BBC online - Brian Gerrish - Julia Middleton -
67,932. Its critics say it is a secret networking organisation at the heart of the establishment, with a hidden agenda and influence.
More than 20,000 people – identified as the next generation of leaders – have attended its courses, but if you are not one of them, you have probably never heard of it.
It is called Common Purpose and prominent supporters include BBC business editor Robert Peston, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Cressida Dick of the Metropolitan Police and numerous top public sector officials.
It's a not-for-profit organisation which organises training and networking events for high-fliers.
Its website says: Common Purpose gives leaders the inspiration, the knowledge and the connections they need to produce real change – in their workplaces and in their communities.
According to one Common Purpose ‘graduate’ who spoke to the BBC, Common Purpose’s activities seem innocent enough: delegates attend a week-long residential course, where the emphasis is on personal development and making new contacts.
She said delegates were encouraged to identify their strengths and weaknesses and were taken on outings to a psychiatric hospital, a prison, a local tenants' association and the City.
But former naval officer Brian Gerrish, who leads a campaign against Common Purpose, says: ‘It’s a secret society for careerists. The key point is that the networking is done out of sight of the general public.’ (Common Purpose & Secret Society) BBC online article Ruth Alexander 8th March 2009 ‘A Secret Society?’
67,933. Common Purpose is a change agent. It’s a political cult. It recruits people, trains them to recruit other people, and they go on and train others. But what it is doing very cleverly is changing and reframing their views. Brian Gerrish, lecture British Constitution Group 2009, The State of the Nation
67,934. Common Purpose is gently messing around with people’s minds. It says it’s a charity creating future leaders. But it’s how it creates the leaders that’s the problem ... It’s a sort of network system. And they form a network through the country. And they’re very interested in children. And what they are doing is putting new ideas in their heads. It’s just that they don’t tell them they’re doing that. Brian Gerrish, lecture ‘Common Purpose: Exposing the Real Traitors’, lecture Alternative View conference II
67,935. Who is behind them? Where does the money come from? We know they’re connected with DEMOS because Julia Middleton was connected with DEMOS ... Who is the Rowntree Trust? Who is the Young Foundation? Who’s DEMOS? Who’s The Work Foundation? Who are the Fabians? These people are in the shadows ... They are very scared of exposure. ibid.
106,777. Common Purpose: a Ponerologic Network: elitist, dishonest, no conscience, egocentric, fearful. (Evil & Common Purpose) Brian Gerrish, ‘Political Ponerology: Confronting Evil: Turning the Tide’, lecture Alternative View conference IV
106,824. Barack Obama: ‘A politics of common purpose’ … cf. Gordon Brown: ‘Our common purpose’. Brian Gerrish, ‘Common Sense: The Antidote to the Common Purpose’, lecture Alternative View V
106,755. Common Purpose: ‘Promoting their own ideological agenda’. Brian Gerrish, lecture The Killing Regime, lecture Alternative View conference, Daily Mail article
106,756. ‘Common Purpose compiled a ‘blacklist’ of the individuals concerned. Common Purpose sent private, personal details of these people to public bodies around the country, with the warning that new FOI requests about the charity from those listed should be treated as ‘vexatious’’. ibid. Daily Mail article
106,757. This is Surrey [council] whose chief executive was giving contracts to his Common Purpose friends. ibid.
106,758. Common Purpose leader Shami Chakrabati on LSE Council accepting Gaddafi money: Liberty also courted pro-paedophile organisations. ibid.
106,759. Leveson Inquiry: This is madness … Common Purpose said Leveson should happen. ibid.
106,760. They are telling you that they are brainwashing people. ibid.
106,761. Common Purpose: inc David Cameron, Robert Peston, Lord Patten, Francis Maude, David Bell, hundreds of BBC staff. ibid.
106,762. The European Union is now paying Common Purpose to train ‘leaders’. ibid.
106,763. Supporters of Common Purpose: Goldman Sachs bank, J P Morgan bank, UBS bank, Deutsche bank, Rothschild bank, Morgan Stanley bank, Price Waterhouse et al. ibid.
67,936. Useful idiots ... expert idiots ... build coalitions and conspire ... two or three determined fifth columnists on the inside ... Run over them, undermine them, go round them, or discredit them. Julia Middleton, Beyond Authority, Leadership in a Changing World, CEO Common Purpose