Common Purpose admit to illegal disclosures

! 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.

I have just been contacted by my Common Purpose informant who tells me that Third Sector magazine has a very interesting interview with Common Purpose.

Common Purpose have admitted in Third Sector magazine to illegally passing on information of members of the public which they have themselves obtained illegally.

Third Sector is a magazine for the voluntary and charity sector and despite Common Purpose fleecing the taxpayer out of millions of pounds for its anti-democracy training courses it somehow manages to cling on to its charity status, presumably through its network of agents that they have used to infiltrate vast swathes of the public sector.

Common Purpose has told Third Sector that they are being picked on by right-wing groups who are deliberately harassing them and then goes on to admit that:

Common Purpose now forwards its list of 130 previous FOI requests, including names of applicants, to help local authorities decide whether new requests about the charity are vexatious.

As Common Purpose is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act they can only have obtained the names of people making FOI requests about them through an illegal disclosure by the public body that has received the request.  After receiving the illegal data they have then processed it illegally and then illegally passed it on to third parties.  A fundamental concept of English law is that ignorance is no defence – by obtaining, processing and then divulging illegally obtained information, Common Purpose has committed a criminal offence and the trustees could face a custodial sentence if there is any part of the judicial system left that hasn’t yet been infiltrated by Common Purpose.

According to the article, Common Purpose are still seeking legal advice – as they have been for at least 2 years now – on their phantom victimisation.  The words “people in glass houses” spring to mind.  Along with other words such as “crooks”, “traitors” and “ha ha, you’re fucked”.

I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that first thing tomorrow I will be asking the Information Commissioner to investigate and prosecute Common Purpose for this offence, particularly as I have a copy of the list of websites Common Purpose has forwarded on and this one is listed.

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  1. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Very interesting…

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    And will you be voicing your concerns to the Information Commissioner as well Charlie?

  3. Wyrtimes (4 comments) says:

    More power to your elbow.

    I had a look at their site and I haven’t a clue what they’re about – but I’m pretty sure that my purpose is not in common with theirs.

  4. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    I’ve never dealt with the ICO before, so I’d find it difficult. I do a lot of grumbling, but not much through official channels, I’m afraid.

    The link doesn’t allow non-subscribers to view the article, which is unfortunate. Given the mention of the BNP, I can see that you’ve been lumped in together.

    That they don’t give a substantial rebuttal of criticisms says a lot…

  5. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Jules, they’re an anti-democratic marxist training “charity” that trains “leaders” to “lead beyond their authority” and work towards Common Purpose’s “new world order” where Common Purpose trained people run the country via unelected quangos.

    Charlie, I’ll let you know what the score is with the Information Commissioner.

    The full article, just in case it’s taken down, is as follows:

    Leadership training charity Common Purpose is taking legal advice about what it claims is a concerted, defamatory attack by right-wing political groups.

    Several websites claim that the charity is dedicated to promoting the power of the EU, and the British National Party describes the organisation’s employees as “traitors”.

    A statement on the BNP site reads: “The day will come when these people will have to answer for their crimes to this country.”

    Earlier this year, Eurosceptic Conservative MP Philip Davies wrote to the Charity Commission to question Common Purpose’s charitable status (4 June, p4).

    David Bell, a Common Purpose trustee, denied that it had a pro-EU agenda. “I have been closely involved with Common Purpose for more than 10 years and this is simply not the case,” he said.

    Another website, Stop CP, encourages readers to submit Freedom of Information requests to their local authorities to find out who has attended the charity’s training courses.

    A spokeswoman for Common Purpose said that the charity was concerned at the volume of FOI requests being made about it. “These appear to have the aim of causing disruption and harassment to Common Purpose as a third party, and, consequently, to the public authority itself,” she said.

    Common Purpose now forwards its list of 130 previous FOI requests, including names of applicants, to help local authorities decide whether new requests about the charity are vexatious.

  6. Letters From A Tory (22 comments) says:

    The charity commission are so bloody spineless. It takes them months to look into the most simple cases.

  7. revinkevin (176 comments) says:

    There are lots of FOI request about common purpose on the What do they know site:

  8. Man in a Shed (10 comments) says:

    As a result of some posts on the internet I’ve started to take a concerned look at Common Purpose.

    I asked my sister in law who has public sector contacts and one of her friends has been on their course. She refused to speak to me about it, but admitted to my sister-in-law that she could see where the concern came from.

    What’s key here is to make sure the next next Conservative administration does something about them.

    If only we could get Guido involved, he needs a charity to get his teeth into after dispathing the Smith Inst.

  9. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Wonko – They’re anti-democratic, yes. But marxist? Well, ex-marxist. Reminds me of that joke Brown kept telling last year: Reagan is told new Swedish PM Olof Palme is an anti-communist and Reagan says, “I don’t care what kind of communist he is!”

    I think we can safely assume that the following high-ranking members of Common Purpose are not marxists:

    Mark Adams, Chief Executive, Netcare Healthcare UK
    Sir David Bell, Chairman, Financial Times Group and Director for People, Pearson plc
    Dr. Christoph Brand, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Germany
    John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, Diocese of Worcester
    Deepak Kapoor, Executive Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive, North East Chamber of Commerce
    Philip Wright, Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

    These folks listed at the .org common purpose site, which gives you a rather scary insight into how international the whole thing is…

    As for Cameron’s New Tories doing anything, Man in a Shed – please, my sides are aching, they’d be more likely to join Common Purpose than ban it!

