Lance Ranger Attendus Swiss Fraudster


“Corruption steals from the poor. It steals the promise of a brighter future” Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group The writing is on the wall for Lance Ranger, ATTENDUS TREUHANDGESELLSCHAFT advocate of the “Deceased Person Scam”     and his spider web of fraudulent companies. It’s only a matter of time before you are front page news and trending… Panama Papers.

Switzerland is ranked in first position in the 2015 Financial Secrecy Index, based on a high secrecy score of 73 and a large global scale weight for the size of offshore financial services, at around five percent of the world total.


The company that my family are beneficiaries of SILVERCLIFFE INTERNATIONAL INC. Intermediary 21-MAR-2001 Panama Active Panama Papers the assets of which Lance Ranger is trying to steal, evading British Probate Law while hiding behind Swiss Secrecy Laws to mask his criminal activities. 


By one estimate — based on data from the World Bank, IMF, UN, and central banks of 139 countries — between $21 and $32 trillion is hiding in tax havens, more than the United States‚Äô national debt. That study didn‚Äôt even attempt to count money from fraud, drug trafficking and other criminal transactions whose perpetrators gravitate toward the same secret hideouts.

WARDLY HOLDINGS INC. Intermediary 20-OCT-2000 Panama Defaulted Panama Papers
GOREY INVESTMENTS LIMITED Intermediary10-JAN-1992 British Virgin Islands Inactivated Panama Papers
CROATIAN SHIPPING LTD. Intermediary 30-MAR-2010 British Virgin Islands Changed agent Panama Papers
MARITIME SHIP MANAGEMENT LTD. Intermediary 30-MAR-2010 British Virgin Islands Changed agent Panama Papers
UNICORN INVESTMENT HOLDING COMPANY (BVI) LIMITED Intermediary 08-DEC-1995 British Virgin Islands Changed agent Panama Papers
ZEGNA II INC. Intermediary18-AUG-2003 British Virgin Islands Changed agent Panama Papers
PANAMERICAN SHIPPING LTD. Intermediary 20-JUN-2008 British Virgin Islands Changed agent Panama Papers
ITALIAN SHIPPING LTD. Intermediary 28-JUL-2010 British Virgin IslandsChanged agent Panama Papers
LOCKHART ASSOCIATES INC. Intermediary 21-OCT-1986 PanamaChanged agent Panama Papers
NEWMAN ENTERPRISES INC. Intermediary 20-NOV-1986 Panama Changed agent Panama Papers
MONTELLE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED Intermediary 02-JAN-1998 Bahamas Defaulted Panama Papers
BERWICK GROUP LTD. Intermediary17-FEB-1994 Bahamas Active Panama Papers
TUXFORD PROPERTIES LIMITED Intermediary14-MAY-1998 Bahamas Changed agent Panama Papers
ALCYONE LIMITED Intermediary 02-SEP-1998 Bahamas Changed agent Panama Papers
RUBERY HOLDINGS LIMITED Intermediary 01-FEB-2000 Bahamas Defaulted Panama Papers
ROCKSVILLE INVESTMENTS LIMITED Intermediary 05-SEP-1997 Bahamas Changed agent Panama Papers
SPRINGFEST CORPORATION Intermediary 28-SEP-2000 Bahamas Changed agent Panama Papers
HORTONIA LIMITED Intermediary15-JUN-2000 Bahamas Changed agent Panama Papers
BENFORD LIMITED Intermediary14-JUL-1999 Bahamas Defaulted Panama Papers
WARDELL FOUNDATION Intermediary 12-MAR-2008 Panama Changed agent Panama Papers
TORMOUNT ENTERPRISES LIMITED Intermediary 21-SEP-1999 Bahamas Changed agent Panama Papers

These are “really bad people,” Jack Blum, a former US Senate investigator and Washington lawyer specialising in money laundering and ‚Äúand they want to learn how to become even worse people.” 

