Common Purpose

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Over the last few days I’ve had a few emails about Common Purpose but didn’t pay them much attention because I get bloody hundreds of emails.  But today I got an email from someone who wouldn’t bring it up unless there was something in it so I hopped onto Google to see what I could find.  Why do I do these things to myself?

Common Purpose is an organisation that trains “leaders”.  These “leaders” have to be nominated to take part in their training courses and applications are vetted.  The training course trains the “leaders” on how to “lead beyond their authority, beyond their direct circle of control“.

Their “vision” contains the following:

For a democracy to be strong, it needs an active civil society, in which citizens are both informed and connected. Common Purpose’s vision is that we can improve the way society works by increasing the number of informed and engaged individuals who are actively involved in the future of the areas in which they live and work.

The leaders of this civil society are likely to be leaders already within their own areas: companies, hospitals, communities. But they need to see themselves as leaders of society too – and use their talents accordingly.

So, what does “lead beyond their authority” mean?  Reading their website and translating it into plain English, the objective seems to be to train business leaders to take over local government – a process that’s already started.  Regional Development Agencies, City Regions, Regional Assemblies, Regional Observatories, they are all dominated by business.  Closer to home for me, the recently-evicted Liebour administration in Telford & Wrekin set up a limited company to take care of regeneration and investment in the borough.  There are 11 board members, only 2 of which are from the council and only one of them was elected.  The other 9 are “leaders” – company chief executives and directors, the regional development agency, the Learning & Skills Council, Wolverhampton University, Chamber of Commerce.  The pattern is repeated throughout the unelected quangocracy.

UK Indymedia has a list with some of Common Purpose’s clients.  They include police forces, the Scottish Executive, schools and universities, councils, churches, newspapers, prisons, government departments and some big household names.  The founder of Common Purpose, Julia Middleton, was John Prescott’s head of personnel selection when he was Deputy Prime Minister and creating the regional assemblies – the same regional assemblies that are obsessed with the business agenda.

Phil Davies, MP for Shipley, asked questions in Parliament on spending on Common Purpose: 

  • The DWP spent £240k on Common Purpose between 2002 and 2007
  • The Department for Communities and Local Government has given £40k to Common Purpose for “preventing extremism” since June 2007
  • The Department for Children, Schools and Families (under its old name of DfES) spent £51,700 on Common Purpose in 2004 and 2005 and Common Purpose has the use of an office inside the Department for Children, Schools and Families at Sheffield
  • DEFRA apparently spent £658 on Common Purpose since June 2001 but the courses cost thousands and there’s a cop-out in the answer saying that it’s from centrally-held records only (DEFRA operates regionally)
  • DCLG has spent £307k on Common Purpose since 2002
  • The Department for Health spent £35,242 between 2003 and 2008 on Common Purpose
  • The Home Office spent £33,688 on Common Purpose training and gave £36,500 in grants to Common Purpose between 2002 and 2007
  • The Duchy of Lancaster spent £5,688 on Common Purpose in 2002-04
  • The Department for Transport spend £19,676 from 2005 to present and is still spending
  • The Treasury has spent £20,625 on Common Purpose since 2002
  • The Department for Culture, Media and Sport spent £8,460 in 2002 on Common Purpose for 2 employees
  • The Foreign Office paid £3,750 in 2003-04 for one senior official to attend a Common Purpose course
  • The Department for International Development spent £181,333 helping Common Purpose establish itself in South Africa.
  • The Department for Constitutional Affairs doesn’t hold information on how much they have spent on Common Pupose as they made the decision to spend on Common Purpose at a regional level
  • The Northern Ireland Office spent £4,395 on Common Purpose in 2006/07
  • The Ministry of Defence spent £308,525 on Common Purpose between 2002 and 2007

The phrase “common purpose” appears a disturbing amount of times in government speeches.  As does the word “connecting” in apparently meaningless context – this is part of Common Purpose’s newspeak.  The EU, of course, operates on a policy of “common purpose”.

PJC Journal has discovered that Common Purpose even has its own reserved network on the internet, something that is normally the reserve of national registrars and large registrars.

