Time to wheelclamp Common Purpose

Earlier today, I wrote of the Skipton clamper and the strongarm tactics employed by firms on ordinary citizens who were potential customers in the area.

Now before I go any further, a warning – this post breaks the netiquette of minimizing linking to one’s own site. The posts linked to are so long that it would have extended this post to impossible lengths to have copied and pasted all the material. Thus the links appear below. Feel free to skip this post altogether if you’re offended by that. I seriously don’t give a damn about visits but do care about the things actually said in those posts and the comments below them.

There’s another issue to this clamping business and that’s the utter callousness of people in this country these days, opting for the Draconian solution first, often without any understanding of the circumstances. Just as with the parachutee problem, the culpable ones are the higher-ups. The man in that picture was hired for those qualities and the firm advertised itself for its ruthlessness, which local firms availed themselves of.

So local firms knew what they were doing to potential customers.

There’s a mix here of the British penchant for the Draconian solution, an attitude which has always existed – look at the miner’s strikes – and the issue of the people behind Draconian solutions. In the case of those strikes, it was two strongwilled lots of people locked in a Power struggle against each other and the public suffering. The union leaders were the ones who called out the workers, the firms were unyielding on pay and conditions and the future of the industry was largely Thatcher’s doing.

Let’s not get into that old issue as such here but the attitude does need looking at – it’s always been there in this country afflicted by a strangely compliant mindset which is, at the same time, quite happy to call for the Draconian solution in Letters to he Editor, i.e. at a safe distance. There’s the skit about the couple at a restaurant table who are bitterly complaining to each other about the food, the waiter comes past and asks how everything is. “Fine, thank you.”

There are also people high up who are exploiting that and as society disintegrates, as in the way people treat one another and withdraw into their shells, so it is accompanied by the Skipton clamper mindset which can only see its own self and no implications further down the track – in that case ultimate lack of custom for businesses in the area. The firms will say custom will still come – people have no choice. They need to buy to survive.

This is so far at odds with the Christian model which has been abandoned in schools and at home and shows the latter to have been a pretty clever and well thought out solution on how to run a society. Even in the 60s, when the unrest was getting up a head of steam, there was still a relative feeling of safety and freely going about one’s business. Not today. Whereas once you’d get a rebuke or warning, now you’re arrested and thrown in jail, even for your opinions:

Off to jail in cuffs, student who tweeted abuse about heart failure footballer

The Mail ran a poll on that and a small majority approved of him being led away and sent to prison for his opinions. That’s horrifying, this almost casual way we’ll approve the rough handling of others who oppose us or who are simply not us. Wherever is the Niemoelian sense in people that what we approve done to those people over there will eventually come back on us?

Where’s the “do unto others”? Doesn’t exist any more because kids don’t even know about it. They’re educationally and morally ignorant, except for some primal drive for decency inside which falls away when their own interests are threatened. In a nutshell, that is a descent to the bestial, reflected in the Eminesque art and architecture around us. It’s a childishness, an infantilization, which many bloggers have noted. It’s been induced and the ones who have allowed it, made policy which will produce it and sat back, wringing hands and faux-bemoaning it later are the PTB.

One particular place these animals are is in local councils. It must be apparent to even the thickest sheeple that the councils are a problem. Raking off millions to invest in Iceland, they increasingly bump up council taxes to pay for inanities and lesser services and hit the residents for even having a rubbish bin slightly out of place. Someone has got into those councils and has added a harder edge to interfacing with the public.

Someone like Common Purpose.

And here. And here.

Our favourite “lead beyond authority” global socialists are masters of the carrot – groupthink, plus subterfuge and illegality – and the stick – strongarm tactics and prosecution. That wheelclamping in Skipton is well known by the councils, themselves inhabiting regions run by the global socialists, e.g. Yorkshire Forward, e.g. the South-West.