The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business


Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World

In some tiny way I now get a sense of the misery that Swiss banks have caused to millions. Law firm at heart of ‚ÄėPanama Papers‚Äô leak owned by Nazi‚Äôs son

Nothing changes in Switzerland, your father dies and you get robbed without closure. Don’t put your money in Switzerland. Pay your taxes and be transparent. Lance Ranger will not allow my family to declare our assets for probate and I have had to report him to HMRC. It has taken me 4 years to get a response and that is only because I AM EXPOSING HIS CRIMINALITY. As a member of STEP the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning Lance Ranger has to abide by there CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.



You spend 4 years trying to get closure and all you get is a legal letter hiding behind veils of secrecy. Swiss bank secrecy in toughest test since Nazi gold 


Yet here on the 4th August 2005 Lance Ranger says, he “would further insulate your family’s involvement.” Does this mean to the point of acting in his own best interests and not the client? 


The opening statement to a deal that I still have not yet received my 2% commission on.

Lance Ranger, Attendus, Bahnhofstrasse 12, 6300 Zug, Switzerland has been reported to the Swiss Confederation Federal Office of Police, the US Justice Department and the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) for money laundering and defrauding UK, US and citizens around the world of charitable money and assets.


The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)

Lance Ranger exploited my father’s death in 2013, is totally untrustworthy and running multi million dollar frauds around the world. I do not recommend using Attendus for your Banking Trust needs as they are extremely uncommunicative, totally unprofessional and you will lose everything. My family waited two years for Lance Ranger to get back to us  in which time all the money in my deceased father’s Swiss Bank account had “gone in interest.” Lance Ranger made himself ‚Äúuncontactable‚ÄĚ for 2 years and then said all the money had gone. He is an English lawyer and he has also been reported to the Law Society for his unlawful actions. Do clients of Lance Ranger like Gable Holdings Inc know what he has been up to?

Lance Ranger does not:-

  1. uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice,
  2. act with integrity,
  3. not allow his independence to be compromised,
  4. act in the best interests of each client,
  5. provide a proper standard of service to his clients,
  6. behave in a way that maintains the trust my family placed in him and in the provision of legal services,
  7. comply with your legal and regulatory obligations and deal with your regulators and ombudsmen in an open, timely and co-operative manner,
  8. run his business or carry out his role in the business effectively and in accordance with proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles,
  9. run his business or carry out his role in the business in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity, and
  10. has definitely not protected my families money and assets!

If you want to know how people like Lance Ranger operate read the Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money and the scams that certain wealth managers operate. Little does Lance realize but he is about to become famous or is that infamous as Lance Ranger tries to hide behind all his fraudulent charitable fronts to hide money from deceased client’s families.

The Deputy Head Legal & Compliance at the bank just got back to me and recommended contacting Lance for further information. We know that is a waste of time! Lol Is interesting to be involved with an Ultimate Scamster like Lance Ranger and to quote one of my inspirations Genghis Khan ‚ÄúI am the punishment of God…If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.‚ÄĚ

I thought it would be interesting to give Lance Ranger the heads up because we both know he is going to hide behind the, ‚ÄúSwiss Banking Secrecy Law, that we are not allowed to give any information about whether or not a client relationship exists or existed” chestnut. Yawn, yawn. The Lance Ranger that does his charitable deeds with blood money and stolen funds. I told the Compliance Officer to make sure he is covered against too much exposure as it is obviously not good for their bank’s reputation to be dealing with criminals and fraudsters. And once the UK and US tax authorities hit the Swiss Economy for another couple of $billion in lost tax revenue they may think twice about who they protect, secrecy comes at a price!!!

I recently got another phone call from a Lance Ranger fraud victim that had also had the deceased person scam ran on them. Looks like Lance Ranger has been a busy boy. More people for me to work with on a Class Action for Maleficence. Stupid greedy people like Lance Ranger are so entertaining. Not to worry what goes around comes around and even if I don‚Äôt get the money back Lance Ranger stole or the share certificates at least I can sell the story and get closure when he is in Jail. Having a look at Lance Ranger’s Year of the Rat Chinese Astrology chart it‚Äôs not looking good until he reaches 76, jail time possibly?