The NHS in the East Midlands is actively recruiting for Common Purpose, as is Oxford Said Business School.

Renew Northwest, the Regional Development Agency has already booked up a Common Purpose programme (at taxpayers expense of course) for 2008.

Common Purpose operates Chatham House rules at its meetings meaning there are no minutes, no records of attendees and nobody talks about what happens at them.  They are, effectively, a secret society along the lines of the Masons.  They certainly have a lot in common with the Masons apart from the charitable donations which, to the best of my knowledge, Common Purpose have no truck with.  And, of course, membership of the masons requires a disclosure on a register of interest if you are a Councillor or MP.

There is something very sinister about this organisation and something very wrong about a “common purpose” being instilled into the nation’s “leaders”.  I don’t want a civil society run by the business community.

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  1. Alfie the OK (19 comments) says:

    Common purpose is an extremely nasty organisation. I’ve seen their stuff and been aware of their activities for a while now. It all smacks of a Brave New World order. Those educated to lead and those destined to be lead…. by a secretive cabal of power mad arseholes….

  2. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Something does need done about the cancerous inefficiencis of our governments and civil services

  3. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Great post, Wonko. Common purpose is a creepy set-up, and more needs to be done to make people aware of its existence. In a democracy, things are supposed to be out in the open. This organisation is not geared towards filling a space in civil society, it is geared towards ensuring the continuation of neoliberal economic policy and integration into the EU capitalist superstate.

  4. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Thanks. It’s been a reall eye opener, I didn’t know anything about them until the other day. I’ve got a few FOI’s out at the moment on it so watch this space.

  5. George Ashcroft (122 comments) says:

    I have had a look into this. I doubt they will be asking either myself or Wonko to enrole anytime soon. It does raise a number of interesting questions. Who identifies those suitable for”leadership” and according to what criteria? Who appoints the “board” of the organisation? Is it by any means democratically accountable and to whom? In particular, how widespread is it’s involvement in local government processes and does any such involvement effectively subvert the democratic process? In other words, is common purpose proposing an attitude of “we know best” whilst not submitting its graduates to the will of the ballot box? How many elected holders of public office have undertaken this training and at whose expense? And most importantly what is their definition of “COMMON PURPOSE”?

  6. iain (1 comments) says:

    NO-EU Common Purpose government infiltraitors 9-15-07 Brian Gerrish. google.

  7. George Ashcroft (122 comments) says:

    Very interesting although it all seems a bit far-fetched to me. Talk of the “post democratic era” and all that. The organisation appears to be backed by numerous and credible public companies though I do still have concerns over questions of democratic accountability. I will await Wonko’s findings with interest.

  8. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    We’re already in the “post democratic era”.

  9. George Ashcroft (122 comments) says:

    If we are truly in the “post democratic society” I must have imagined casting my vote in a by-election a few weeks ago, or winning an election myself back in May. I surely dreamed that I attended a meeting of Telford & Wrekin council last night where full and frank debate was held on the European Treaty and a motion passed by majority calling on Gordon Brown to hold a referendum. Perhaps I am even making up this example of democracy in action.

    When you look around the world and see how others live and rule by the bomb and the bullet you start to realise just how lucky we are to live in what is in essence and despite all the shortcomings, a democratic society. Of course, we must protect it against myriad threats from without and within but excitable claims of “post democratic society” does that cause no good at all.

    I would like to know precisely where Common Purpose has claimed to be preparing for a “post-democratic” society, for that was the inference within the article. However I will attest that my reading on the subject of Common Purpose has merely confirmed my long held view that an unaccountable and almost neo-marxist Class Politique has seemingly arisen within civil society at both local and national level.

    It has arisen largely because of the failure of the political right in this country to mount an effective challenge to it’s development and machinations, whilst it has at the same time been ably assisted by the thinking and philosophy of the liberal and socialist left. I reject the notion that it is by any means a conspiracy but rather a modern continuation of what Mrs Thatcher once termed “the battle of ideas”.