If you look at that last link and read the blurb on Simon Moore, then look at the post on Groupthink link above and many other pundits’ work on CP’s tactics in their “leadership beyond authority” programme, at taxpayer expense, then multiply that by every local business association, every council, every regional development organization in this country – you will gain an idea of just how riddled with this cancer our country has become. This is the horror of Tavistock revisited. Just ask Geoff Mulgan:

Common Purpose and Demos link.

And this:

With its purposes now subsumed into Common Purpose, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London was funded into existence in 1946 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

They’re into anything which moves, e.g. the Media Standards Trust [old news but worth looking at again]:

The Media Standards Trust adjudicates on reports and complaints about media bias.

Look at the list of trustees. Sir David Bell (Chairman, Financial Times Group) is also Common Purpose, -( link below). Robert Peston is also Common Purpose, but he wouldn’t want you to know;) The best part is that they share premises with Common Purpose, same rooms, and Common Purpose provides their IT functions.

Represented are, Anthony Salz (Executive Vice Chairman, NM Rothschild) , and Charles Manby (Goldman Sachs) , and best of all, Deputy Chair Julia Middleton (CEO, Common Purpose) .

Orphans of Liberty runs post after post on how the insanity is playing out across the nation and indeed the world. This lot are into everything going, even the hacking scandal. They have officers/graduates in every council in England.

They are ostensibly “there to help”, always immediately available with advice to the local authority, ready to step in and run projects, as in the following [H/T Tim Gaunt via Ian Sumage @CPNorthEast] from the Miliband years:

Among the successful applicants are:- Common Purpose is a project involving a number of independent and maintained schools working with public sector organisations and other local and national businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne to contribute to the teaching of citizenship as part of the school curriculum and to help raise standards in Key Skills. The “Your Turn” programme for 13-14 year olds will give pupils a practical overview of citizenship and an understanding of the decision making process in their city. A series of workshop days will be held on different themes such as Local & National Government decision making, Crime & Justice, Wealth Creation, Education, Housing & Health and the Arts.

We’ve seen the type of “citizenship” or communitarianism peddled by Common Purpose already, many times over. Here’s an innocuous sounding release:

This year, the group has been set the challenge of figuring out what healthcare reforms would make heart surgery possible for only $1,000 USD.

Good stuff eh? Altruistic projects with only the good of the community at heart. Except, as Ken Craggs points out about one of the leader/participants:

Seema Malhotra @commonpurpose is Director of the Fabian Womens Network & former Chair of the Fabian Society.

[Or was at that time] Altruism? Community spirit?

These people are organized, they have the resources of the taxpayer supporting them and the taxpayer is blithely unaware of just who these people are and by what philosophy/ideology they’re operating. “We are legion.” They are everywhere, up and down the country. Even among the people you deal with every day you may have a Common Purpose graduate on your hands. If it’s a key position holder you need to approve something, odds are that it will be one of this legion.

And you gaze at society and see baffling PCist inanities and Draconian solutions and wonder why. That’s a key reason why. I wish I had a pound for every time someone has said: “I had no idea,” “I thought they were a philanthropic organization running leadership courses.”

Even co-author at my site, JD, doesn’t get the whole story. On the clampers post he responded: “Ah yes, privatise everything, better and more efficient services ….. what could possibly go wrong?” Now of course there’s much to the privatization issue and how it was done but what is missing in that response is the role of the PTB behind it, about CP and its inordinate influence in microaffairs of state, in localism. Witterings from Witney is all for localism, a la Hannan/Carswell’s The Plan but what is not mentioned is that CP already has the local communitarianism tied up.

These “people” have it just as tied up as the Americans were tied up in the 50s to 80s [see Jenner and Quigley]. And part of this is fearmongering. A paedophile here, a gunman conveniently appearing there and people are running about half-hysterically, willing to accept any State solution to allay their fears. Meanwhile, the actually fearful thing – the cancer of Common Purpose, spreads around the body politic without even being detected.