According to Master Simon Wong’s Year of the Rooster – 2017 Feng Shui & Chinese Astrology Rat people have the Sheep Blade, Wrapping and Hook, Grim Reaper, Sudden Death, Lonely stars and are against the Year God in 2017 so Lance Ranger is in for a hard year, especially the legal investigations kick in. Maybe struck off as a lawyer, all for his uncontrollable greed and his inability to act in his clients best interests. My father was definitely badly advised using Lance Ranger’s fraudulent services from his dodgy office in Zug.

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Lance Ranger Crime Inc Headquarters, Attendus, Bahnhofstrasse 12, 6300 Zug, Switzerland

The Lonely star means you may have communication problems with your partner, even when you are together you will feel distant from each other. You need to communicate properly and make an extra effort to keep calm, otherwise you could break up or divorce.

The Wrapping and Hook stars means Lance Ranger could have relationship problems arising from sex scandals, love triangles and affairs.

The Sheep Blade star represents cuts with sharp metal objects, eg: through accidents or surgery.

The Grim Reaper star can cause depression and the the loss of personal items, so Lance Ranger needs to keep an eye on his property making sure to lock his house properly.

The Sudden Death star means he needs a proper health check to avoid a stroke or heart attack.

The Sudden Failure star means everything looks like it is going fine, you will be successful, then suddenly ends up in failure and does not turn out how you wished. Sound familiar, a bit like when Hillary thought she was going to be President and “against all odds” she lost! Except you will feel like you are getting away with your frauds until that inevitable knock on the door:)


Lance Ranger Swiss Attendus Fraudster


The article Costa Rica Companies Connected To Money Laundering Scandal shows that Francis Perez and Leticia Montoya link to my deceased father’s company and corporate records show that three Panama-based individuals.

The Secret World Of Sham Directors “Leticia Montoya lives in a suburb of Panama City that the wealthy consider a no-go area. She was generally paid a paltry 500 dollars a month for her services. And yet Mossack Fonseca has earned millions as a result of her work: at Mossack Fonseca, the sham director service costs about 150 dollars per year. In most cases, Mossfon uses two or three sham directors per company. According to the Panama Papers, Montoya served as sham director for almost 3200 shell companies. Multiplied by the 150 dollars per year that the law firm charged per company, Montoya earned Mossack Fonseca almost half a million dollars in just twelve months. She has been a sham director at the law firm since the early 1980s.”

Francis Perez, Leticia Montoya and Katia Solano were part of the clandestine “team” behind Nicstate The Law Firm That Works with Oligarchs, Money Launderers, and Dictators

“…One reason could be that for company owners seeking privacy, Panamanian and Costa Rican laws guarantee secrecy and anonymity. Corporations are not required to disclose the identities of their true owners, file financial statements or hold annual meetings. Unfortunately the problem of secrecy and lack of transparency is the weakest link is the trustees like Lance Ranger at Attendus who can easily exploit their position of power and unaccountability. It is beeter to declare assest, bring them onshore, pay tax and contribute to your local economy.

Corporations are also fully exempt from taxation on any business activity or transaction carried on outside of the country of incorporation..”

The Mexican Connection



Share certificates from previous transactions for the Mexican San Miguel land which I helped broker. The proceeds of which Lance Ranger has stolen and refuses to cooperate with HMRC for us to pay tax on probate.


Lance Dorian Ranger has also not honoured my father’s wishes and paid my 2% (two per cent) commission on the net proceeds of sale of his share of the land that sold in San Miguel. My father’s original probate lawyer Michael Tulloch stated, “As to the commission agreement, this appears to be binding on your father’s estate; see the words “I or the trustee of my Estate.” 2% on $432,000 = $8,640 plus 8% interest over 12 years, i’m still waiting…


Our land in El Cuyo San Jorge I & II, El Cuyo – Yucat√°n

Situated just to the west of the Rio Lagartos ecological reserve in the Tizimin Municipality, near the northern tip of the Yucat√°n Peninsular, are the as yet rustic seafront properties known as San Jorge, El Cuyo. The property is about a two and a half hour drive from Cancun.

