, Pollard and Hayward, hold minor positions of power in a local council.

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