About James Gibb Stuart – The Convener of Bromsgrove

    (This interview, by Alistair McConnachie was published originally in Prosperity, February 2000. James passed away on 25 September 2013.) James, please tell us a bit about yourself. 

    I was a Territorial Army soldier when war broke out, and spent 1940
    defending the beaches against the invasion which never came. By 1941 I had transferred to the Royal Air Force, and became an air navigator on Halifaxes, finishing my service career in India and China. Civil life
    took me back to the family business, and by 1962 I had moved into industry, servicing the new electronics complex which was building up through IBM in Greenock’s Spango Valley. I started writing in 1978, bought out the old William MacLellan publishing business in the 1980’s, and subsequently formed a new company Ossian Publishers Ltd., to focus on the money problem. 

    What sparked your interest in money reform? 

    In the early 1960’s I was acquainted with Angus Graham, 7th Duke of
    Montrose, who was the then Rhodesian Minister of Defence 1965-66. Lord
    Graham was a convinced advocate of Government-created money, and as a
    member of the London-based Economic Research Council, had commissioned
    the money reformer Edward Holloway to do a survey for the Rhodesian
    Government in 1962, which had recommended financial independence.
    Holloway’s recommendations had rubbed off on the Duke, and subsequently
    on me. There was a great flowering of ideas at that time. The
    international financial system had already begun its campaign to control
    Third World resources, and cared little about who suffered in the

    You’re well known in money reform circles for The Money Bomb, one of the first major popular treatments of money reform since the 1930s. What inspired you to write it? 

    By 1981 Edward Holloway had produced his landmark Government Debt and
    Credit Creation,
    I had studied its mass of research and statistics upon
    the role of the Bank of England in our financial affairs, and the need
    for a systemic reform was obvious. I had meanwhile joined the Scottish
    Monetary Reform Society, composed of Douglas Social Crediters, and
    access to their files and their thinking helped me put The Money Bomb

    What was the public response to The Money Bomb? 

    The public at large saw very little of it, because the book trade and
    the media went out of their way to give it zero publicity. When it was
    first published in March 1983, a journalist of the London Evening
    Standard was disciplined for getting it on to the front page of an
    afternoon edition, a bookseller in the Barbican was threatened with loss
    of profitable franchises if he put it on window display, and a major
    bookshop in Glasgow, who had placed an initial stock order, subsequently
    wrote and asked me not to advertise the fact that they were carrying it.
    However, a small group of Tories under Margaret Thatcher did take it up
    as a means of stabilising the National Debt by using government-created
    money to fund the annual interest. Siren voices intervened, however, and
    she went instead for privatisation of our national assets – selling off
    the family silver. Sixteen years further on, we’ve still got the debt;
    now about £250 billion, much as I had forecast; but they dumped her. I
    venture to think that had she been able to follow through on The Money
    recommendations, such could have been the benefits in terms of
    reduced taxation and social welfare improvements that she might still be
    PM! [This book is still available from Prosperity. See “Publications for Sale” link on right of this page]

    What other books have you written? 

    On money, for the greens, Economics of the Green Renaissance. For the
    geo-politicists, Hidden Menace to World Peace, which explains why we can
    never have a peaceful association of free peoples till the abuses in the
    financial system have been eradicated. For those who want a primer on
    money reform, Holocaust Island, is a study of the introduction of money
    to a completely new society. We dramatised this as a 60-minute video
    called Survival Island

    Are you working on any new material? 

    Yes Fantopia, to be published early this year [2000], is an allegorical study
    of the social consequences when Government loses control of all new
    money coming into existence. It’s a situation we face in Britain today. 

    How does the money reform scene compare now with when you first became involved in it? Have we moved on? 

    Largely through the spread of Internet facilities, there is a growing
    awareness of the financial chaos, greed and skulduggery which make
    millions mourn. We now have a broadcast medium blissfully free of the
    censorship which effectively cocooned The Money Bomb. 

    You are the Convener for the Bromsgrove Group. Where did the idea for Bromsgrove come from? 

    Bromsgrove takes its name from the locality in which the Group meets.
    Its inspiration came originally from Barbara Panvel, of Birmingham and
    Mumbai, India, who convened the first conference single-handed. She
    brought together a broad spectrum of social, religious and environmental
    opinion which quickly realised that money reform is an essential
    pre-requisite of reforms and improvements elsewhere. 

    What is the most important money reform point to get across to the public? 

    That the State, through some properly constituted State Authority, must
    revive the power of money-creation on behalf of the People, who
    presently suffer much in stress and taxation through what is otherwise a
    private monopoly. 

    What advice would you give to those attempting to convince others about money reform? 

    That they themselves thoroughly understand the principles upon which
    reform must be instituted, and observe the virtues of gradualness in the
    measures which are proposed. There is no advantage in advocating a total
    upheaval of the banking system, which works well for those it is
    intended to serve. Let us merely see that it is made to serve the
    People, with money as our servant and not our master. 

    Are you optimistic for the future? 

    I see a coming together of brains and energies and experience, which must one day force itself into the public arena. To quote an 18th century Romantic poet, “The world should listen then, as I am listening now.”