The lands in question are known as San Jorge I and II, and cover approximately 105 hectares of untouched and undeveloped tropical forest, lagoons, wetlands, shallow bays and proverbial pristine beaches.  It is a nursery and home to thousands of water birds, animals and crocodiles and is located within the National Park of Rio Lagartos as was decreed by the Federal Government published in the Official Daily Gazette on May 21, 1999; nonetheless, it has been confirmed by the local authority that there is a great deal of ‚Äúflexibility‚ÄĚ with regard to proposals for the development of these lands either for single family lots of 100 meters of beach and/or a boutique style hotel ‚Äď similar to that which has been realized in the Biospheric Reserve of Sian Ka‚Äôan in Quintana Roo.

An idyllic wide, white-sand beach accentuates a shimmering, transparent, turquoise-colored half-moon bay in the heart of the Yucat√°n. Just north of Tizimin, a few kilometers from the ruins of Chich√©n Itz√° and some 2.5 hours from of the beaches of Canc√ļn, the property looks out over a renowned divers’ paradise.

The total area of San Jorge I and II, El Cuyo, comprises about 235 acres (104-96-53 hectares or approximately 1’049,653 m2) of beautiful Mexican Gulf coastal views with a beach front of 4,610 feet (1,408 metres) and an average depth of 2,488 feet (760 metres). The total property immediately available for sale and development consists of the 1’049,653 square metres, which may then be developed or subdivided into, say, 14 plots of about 75,000 square metres in individual title ownerships.

There is an access road from Tizimin to San Jorge that connects to the main Cancun ‚Äď Valladolid ‚Äď M√©rida highway, but as yet there are no services directly to the plots. However, water is abundant and independent energy sources such as solar or wind power are both reliable and cost-effective and the expense of connecting to the mains electricity will be minimum. 

This property is perfect for marketing as a diver‚Äôs and/or flats fishing hotel, a spa, a get-away-from-it-all retreat, or as your own private little slice of paradise, just to suggest a few possible options.  As an investment, it’s sure to increase in value within a short period of time.

The purchase price of this excellent opportunity is negotiable.

Rio Lagartos and Holbox are both on the same peninsula within the Rio Lagartos Park, a large protected area located in the northern and center part of the state of Yucat√°n. This area of the peninsula has only been partly opened ‚Äď and that to a very limited tourist development ‚Äď but some private houses and hotels (mainly fishing lodges) can be found here. The principal access is through a well-maintained paved road going due north out of Tizimin. The fishing town of El Cuyo has electricity ‚Äď but this commodity may also be produced through generators and solar panels ‚Äď and fresh water comes from abundant wells. The eastern boundary of the Yucat√°n joins with the state of Quintana Roo at the north-eastern tip of the peninsular and looks out on the Caribbean, whereas the west coast past Progreso enters into the more ‚Äútrafficked‚ÄĚ waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The main attraction of El Cuyo is its natural surroundings. There are many different ecosystems: semi evergreen tropical forest, coconut palms, wetlands, savanna and ocean, as well as an abundance of animals and birds. El Cuyo itself is the perfect departure point for day trips to Cancun and points in between, such as Valladolid and Cob√°. Area archaeological sites such as Uxmal and Chich√©n Itz√° are also ideal as day excursions, not to mention the now popular visits to local haciendas ‚Äď some of which have been converted into excellent hotels.

Is the Nordic Model that entrapped Assange the future for UK politicians?


Serena keeps vigil for Julian Assange outside Ecuadorian Embassy

The authorities care so little about violence against women that they manipulate rape allegations at will. As Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff(Speaking at the People’s Parliament) of Women Against Rape wrote in the Guardian in August 2012, ‚Äú. . . the allegations against Assange are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction. The possible implementation of the Nordic Model across the UK and Europe would see a escalation of violence towards women, rape, divorce, paranoia, murder and blackmail of politicians trying to cover up their criminality. The Wolfenden Report¬†partly came about to stop politicians being blackmailed, which radical feminists now wish to reverse for their own ideological power politics and financial gain. The¬†Tory MP¬†Mark Menzies¬†case will become common place across the whole political spectrum. If politicians like George Osborne(The Chancellor and the Dominatrix) are too stupid to see what failed politicians like Mary Honeyball¬†(who’s only route to power is through criminalising consent) are working towards. The only beneficiaries will be hostile Governments and organisations, the tabloids and insane radical feminists¬†doing for women’s rights what Fukushima¬†did for the Japanese economy.