    • Bob Anglorum (86 comments) says:

      They, “Common Purpose” are a fascist organisation in the true sense. You will find that all the main people are linked to the Fabian Society, a fascist cult which generally works along communist principles. Their early members talked about setting up death camps to exterminate “wreckers of communism”, they inspired the Russian communists to exterminate millions of people. They came up with the idea of setting up “leathal chambers” well before Adolf Hitler, who was instructed in England by the Fabian cult. They have been planning a “communist” world government for over a hundred years, this is the “common purpose”. “Communism” ultimately has nothing to do with working class powers, Karl Marx was a manipulator of minds working for a hidden purpose. He was a prominant member of the Freemasonry cult, he secretly hated working people or “peasants” as he called them. The “common purpose” needs an illusion of “proletariat” justice to succeed, because it is a minority of psychopathic fascists who wish to gain enough power to go on a killing spree. Which strangely are objectives based on biblical prophecy, not “social justice”, enter the Freemasonry agenda.

  10. Sir Henry Morgan (1 comments) says:

    Do me (and maybe you too in the longer term, re Common Purpose)a favour – root through the list you have and check if the name Henry (or H) Morgan is on it.

    I ask because if it is then there\’s a CPer in my council. Yet in response to FoI requests from at least two different people (I\’m one), my council has stated that not one penny has been paid to CP for courses for staff or councillors).

    Where I live, CP has the option of using an org. called Renew Northwest as a cutout – but the accounts dept (files requested under the Audit Commission Act 1998) has denied any payments made to CP or Renew Northwest.

    Am I one of the 130? They might have me on two counts – 1/ The FoI request and 2/ I\’m a locally known BNP party official.

  11. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Charlie, Julia Middleton used to be a Marxist activist. You don’t think there’s anything a bit Marxist about the country being run by unelected committees made up of “business leaders” and “community leaders”?

    Henry, I don’t have the list because it’s not something you can get by FOI as it’s personal details of other people. The only way to find out if your name is on it is to do a Subject Access Request under the DPA to Common Purpose themselves.

  12. Lickyalips (2 comments) says:

    The reason the Charity Commission takes its time in responding to requests about Common Purpose is because the head of the Commission is a Common Purpose graduate, as are most Quango executives and public authority leaders.

  13. Stop Common Purpose (3 comments) says:

    If Common Purpose has nothing to hide, if Common Purpose is not sinister, then why do organisations keep from the public the names of persons who have attended Common Purpose courses? What have they to hide?

  14. axel (1214 comments) says:

    i wonder…..

    …is common purpose a real threat or is it just a target set up by the NWO people to keep all you conspiracy junkies happy, entertained and away from the real business?

    I always thought that about fox hunting and nuclear weapons, they did not do much, affect many people but got a lot of peoples attention and that seemed to be the only purpose they served, to give people something to whine about.

    Are Common Purpose the same? They seem to espouse a set of theories that are quite distant from the grubby political miasma that is Westminster, is that such a bad thing? Would you nrather have a powerful civil servant doing things based on Gordo Browns beleifs or on a set of beleifs that are not tarnished with the carnival style performances that seem to be the mark of our current party parly?

    Who does more damage to us? A civil servant indoctrinated by Labour, Conservatives or common purpose? Or are they all a bunch of useless cheesy cocks?

  15. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    You don’t think there’s anything a bit Marxist about the country being run by unelected committees made up of “business leaders” and “community leaders”?

    Erm, no. There’s nothing marxist about this. Middleton was in the Communist Party, which was against the EU and against big business control of the country – it still is actually. They’ve even come round to supporting an English parliament.

  16. axel (1214 comments) says:

    I think a question we should ask ourselves is, ‘Who “runs” our country, parliment or the civil service’?

    There is a conspiracy theory that it is the Civil Service mandarins and if they dont like a policy, they let the MPs formulate and legislate on their own but if it is something they do care about, they do it properly. Hence the clusterfuck that tried to ban fox hunting, which had minimal suport from them

  17. axel (1214 comments) says:


    Marxist things have the unfortunate tag of being regarded as monolithic, large, inefficient and lowest common denominator crap service

  18. Stan (222 comments) says:

    “Marxist things have the unfortunate tag of being regarded as monolithic, large, inefficient and lowest common denominator crap service”

    That could be any of the Utilities

  19. axel (1214 comments) says:


    I think big companies are bad, or rather badly run and inefficient, so that does include the utilities or the old nationalised industriies as was. They are too big to react to real life situations and modify successfully

  20. Andy (20 comments) says:

    I’m really sorry, and I feel that perhaps I’m talking to a very biased audience here, but Common Purpose are not a bunch of communist or marxists or whatever. It is simply an organisation that facilitates people’s learning about the society around them. Perhaps if you actually spoke to any of the delegates or staff and not listened to your own bullshit you might learn a thing or two and realise that these are all normal people, not some conspirators of some ‘new world order’.

  21. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Andy, you are educated and forward thinking, that makes you a pariah here 😛

    But seriously, your ways are not the same as ours, so we will argue with you and call you rude names but that is not to say you should not join in, I’m sure you have lots of good valid ideas, that we will be happy to assimilate.

    I think the fear and hatred of your gang is because we dont know what you actually do, is it true you sniff each others bums, like dogs do? Or is that an unfounded rumour?

    You should evangelise about CP and try and convert us

  22. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Andy, their website and Julia Middleton’s book talk about their new world order where their people will lead us serfs.

  23. Lickyalips (2 comments) says:

    Andy, if Common Purpose is as benign as you suggest, why all the secrecy surrounding the organisation and its members?

  24. Mike (11 comments) says:

    These common Purpose graduates are so negative. They desperately need help with their mental conditioning before they try to take the rest of us with them. That is if we are stupid enough to believe them and take on their conditioning like a computer virus.
    By knowing how the mind works one is totally immune to mind viruses and mind control.

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