    It is a mentality, an almost neo-marxist thinking that has gripped the consciousness of many of the otherwise well-meaning and hard working individuals engaged with the betterment and furtherance of both individuals and wider society.

    The real need is for the political right to mount a succesfull challenge to this neo-marxist thinking. To do that, it must adopt a credilble strategy that avoids compromise with that very thinking, whilst at the same time avoiding the taint of the conspiracy theorists or extremism a la BNP/UKIP that has unfortunately served to hamper such efforts in the past. The right must become attractive in political, civic and intellectual spheres and move away from the “reactionary” or even “extremist” moniker.

    With regard to the political sphere I have heard all of the arguments against the Conservative Party. However, here is a political party that meets these aforementioned criteria and is in a position both of history and activity, but more importantly in a position of popular recognition, to adopt such a strategy. It did so in the past albeit under different circumstances with the Thatcher Governments and it can do so again. I recognise and accept that the Conservative Party is a broad coalition of viewpoints and interests. My voice represents merely one such interest but one I perceive to be both a widespread and growing one.

    This viewpoint requires increased expression, both within the Conservative Party and outside so that it can itself become a major part of the consciousness of the party and wider society. If it does so then the Britain that our children inherit will remains a democratic and free society as it is today. Indeed, that Britain will be even more free and more democratic than today and will act as beacon to the rest of the world, much of which is today in darkness but tomorrow can itself be free.

  10. Darren (2 comments) says:

    Richard Sambrook – Director, BBC Global News
    “There’s a whole new generation who see both party and office politics as irrelevent to their lives. They’re looking for their own ways to change the world. And they’re looking to Common Purpose to help”
    for more CP info from foi requests

  11. Tony Rogers (1 comments) says:

    “I reject the notion that it is by any means a conspiracy but rather a modern continuation of what Mrs Thatcher once termed “the battle of ideas” – George Ashcroft.

    The ‘right’ never lost any ‘battle of ideas’. What they lost was dominance in academia and the mass media. “Reactionary” and “extremist” are cheap slogans used by neo-Marxists to discredit their opponents. The ideas of the ‘right’ are fine with most of us but their stategies have not been proactive like the reds have. An anti-EU pro-British (in the traditional sense of British) equivalent of CP would have to find its money from grassroots support. The State-funded bodies that feed CP would not be so kind to such an organisation. For the moment at least, Brian Gerrish’s strategy of exposing CP at every opportunity is seems a sensible way of dealing with this group. For the moment.

  12. John Porter (1 comments) says:

    I know many people from small charities, small and large businesses and public sector organisations who have done a Common Purpose programme. All of them say that it has been the best leadership development training they have ever had – worth every penny. The cost of the programmes is a little cheaper than many providers! It seems the correspondents are totally out of touch of the objectives of the organisation and their negative comments have no basis in fact.

  13. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    And have you been on a Common Purpose course John Porter? 🙂

  14. Darren (2 comments) says:

    John Porter wrote –
    I know many people from small charities, small and large businesses and public sector organisations who have done a Common Purpose programme. All of them say that it has been the best leadership development training they have ever had – worth every penny. The cost of the programmes is a little cheaper than many providers! It seems the correspondents are totally out of touch of the objectives of the organisation and their negative comments have no basis in fact.

    Are you the same John Porter who is London Programme Director for Common Purpose ?


  15. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    It would make a great story if it was but I don’t think that being an online collectors card trader qualifies you for Common Purpose. Could be wrong of course …

  16. Marti (1 comments) says:

    This is very interesting and may explain the corruption, lies, abuse of power, illegality and torture some have been experiencing via the DWP, the Parliamentary Ombudsman, the Appeal Tribunal Service, the Social Security Commissioners, the Information Commissioner, the Information Tribunal, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and a disinterested Justice Minister.

  17. Dennis (2 comments) says:

    Common Purpose, as far as I understand it, is an organisation much on the lines of the Free Masons, only they get outside help, and government contributions which comes from OUR taxes, so should in effect be a public group, so why is it secret? It’s more like a branch of the Illuminati, creaping across the country like a cancer.