That’s where we are and combined with the EU tactics, we’re caught in a giant scissors movement or to switch metaphors, a sheepdogging and coralling.

And almost no one sees it.

9 comments for “Time to wheelclamp Common Purpose

  1. ptbarnumthe2nd
    March 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I think the challenge faced by those who want to make the CP “project” visible is that culturally we are attuned to the notion of corrupt, venal, inept, thuggish, nasty, monomaniacal or just plain old self-interested individuals or small groupings finding their way into positions of power and influence and making the lives of the many more expensive or more miserable or difficult. But the idea that every single institution in the country has been riven through with a bunch of fifth columnists all singing to the same hymn sheet, all reshaping our world, without anyone apparently noticing, is much much harder to accept. It means that either they have been fabulously cleverer and more insidious than any revolution ever known through history, or that we have been far far stupider than any of we so-called intelligent folk would like to even entertain.

    You’ll ascertain from this that I am far from convinced about CP as a successful monolithic presence within this land, although I do not deny the ambitions of its mainstays. I cannot subscribe to the notion that the numpty councillors, petty bureaucrats, string pullers, semi-illiterate teachers, fine issuers and tick boxers of this land have the capacity to see beyond the end of their working week to effect the implementation of thousands of policies and decisions, although I concede they do probably imagine some utopian land where they are demi-gods.

    • March 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      It means that either they have been fabulously cleverer and more insidious than any revolution ever known through history, or that we have been far far stupider than any of we so-called intelligent folk would like to even entertain.

      It’s not a question of intelligence, in fact the less the better – but of organization. CP has most certainly been rolled out, it’s been taxpayer funded and it has graduates in every part of the UK. The Simon Moore reference was just that, as it’s a blogpost. I could have gone to Yorkshire Forward, London, North-East [much material from there], wherever you like. challenge me – tell me a region and I’ll see if I can find CP at work there. It’s certainly in our local council – I know the names of two.

      As for heir nefariousness, this is the frustrating thing. Their training techniques have been written about, quoted, not denied by CP and they seem unashamed. Their motto: “Leading beyond Authority”, is interesting in itself. Whatever can it mean?

      This is not a case of anyone believing it or not – the data is there any time someone wishes to know – it’s way beyond belief/disbelief. It’s simply a case of how to excise them but as you show, ptb, how is that possible if “we so-called intelligent folk” won’t even look and judge before we do?

      When I say the data is there, look at Graham Robert’s FOI request at a local council which I posted all relevant documents for. That request was passed to CP and a decision was made on it. The documentation was there to that effect – it’s in the links above.

      The “little jerk incident” at the Scottish Arts Council where Julia Middleton told 15 administrators in the arts that the arts had to be coordinated was instructive. One asked where her legitimacy was to do that and she referred to him as a little jerk – this is the woman sent by the ODPM – and that the 15 penpushers present were the only ones who’d ever done anything for the arts and that was their “overwhelming legitimacy”. That’s how CP operates.

      We ignore these people at our peril.

      Here’s a database to be going on with, showing how widespread they are:


      In their own words:


      “Wherever Common Purpose operates, you will find leaders doing unusual things; taking responsibility for problems other than their own – at work and in their community – connecting efforts, recognising consequences, asking difficult questions and gathering disparate teams. These leaders are able to build sufficient trust so that people actually change things.

      Sufficient trust to go in and take over an operation by offering to administer it – the CP way. The ideology, as was shown in the post, is from former Marxists, just as with the EU.

      Nothing happening?

      • ptbarnumthe2nd
        March 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        Okay, I obviously need to do some serious reading. And – related to my next point – that’s going to take me a while at the moment, so I’ll ask you if you can point me towards anything specific/suggestive/related to CP and ATOS. I ask this because one of my current major preoccupations, even main occupation is concerned with the antics of ATOS, the French company delivering the Work Capability Assessments to those in receipt of various disablement-related benefits.