The Foundry

I’m starting to focus more on features with video and pictures and looking for projects that combine aesthetics with newsworthiness. Getting lively at 84 Great Eastern Street. The Foundry Protesters congregated outside the Foundry in Hoxton in a bid to protect it from being demolished. The art gallery and bar currently has been chosen as the plot for a new 18-storey art’otel, aka an ‘art-themed hotel’.

Squatters are inside and bailifs were supposed to come on Monday so demolition could begin.

The Foundry

Aaron Barschak aka ‚ÄėThe Comedy Terrorist,‚Äô Witney comeback tour 2010

Aaron Barschak aka ‚ÄėThe Comedy Terrorist‚Äô was driven away by police after gatecrashing Prince William‚Äôs 21st birthday celebrations on 22nd June 2003 in the early hours of the morning. Barschak, dressed as Osama Bin Laden, scaled one of the castle walls, and bluffed his way past security into the party. Once inside, he got up on stage with Prince William, sang a song, and planted a kiss on his cheek. Unsuspecting guests thought the stunt was part of the entertainment but after leaving the stage he was swiftly picked up by police. Barschak has a record of causing disruption and has been arrested on several occasions at major events. This is one one of my favourite news pictures, the story which we broke through the News of the World, that sent shockwaves around the world when it first broke, no one being sure of Barschak’s identity.

Aaron Barschak

Will Barschak make a comeback in 2010…?

Aaron Barschak

Aaron Barschak, who is standing as an Independent in the Witney Consituency against David Cameroon for the General Election at the Witney Town outskirts.

Aaron Barschak

Has¬† Witney¬† found¬† an¬† unlikely¬† Saviour? Partly¬† funded¬† by¬† author¬† Will¬† Self,¬† who¬† donated¬† ¬£150:00,¬† to¬† the cause,¬† the¬†¬† Ex-Royal¬† Gatecrasher,¬† is¬† trying¬† to¬† spoil¬† a¬† new¬† Party,¬† by¬† running¬† against David¬† Cameron¬† in his own¬† constituency. With¬† ‚ÄúMy¬† Brother‚Äôs¬† Keeper‚Ä̬† on¬† his¬† green¬† jersey,¬† dressed¬† as¬† a¬† messianic, superhero, goalie,¬† Barschak¬† hopes¬† to¬† highlight¬† the¬† mistreatment¬† of¬† bonafide¬† Asylum¬† seekers,¬† in¬† the¬† system¬† with¬† his sign¬† Campsfield¬† House¬† Party,¬† referring¬† to¬† the¬†¬† notorious¬† detention¬† centre,¬† not far¬† from¬† Witney.¬† Self¬† will be¬† interviewing¬† Barschak¬† on¬†¬† radio¬† 4‚Äôs¬† Today¬† Programme,¬† along¬† with¬† performance¬† artist¬† Mark¬† McGowan. In¬† the¬† spirit¬† of¬† the¬† campaign¬† trail,¬† Barschak¬† will¬† be¬† keeping¬† a¬† journal¬† and/or¬† blog Beer¬† and¬† Polling¬† in Las¬† Dave-Ass.¬† Keeping¬† in¬† tune¬† with¬† the seventies,¬† Barschak‚Äôs¬†¬† slogan¬† is¬† appropriated¬† from¬† the¬† stoner comedian¬† duo¬† Cheech¬† and¬† Chong.¬† Aptly¬†¬† enough¬† for¬† Witney¬† it¬† is¬† ‚ÄúDAVE‚ÄôS¬† NOT¬† HERE‚ÄĚ.

Labour’s 2010 Election Theme Tune, The End by the Doors

New Labour loved theme tunes and The End by the Doors was an appropriate one for for them to go out on at the election. They should have taken responsibility for their actions and hopefully the Lib-Con coalition will be an improvement? Politicians are best kept in a competitive state of equilibrium where no one has too much power for too long. Blair’s landslide victory gave him a “Messiah Complex” and it took someone similarly corrupted by power like President Mugabe, who said in Durban in 1999 that the former Conservative government was better. “We told them the Conservatives were better, more mature. They are moving Britain away from the path where Britain was the pacemaker and also from a Britain that has a heart.”