  18. Freedom Junkie (1 comments) says:

    Common Purpose is tax payer funded freemasonry. It is a pro EU organization designed to brainwash people using neuro lingistic programming.

    This kind of thing is increasingly common in large corporations. I have first hand experience of it. In Caterpillar Inc, (the big diggers and earth moving machinery), they have a management training system called Six Sigma, designed to brainwash people into corporate alligence. It is a masterly system for weeding out anyone who displays ‘individualism’ from management positions or career advancement. They also publish a code of conduct manual called ‘Values and Behaviours.’ This manual ‘teaches’ people an expected set of values and behavior in your everyday interaction with employees, everything from opening doors for people (as if you need to be told basic manners) to conflict resolution. It is ghastly and Marxist. All permenant staff and contract staff are obliged to undertake Values and Behaviours training. I refused and left before I was disciplined for my intransigence.

    • Buster (1 comments) says:

      Hi Freedom Junkie

      Your comments is absolutely correct, much research has been done in to CP. Can you tell us how we can get a copy of the manual that you have referred to. wonkotsane respones ton this subject are excellent.

  19. Planet Zongo (1 comments) says:

    The CEO of Common Purpose is philosophicaly driven by Euro-Communism. Don\’t fall into the error of supposing that all\’Communisms\’ are the same.

    Check out the philosophy of the now defunct \’MARXISM TODAY\’ Its Editorial staff;- adherents of strains of Machiavelli/Marx/Gramsci through Foucault,Stuart Hall,Eric Hobsbawm etc etc.DYOR,-formed precursor thinktank DEMOS. DEMOS founders Geoff Mulgan/Martin Jacques spawned the CEO of Common Purpose Julia Middleton. Forget all the conspiracy theory stuff. We are dealing with facts here. Injoke—Why Common Purpose? Why not call it EUPRAXIS? Even better Dyspraxis (not the medical term by the way)Suppose it would have been a dead give away with either.

  20. Nigel Williamson (1 comments) says:

    I to have just started looking into Common Purpose & they are everywhere, but no one in authority wants to talk about them & they seem concerned that I’m asking

  21. Common On Purpose (1 comments) says:

    I am a Common Purpose “undergrad”. Common Purpose is simply another leadership development opportunity, which gives access to some interesting speakers and ideas. The sessions are informative and include open conversation – I do not feel in any way indoctrinated, or that I have altered my own political views (other than be horrified by the inefficiencies and clumsy structured that exist in the public sector generally).

    My fees are paid for by my employer – I can not meaningfully comment on how government offices chose to invest in developing their own people. Like all things, it’s easy for people to be fearful of something they don’t understand. But I am looking forward to being given my code word that will switch my then pre-programmed brain to “seize control of the state” mode. Yes. That is crazy, isn’t it? But at least CP gives people something else to build a conspiracy theory about. Why do I sense that there is a thread of “envy” running through these posts? I’m sure you’d all like to be invited to learn the secret handshake, wouldn’t you?

  22. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    No envy from me, if you read my blog you’ll know that I don’t agree with the “business community” interfering in the democratic process. Common Purpose trains “business leaders” to “lead beyond their authority” – what is that if it’s not exceeding and undermining legitimate authority? What right do you as a “business leader” have to lead anyone other than those who you are responsible for? If theres nothing to hide then why use Chatham House rules?

  23. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    It seems “Common On Purpose” that you miss the point. The complaint is that CP is seeking to fill a gap in society with an elitist club rather than with democratic control and accountability. CP is secretive and not open to the general public – hardly something that will contribute to an active civil society.

  24. axel (1214 comments) says:

    …but until a democratically accountable organisation comes along…..

    I think the problem is, if it is ‘publicably accountable’ it is prone to the winds of fashion and crap like that and will have to be too a;; inclusive to be effective.

    As a ‘private club’ it can say , our theory is ‘this’ and that is all we will preach. I have seen too much wasted on non courses and education styles. Ethnic diversirty training springs particularly to mind, people are people, it does’nt matter where you or your father came from, what church you go to on what day of the week or what team you support, we are all human beings. And if you need taught that, all this pussy footing around is going to be over your head.