        In case anyone is interested, approximately 80% of those assessed are told they are fit for work and denied disablement benefits. On appeal, 60% of those of 80% are overturned (with a current case backlog of 8 months and a need to hire 145 new appeals judges). There have been two dozen suicides known to be directed related to this process (which includes callous and abusive testers, repeated retesting after successful appeal, suspension of all benefits) and a growing body of evidence related to sick, malnourished and grossly impoverishered disabled people subjected to a testing process performed by people who may have no medical background and who have been shown to fabricate the results.

        I, and others, are seeing this as a less than covert form of eugenics (not a means of stopping scroungers), killing off the unfit one way or another through a quasi-judicial process. If your case about CP is as thoroughgoing as you claim, then this would seem to be a logical place to find them operating, no?

        I have a dog in this fight, so I’d be genuinely interested in anything you can point me towards.

  2. mister_choos
    March 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Whether CP is happening as James thinks or not, there is something rotten in this country. The more you look, the worse it gets. It’s like knowing that someone has dropped a turd in your bath, but you don’t realise how big it is. More and more can be seen the as the water slowly drains away.

    • james
      March 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      There’s no “as James thinks or not” to it. This is not a theory, this is documented. Follow the links and look for yourselves.

      I’ve just been in Twitter and tweeted twice, so my tweets work. I then tried to retweet two CP tweets to their members. Twitter told me they were retweeted but they failed to go out to the general public on Twitter.

      This is a transparent organization?

      Now I went ion to tweet on another topic and I can’t send any out. Interesting, huh?

      You may have noticed the one word “james” in the title. What has happened is that my name and email have now been replaced by another, since my last comment. I’m now posting this on someone else’s email.

      Meanwhile, in Twitter, I can send no tweets out at all. I just sent “This is a test” and it wouldn’t tweet.


      • mister_choos
        March 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Believe me I wasn’t belittling your research on CP. I was merely pointing out to ptbarnum that somebody is doing us all over even if he thinks you are wrong in who. From what I have read, CP is to my mind a major player in this. Probably not the only one, but certainly there with there mischief.

        The question is: what do we do to stop it?
        I don’t think there are enough people who care to go the hemp rope route. One of the problems is that leftists are more prone to be activists. They want to intervene and go to meetings and all the bollocks required to move their agenda along. Most normal people just can’t be arsed. They want to live their own lives and be left in peace. That to my mind is how the left have taken over most of the institutions, because that is their personality. Very rarely do non-leftists protest or strike, or try to mould the world to their vision.

        They have a collective mindset and love to form groups to achieve their aims. Trying to form workable groups of people like us of any meaningful size would be like herding cats.

        • March 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

          In fact, herding cats was the name of this blog originally. 🙂

          By the way, I’m still shut out of tweeting. The instant I attempted to retweet CP, Twitter stopped the service to me.

  3. David
    March 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Apologies for repeating the same comment that I put on the Nourishing Obscurity piece but I’m hoping someone knows what’s happening with the the Judas Class website.

    What has happened to Albion Alliance’s ‘Judas Class’ website http://www.judasclass.net?

    This is supposed to be a space where a list of names is uploaded for future trials and prosecutions by a new Court of the People. Nothing seems to be happening and it is a vital resource – or will be when it’s up and running. Does anyone know what is happening with it?

    We need to start naming and shaming these bastards and letting them know that there WILL be a reckoning and they’d better decide who they’re working for – us (the taxpayers) or them (the parasitical political class)!

  4. Ken Craggs
    March 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Common Purpose: Where & when it started

    Common Purpose 20:20 – See list of Speakers & list of graduates (2000) http://web.archive.org/web/20000816025707/http://www.commonpurpose.org.uk/Public/ptwent.htm

    Major Sponsors at local & national level (2000/01)

    Members of Common Purpose forum (2000)

    Common Purpose Charter http://liveweb.archive.org/http://www.commonpurpose.org.uk/about/charter

    For more info re common purpose, see @BetweenMyths & @CPNorthEast on Twitter

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