Again Robert Mugabe on 4th March 2010 offered David Cameron his endorsement and is he mad and bad enough to know that a change would be good even if it is someone else’s. “We have always related better with the British through the Conservatives than Labour,” Zimbabwe’s president said¬† “Conservatives are bold, [Tony] Blair and [Gordon] Brown run away when they see me, but not these fools, they know how to relate to others.” Speaking in Zimbabwe after hearing of Brown’s comments to Zuma, Mugabe said: “We have a better chance with David Cameron than with Brown.”Margaret Thatcher’s government presided over independence for then Rhodesia in 1980. It is not the first time Mugabe has used harsh language, saying in 1999 that Blair was a “little man” for refusing to honour commitments made by Conservative governments to help fund Zimbabwe’s land reforms. Perversely he may be right, hopefully lives can be be saved if so…

Watching the fan spin after coming round from yoga the day before the election date was announced reminded me of the sounds of the blades and fan from Apocalypse Now as Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) wakes up.

“Of our elaborate plans, the end, Of everything that stands, the end, No safety or surprise, the end, I’ll never look into your eyes…again, Can you picture what will be, So limitless and free, Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand, In a…desperate land, Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain.”

I did tai chi¬† and meditated later that day, more peacefully than Willard’s next sequence where he punches out the mirror and contemplated the Three Days of the Condoresque world that we live in.


Last orders for the “Gay Hussars” Gordon Brown, Alastair Campbell, Cherie and Tony “Perma Tan” Blair

‚ÄúPolitical language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.‚ÄĚ George Orwell One of my favourite tracks and movie sequences from the Apocalypse Now Intro, entirely appropriate to the economic and ideological chaos and wounds created in the spirit of the¬† “Adam Curtis – Richard Nixon Fear paradigm” that New Labour bequeaved us that will take a generation to correct. Through Blair’s manipulation of the power of nightmares he said he believed the Iraq invasion was authorised by Resolution 1441. But all he did was unlawfully legitamise the type of actions contained within the Collateral Murder – Wikileaks – Iraq footage, the jury may still be out but justice is yet to be served on this open ended crime against humanity. I am apolitical but in the spirit of Lord Acton it is time for constructive change away from paranoid control, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

From Adam Curtis’s The Power of Nightmares series, “In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this. But their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered to their people. Those dreams failed, and people lost faith in political ideologies. After the end of the Cold War, politicians had come to be seen simply as managers of public life. But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority over us. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. The new boogeyman, they tell us, is international terrorism–a powerful and sinister network, with sleeper cells in countries across the world–a threat that needs to be fought by a global war on terror.

But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been deliberately exaggerated and distorted by politicians and a direlect media to their own selfish advantage. It’s a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned throughout the Western world.

Adam Curtis’s series of films explains how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives, and the militant Islamists. Both groups are idealists who share a common belief that liberal democracy failed to build a better world. And both groups share a similar explanation for what caused that failure.

These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Western politicians have created today’s nightmare vision of a secret, organized evil that they claim threatens the world–a fantasy they have used to restore their power and authority over an emergency-managed and willfuly-gullible public in a disillusioned age.

In a society that believes in nothing, fear becomes the only agenda. While the 20th century was dominated between a conflict between a free-market Right and a socialist Left, even though both of those outlooks had their limitations and their problems, at least they believed in something, whereas what we are seeing now is a society that believes in nothing. And a society that believes in nothing is particularly frightened by people who believe in anything, and, therefore, we label those people as fundamentalists or fanatics, and they have much greater purchase in terms of the fear that they instill in society than they truly deserve. But that’s a measure of how much we have become isolated and atomised rather than of their inherent strength.

But the fear will not last, and just as the dreams that politicians once promised turned out to be illusions, so, too, will the nightmares, and then our politicians will have to face the fact that they have no visions, either good or bad, to offer us any longer.

“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern.” – C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters, preface