  25. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Forgive me, axel – I don’t understand – are you saying that you think it is okay for Common Purpose to operate in the secretive way it does?

  26. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    I think he might be playing Devils Advocate and using my unelected House of Lords argument for Common Purpose but in the case of hereditary peers, they don’t have to worry about their jobs if they do the right thing whereas a Common Purpose agent would.

  27. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Charlie; If they want to be secretive, let them be secretive, if their methods and training are so good, a free marketeer will come along and under cut them and provide a similair service.

    The current system is beset by inertia and fear of the over blown rule system, we are sleep walking into where ever we are going. This is not neccesarily a bad thing as we dont know where it is. But some people dont like this lazy evolutionary method and want to force their way on us.

    And that is what is happening. Maybe we’ll like their ways and maybe we wont but that is what living in our country is all about, we get to complain about different groups and write stern letters to our favourite blogger but until it becomes illegal, their actions that is, it is just tough!

    Me? I dont care about Fox hunting or the counrtyside alliance but they continue on and on.

    Common purpose? Again, i dont care, if they make a difference to our shitty inefficient stodge bound system, hooray, if they dont? They are no worse than the Flat Earthers or proponents of seperate religous educations.

  28. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Does it matter who the ‘Government’ (note capital) are, the ‘government’ (note lowercase) are still a bunch of cocks.

    The civil service is a behemothic entity, that exists in its own wee world, if it regarded Common Purpose as a threat, it would crush it, rollit over, with out blinking. The fact that they have not acted against it, shows how insignificant it is in real terms.

  29. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    The difference with the Countryside Alliance is that it’s a lobby group.

    Common Purpose doesn’t claim to be a lobby group or a business (so hence, not likely to see a “free marketeer” undercutting them?) – and if you have people in positions of power meeting in secret it makes corruption easier, harder to detect, and more difficult to root out…

  30. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Does Common Purpose not lobby for ‘its’ way of thinking?

    Does Cpmmon Purpose not charge for lessons, indoctrination, absolution or its secrets?

    I think you are being a little paranoid about secrets, I know where you are coming from but remember with Freedom of Information and public enquiries et al most descisions are utterly transparent.

    And if there are suggestiuons of corruption,these are usually descended upon with great gusto by the press and other regulatory bodies that look for this sort of thing.

    And having dealt with several ‘public sector’ contracts and knowing of their Byzantine nature, I think the corruption aspect is……..

    ….is what? Our, UK, ‘corruption’ is so institutionalised and normalised that we are not even aware of it and when it is pointed out as corruption, we would normally just laugh at the concept of certain funding streams being immoral or wrong.

    Someone needs to take a big stick to the public sector, maybe it is you and your way of thinking or maybe me and god forgive us, mine or maybe Common Purpose and their way.

    Something needs done

  31. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    What on earth do you mean by a big stick?

    The public sector is already getting a beating with below-inflation pay awards to nurses, teachers, civil servants, prison officers and police – with creeping privatisation of services to the benefit of multinational corporations but to the detriment of service users and service providers.

    For those working in the private sector there’s the threat of having your job outsourced to countries with lower labour costs (the real meaning of free competition!) and the knowledge that if you get involved in a dispute with your employer, they’ve got the law on their side.

    As for Common Purpose’s way of thinking – that\’s dominant in governement, both central and local, so it’s not lobbying neoliberalism, it’s helping to implement the agenda. By linking big business and the public sector, it becomes easier to start to turn public services into sources of profit for the super-rich.

  32. axel (1214 comments) says:

    I meant its ‘management practices’ and enviable talent of pissing away billions to no obvious result.

    I see what you are saying but that is not what I am arguing with, what I’m trying to get across is…….

    The ‘system’ is fat bloated self serving and perpetuating, it needs changed. It needs changed so we as its ‘customers’ get a better deal for our money.

    Why does it it take 6 months for certain civil service departments to come to a decision? The actual work it self takes 3 hours, the actual work could be done by a monkey, it is a simple flow chart process, so why, if all the supporting documentation is present does it still take 6 months? That to me is a department that needs a big stick taken to it.

