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Regulator should declare who the Freemasons are

There is no doubt in my mind that the FSA should declare who on its staff are members of the Freemasonry.

Having been a member of the Freemasons for three years, I can tell you it is nothing at all like being a member of your local golf club.

I should emphasise that I resigned not because of corruption or any dark dealings but because, even though I was a member, no one ever let me in on what Freemasonry is really about and I became bored with the repetitiveness of every meeting and what, for me, was the oddly quasi-religious nature of the ceremonies. I just could not believe that this was all there is to Freemasonry but no one would explain to me what more there might be.

Certain other members would sometimes complain discreetly that: “They never tell you anything.” They certainly do not. Direct questions were politely ignored or answered with things like: “You get out of it what you put in.” Such as? No one would say.

The Freemasonry is not a secret organisation and it undoubtedly raises consider-able sums of money from its members for charitable causes but it is secretive, not least towards its lowlier members, as I was. It is also an extremely wealthy organisation but never discloses to any outside party any details of its finances.

I remain convinced that a good deal of behind-the-scenes pulling of strings still goes on for the benefit of those who have progressed up the internal ladder. Whether or not any such string-pulling could be justifiably described as corrupt, I have no idea.

We can be fairly certain that anyone who may have benefited from favourable influence being wielded on their behalf behind the scenes is highly unlikely to share that knowledge with anyone outside the organisation.

Why, one must surely wonder, would the FSA decline to comment on the issue?

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