A new bio for Black
Not that it matters one iota, but at least one of Black’s allies in this great enterprise has soured on his continuing protestations of innocence and his ongoing predictions of forthcoming vindication. For the longest time, the National Post (which continues to retain Black as a columnist) ran as part of Black’s bio something indicating that once he’d put paid to these scurrilous charges, Lord Black would resume his financial career. Lately, that promise has vanished. Here, then, for the record, is his latest CV as published on the National Post Web site:
Conrad Black is the founder of the National Post. From 1996 to 2000, he was chairman of the Southam Company, Canada’s leading newspaper company. Mr. Black is also a writer and commentator, the author of Render Unto Caesar (the life of Maurice Duplessis), the autobiographical A Life in Progress, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Champion of Freedom, and numerous articles in the National Interest, Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator and other publications. He was a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Meetings for 20 years, a member of the international advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the Americas Society (New York), and remains a member of the Trilateral Commission, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and a trustee of the Hudson Institute (Washington). He is a life peer of the United Kingdom (Lord Black of Crossharbour, since 2001), a member of the Privy Council and Officer of the Order of Canada, and a knight of the Holy See. He has been a director of many prominent companies, including Brascan, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, CanWest and Sotheby’s.
While the “wases” and “has beens” are notable (and the non-mention of Hollinger, which, I suspect, amused the Southam clan), there’s still that streak of defiance. He continues to announce his presence within institutions and organizations where interested parties seek his ouster (e.g., the House of Lords). One suspects this will go on past the prison door, suggesting, as always, that there’s a fine line between shamelessness and resilience.