    Why will it take X weeks to get to see a specialist, if he is that busy, we need more specialists, if he uses his time for private parctice to the detriment of us nHS people, then stop him doing the private work and get a full time NHS specialist in his office.

    There are Nurses with out jobs and jobs with out Nurses, why? Oh, its because the Bank system is not too efficient and has too many innefficient admin overheads clogging it up.

    Why, does one of my nephews get to play rugby at his school but the other does not? Well, the kiddy fiddler check up costs money and heres where it gets funny, my nephews school could afford it the the other ones school could not. Oh yes, are you laughing yet? It is the same guy, they are checking up on, for rugby at more or less the same time on saturday morning at the same place. Both are in state schools.

    All cases of simple problems, with simple solutions that are strangled by the complexity and over bearing lardishness of the ‘system’

  33. John (37 comments) says:

    Surely there’s a simple answer. Identify all the leaders of Common Purpose and then destroy them.

  34. Stop Common Purpose (3 comments) says:

    If you don’t know what Common Purpose is, I suggest you find out.

    Common Purpose is a corrupt organisation which must be stopped:

  35. Jake Black (1 comments) says:

    common purpose, do they have something to do with the Ditchley Foundation, or the One World Trust, and its’ associated Westminster House of Commons, All Party Group for World Government ?

    See the URLs below: [HoC APGWG]

    Some of the same names keep cropping up.
    Note how at the Dichley pages, apparent
    political adversaries seem to be having
    secret meetings with senior civil servants
    and colluding to circumvent the democratic


    … Jake Black

  36. Lady Portia (1 comments) says:

    It is basically a training similar to that used by the SS in Germany during WW2.

    It uses slides and you wont even know you are being secretly programmed- if you are sheepish to fall under their spell.

    Of course, so many people are in thei Herd Thinking phase and want to be one of the group or be ostracised.

    So they give away their power to Common Purpose and are blind to the truth.

    They wont be choosing a strong willed person though- as they could cop on to things too quickly.

    Locking the door , and making sure you cannot leave during programming sessions is a dead give away.

    After training many are totally changed, and act like robots, with no emotions or concern for anyone except their master.

    So you see where Hitler and SS come alive.

  37. Tim (4 comments) says:

    It’s almost as bad as first class coaches on trains.. Who knows what goes on behind those slidey doors? There aren’t any minutes and from what I can tell, government spends more money on trains than any other sector of true society! I certainly didn’t vote for first class and I don’t think you should either. In fact, come to think of it, first class stamps are another example of a secret organisation. The Royal Mail activeley promote the fact that they keep all of the information containted within totally secret. People could be planning all sorts of anti-social activity! Just because you don’t lick the stamps communist behind doesn’t mean you are not under their influence. If you look at the current issue of stamps (may 2008) they are all commemorating the bastions of masonic pride! If this isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.. If you change all of the letters in Common Purpose by a couple of steps you get Communist Alien Shape Shifters!! .. OK you need to add a couple of letters but that just proves how much they are trying to hide!!

  38. Danny Cunnington (1 comments) says:

    There are more than a few problems with common purpose. They are basically obtaining public money for a private agenda. They are in most other EU countries doing something similar.

    word searching constantly throws up the Mental health profession which considering the way they conduct thier “Matrix” training courses this is a little telling.

    In Canada and the US there is a similar program called Zenith. This is supported by the Rockefeller family leading proponents of the New world owner.

    In a democracy there shouldn’t be any need for secrecy unless there is something that somebody is hiding.

    The new labour style PR is also a bit of a give away as is the blogs that clearly have a unstated conflict of interest. (Check out Wikipedia’s warning)

    Some people say this is like Hitler’s Hitler youth movement but I think it much closer to Joseph Stalin policies and it seem to politically be neo Stalinist span into new labour liberal democracy.

    Perhaps a shadow government in waiting to fill the gap when UK sovereignty is abolished and direct liaison with central EU government is needed. If this is the case then it would explain the excessive secrecy as an intention to bring this about is an act of treason which is a crime.

