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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.’ BBC online article Ruth Alexander 8th March 2009, ‘A Secret Society?’
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’
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 Alternative View conference II, ‘Common Purpose: Exposing the Real Traitors’
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.
Common Purpose: a Ponerologic Network: elitist, dishonest, no conscience, egocentric, fearful. Brian Gerrish, lecture Alternative View conference IV, ‘Political Ponerology: Confronting Evil: Turning the Tide’
Barack Obama: ‘A politics of common purpose’ … cf. Gordon Brown: ‘Our common purpose’. Brian Gerrish, lecture Alternative View 5, ‘Common Sense: The Antidote to the Common Purpose’
Common Purpose: ‘Promoting their own ideological agenda’. Brian Gerrish, lecture ‘The Killing Regime’; viz Daily Mail article
‘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
This is Surrey [council] whose chief executive was giving contracts to his Common Purpose friends. ibid.
Common Purpose leader Shami Chakrabati on LSE Council accepting Gaddafi money: Liberty also courted pro-paedophile organisations. ibid.
Leveson Inquiry: This is madness … Common Purpose said Leveson should happen. ibid.
They are telling you that they are brainwashing people. ibid.
Common Purpose: inc David Cameron, Robert Peston, Lord Patten, Francis Maude, David Bell, hundreds of BBC staff. ibid.
The European Union is now paying Common Purpose to train ‘leaders’. ibid.
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.
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
Common Purpose (CP) – a hidden virus in our government and schools. Although it has 80,000 trainees in 36 cities, 18,000 graduate members and enormous power, Common Purpose is largely unknown to the general public.
It recruits and trains ‘leaders’ to be loyal to the directives of Common Purpose and the EU, instead of to their own departments, which they then undermine or subvert, the NHS being an example.
Common Purpose is identifying leaders in all levels of our government to assume power when our nation is replaced by the European Union, in what they call ‘the post democratic society’. They are learning to rule without regard to democracy, and will bring the EU police state home to every one of us.
Common Purpose is also the glue that enables fraud to be committed across these government departments to reward pro European local politicians. Corrupt deals are enabled that put property or cash into their pockets by embezzling public assets.
It has members in the NHS, BBC, the police, the legal profession, the church, many of Britain’s 7,000 quangos, local councils, the Civil Service, government ministries, Parliament, and it controls many RDA’s (Regional Development Agencies) …
CP started in 1985; in the 1990s, with its members’ cross departmental influence, it was involved with what then became the disastrous New Millennium Dome Company and the squandering of £800 million; it appears £300m of this was diverted into the web of quangos set up by CP. There is a fraud case over this, stalled in the courts thanks to CP’s influence in the legal profession.
Over £100 million of our money has been spend on CP courses alone, and its been hidden from the public, and members names are a guarded secret. It charges substantial figures for its courses. Matrix for example costs £3,950 plus VAT, and courses for the high flying ‘leader’ can be as much as £9,950 plus VAT. This money is ours, paid by government departments financing senior staff to become agents for CP, instead of loyal to their own jobs.
Common Purpose (Ltd by guarantee, No. 2832875) is registered as charity No. 1023384. It describes itself as being involved in Adult education. Given it preys on the rich and powerful, charges expensive fees, and its aims are clearly power and control, its charity status stinks and should be revoked.
Potential Common Purpose subjects are selected for training. Are they susceptible to being converted; are they in the right job, with the right colleagues and friends? Do they have power, influence and the control of money? If the candidate has some, or all of these key attributes, then the local Common Purpose Advisory Board decides if they can do the course.
Trained leaders are encouraged to act as a network, enable other members’ plans, and have meetings under the so called Chatham House rules. This effectively means their statements are not attributable to them, nor can attendees reveal information heard at a Common Purpose meeting.
Council Officers are having secret meetings with, for example, property developer Common Purpose friends. No agendas and no minutes. Common Purpose graduates from the public quango sectors such as the Regional Development Agencies attend, and have the power to award large sums of public money to projects.
It is the worst national example of cronyism, closed contract bids, fraud and corruption. And unseen to the general public.
Common Purpose undermines traditionally effective and efficient government departments with an overwhelming influx of new language, political correctness and management initiatives. The talk is of empowering communities, vision, worklessness, mainstreaming (sucking EU money into a project to sustain it), community empowerment, working partnership, regeneration and celebrating diversity etc etc. Documents appear about change, and reorganisation.
As CP ‘leaders’ become more senior they employ countless managers and bureaucrats. In time confusion rules, and things don’t seem to work properly. Management decisions are made that seem stupidly destructive. The organisation’s performance becomes sluggish. Undermining the NHS is Common Purpose’s biggest success so far, with bureaucrats outnumbering hospital staff three to one.
David Cameron, who is pro Europe, uses the language of Common Purpose; he has appointed Ken Clarke, the most committed of the pro Europeans, in charge of his ‘Democracy Taskforce’ – rather like putting the cat in charge of the safety of mice.
Common Purpose specifically targets children from the age of 13, and more recently younger, for special leadership and citizenship training. Yes, it is active in schools, and again the average parent has no idea.
People have contacted us to speak of their experiences with Common Purpose. A common theme is its all sweetness and light, until you fail to follow the direction set by the CP leadership.
Then interesting things happen. Ladies in particular have been bullied at work, some have lost their jobs, some have become paranoid and depressed at the pressure from people ganging up on them.
A typical story is a husband describing the decline in his wife from the time she becomes a Common Purpose graduate. Loss of sparkle, enthusiasm, anxious and ‘changed’, and she initiated a divorce.
Other Common Purpose people lie when they are challenged as to their involvement.
Common Purpose candidates are given a two day residential course in which they are ‘trained’ in a closed residential environment, such as a small hotel. They are encouraged to reveal personal information about themselves, such as their likes, dislikes, ambitions and dreams. Discussions are then controlled by the course leaders. Some participants have likened this to Delphi technique or the application of group psychology such as Cognitive Dissonance or brainwashing. Wikileaks article