    If you wanted to build an EUSSR you would need an alternative management and control matrix in each country that could step in and take over.

    This is the subversion of democracy and you may have noticed that NWO proponent Gordon Brown has denied a referendum on the EU constitution despite 3 out of 3 other EU countries having rejected it by majority public vote.

    His party has no chance of re election and I’m sure he couldn’t win a referendum and needs to avoid the debate that would result if one was to be held

  39. alien bitch (1 comments) says:

    another psychology-money cult with great agenda to save the world. a product of the liberal oligarchical political-correctness school allied to insider-capitalism?
    its a cult substitution for a kinky dominatrix, which is sad as there are no thigh-highs!

  40. Sean (1 comments) says:


  41. Jim Green (1 comments) says:

    These people need sorting out as they are treacherous.I would ask everyone to do that I have done and that is to write or email your MP and ask if they or thier leader is Common Purpose, in other words let them know that we are on to them and disagree with it.Ask your local councillors if they are CP and what benefit is it to the tax payer and how much of our money is spent on this training?

  42. Rumourfarm (6 comments) says:

    This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read. To think that Common Purpose is some form of clandestine organisation is hilarious!! The sums of money you’re talking about are small fry, insignificant and hardly smack of some state sponsored brainwashing organisation. I work for an organisation of a similar size to CP with revenues of over 100 times their annual turnover. So the DWP spent £240k at CP, I bet they spend more than that on teabags!! If you actually bothered to spend some time finding out exactly what CP do instead of getting your facts from someone else with too much spare time (and perhaps medication) you’d see that they do a lot of good in the world.

  43. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    And where do you get your information from? Their website tells me all I need to know.

  44. Rumourfarm (6 comments) says:

    Unfortunately for Common Purpose their website is awful frankly and doesn\’t do them justice. If you look around at websites of other organisations this is repeated time and again. Even large multinationals often have poor websites with very little up to date information.

    From your rant at the start of this blog I would wager that some (if not a lot) of your information comes from sources other than CP and is of dubious credibility. It also appears that neither you or a large chunk of your readership has any concept of what constitutes a lot of money in business these days. As I stated earlier, the sums you are getting all shouty about are small change.

    I get my information from people who have been on CP programmes, people who work for CP and communities, youngsters, schools and parents that have benefitted from the work that CP do.

    I wonder how much money the BNP and UKIP take from private businesses and individuals? Probably more than CP and more than likely that they don\’t do any good with it.

  45. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    I get information from their website, from other interested people and from my own and other peoples’ FOI requests. You carry on listening to the propaganda put out by Common Purpose and their agents.

  46. dave (21 comments) says:

    Rumourfarm is using the usual “its the evil BNP, you must be a racist,etc” as well documented by others. Since the only
    possible chance of getting a grip of these traitors is to put the BNP in power, they have very strict ideas on allowing this illegal undercover organisation to operate in the UK. no one else will as all other parties are corrupt.

  47. Just a bloke (1 comments) says:

    All your conspiracy theorist stuff is just bonkers

    Common purpose provide training programmes – you go on them – you like the m,essages and learn something (You know really radical … how to become a school govenor)

    or you don’t

    You get invited to graduate events – you go ….or you don’t

    End of

    Gerrish and co are nuts

  48. martin (6 comments) says:

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    Do you have an e-mail?



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  50. Paul Roper (2 comments) says:

    The Rowner Regeneration the biggest Common Purpose regeneration in the world.A right rip off, the Rowner Renewal Partnership paid the majority investors of 10 or more flats £50,000 each flat in 2008 the remainder of the 301 flat owners was offered £ 25,000, each or a %25 shared ownership flat where £300 pm is charged.

    We have experienced seven years of demolition around us many of us are stuck in this terrible situation fighting for a fair deal.
    You can tell it is COMMON PURPOSE spun/engineered by the words used Vision Group/Steering Group.

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  52. Paul Roper (2 comments) says:

    The Rowner Regeneration a £145m common purpose regeneration, which like all of these regenerations were started with John Prescott and Julia Middleton,
    all the letters we were bombarded with, Vision Groups and Steering groups.

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