Demos – a picture’s worth a thousand words


Innocuous, you think? Just a thinktank with a speaker rabbiting on, Cameron a polite listener? Er, far more than that but before getting onto Demos, a word about the blog format.

Blogs are generally for the here and now and once something has slipped off the front page, it’s generally forgotten about.  Bloggers do refer back with links and quotes but it’s safe to say that the main thrust and discussion has had its time.

An example is Common Purpose. That expose had humble beginnings in a few blogs from around 2007, reaching its peak about 2013, when even sceptics were beginning to accept the evil of CP. Many bloggers do run labels in sidebars so anyone can go back and explore but it still doesn’t cut it for a new reader – the reader has to know the enormity of a topic first to even think of exploring that topic in depth.

Plus things move on. CP was a construct which served its time under Julia Middleton but that’s now been channelled into other nasties, e.g. Information Awareness and the seemingly innocuous Internet of all Things.  Though the terminology and stated thrust has changed, it’s still the same people behind it.

So it was a surprise to see Demos raise its ugly head on Twitter two days ago.  Demos was another coming out of the Tavistock factory which had a shelf life, then channelled into other organizations, making the occasional flagship appearance as symposia as in the pic above.

The material below is from three years back and already, Westminster, the GE15 and Corbyn have altered the facade.  They haven’t altered the reality though.


[It] was founded in 1993 by former Marxism Today editor Martin Jacques, and Geoff Mulgan, who became its first director. It was formed in response to what Mulgan, Jacques and others saw as a crisis in politics in Britain, with voter engagement in decline and political institutions unable in their view to adapt to major social changes.

Demos was conceived as a network of networks which could draw together different sources of ideas and expertise to improve public policy.[1]

In the run up to the 1997 UK general election it was seen as being close to the Labour Party, in particular ex-prime minister Tony Blair. It is however, independent of any political party. Geoff Mulgan went on to work inside Downing Street in 1997.  At that time Demos was seen as central to New Labour’s vision for Britain.

It certainly was non party political, in that it was from the ones who ran both parties.  Both parties owed their power to Them and Demos was just an organ of Them, Tavistock, Chatham House.

George Osborne MP Conservative briefs DEMOS pro New Labour fabian think tank (07/09/2008)

Oxford trained George Osborne Conservative is mixed up with DEMOS – the pro Labour fabian think tank. He includes in his speech quote “I’d like to thank Richard Reeves – the new Director of Demos – for hosting this speech. It’s a pleasure to be here at Demos. As his recent Prospect article on the importance of teaching character showed, Richard is a brilliant and creative thinker, who I know will ensure Demos is right at the heart of the policy debate.

Over the past six months, the Conservative Party has been working with Demos on a series of seminars on the post-bureaucratic age, and with Richard in charge, we’re looking forward to strengthening and broadening this relationship in the months ahead”…..unquote Please remember that David Cameron is also in love with fabian think tank Young Foundation also created by Geoff Mulgan creator of DEMOS.

Cameron is also a fan of Common Purpose. We should remember that Julia Middleton is a former DEMOS lady and is connected with Mulgan.

You can’t see a wafer of difference between Cameron’s Tories and Labour, beyond rhetoric and unfulfillable promises they know they can’t fulfil?  No wonder.  This source explored it but is now a few years older and the next paragraph is also outdated in terms of personnel, though not in the reality:

Since the 1997 British general election there have been around 200 Fabian MPs in the House of Commons, some of whom have formed almost entire Labour Cabinets including Gordon Brown, Robin Cook, Jack Straw, David Blunkett, Peter Hain, Patricia Hewitt, John Reid, Ruth Kelly, Alan Milburn and Clare Short.


From one of my commenters on the former blog:

The only difference between Fabian Socialism and Communism is that Communists take your house by directly sending in the “secret police” to knock your  front door down ­ Fabian Socialists do it much more subtly and cleverly ­ by “gradually” taking your individual rights away, by “gradually” increasing  property taxes and rates, and finally, when you can’t pay them, they send  in their regional “council tax inspectors” to take your house away ­  but the end result is the same.

British PM Tony Blair and President George Bush Junior’s globalist  “war on terror” is a classic Fabian Socialist strategy.

The philosophy of the Fabian Society was written in 1887 and included the statement: “The Fabian Society acknowledges the principal tenet of Marxism the abolition of private property etc.” (of course this does not apply to  the elect oligarchy at the top who end up owning the lot!).

Sidney and Beatrice Webb published a book of 1143 pages in defense of  Bolshevism. It was entitled Soviet Communism: A New Civilization.

In April 1952 the Webbs were exposed before a US Senate Committee on  the Judiciary when Soviet Colonel I. M. Bogolepov, a former Red Army officer, stated that the entire text had been prepared by himself in the Soviet  Foreign Office.

The Fabian Society literally controls the European Union.  German-born Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston since  1997, and member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, was one of two House of Commons’ Representatives on the European Convention and a member of the Presidium of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

The Presidium was the drafting body that created the draft Constitution for Europe. In her book, The Making of Europe’s Constitution , published in December 2003 by the Fabian Society, p. 20-21, Gisela wrote:

“In the early months, the Presidium members would meet in a small room in the Justus Lipsius Building some fifteen minute walk from the European Parliament. Attendance was limited to the thirteen members, the Secretary General Sir John Kerr, his deputy and the press officer.

Sir John Kerr, a former Permanent Secretary of the British Foreign Office,  conducted the proceedings inside the Presidium and in the plenary sessions  of the Convention with deft diplomatic skill as might be expected from  someone who John Major called ‘Machiavelli’ in his autobiography.

The best description of his talents I heard was: ‘When Kerr comes up to  you and asks for the time, you wonder why me and why now?’

On several occasions, we would retreat to the Val Duchess ­ a small palace  used by the Belgian foreign minister. It was at one of the dinners at Val  Duchess that the skeleton of the draft constitution was given to members  of the presidium in sealed brown envelopes the weekend before the public presentation.

We were not allowed to take the documents away with us.

Just precisely who drafted the skeleton, and when, is still unclear to me, but I gather much of the work was done by Valery Giscard d’Estaing and Sir John Kerr over the summer.

There was little time for informed discussion, and even less scope for changes to be made.”

Iain Dale wrote of “the dirty past” of Dr John Reid and it’s a good insight into the character of these people:

The full story is HERE. Here’s an extract…

The second incident, shortly before the death of then Labour leader John Smith in 1994, when Mr Reid was Shadow Defence Secretary, was witnessed by several people. One said: “John came lurching up and said to Dawn ‘I want to have sex with you, I want to f*** you, you want it as well.”

Ms Primarolo’s friend and neighbouring Bristol Labour MP Jean Corston intervened and, according to a source, told Mr Reid: “You are a disgusting creature. Get away from her,” adding: “That’s it, I’m going to report him.” Ms Corston, who is now a Baroness, told colleagues she raised the matter with John Smith, commenting: “It won’t be happening again.”

You’ll recall that John Smith conveniently died in 1994, which curiously made way for the two Bilberberger attendees Blair [1993] and Brown [1991].  You can draw your own conclusions about their characters.


On August 9, 2006, British Home Secretary Dr John Reid gave a speech at a Demos conference stating that Britons “may have to modify their notion of freedom”, as a result of his plans, claiming that freedom is “misused and abused by terrorists.”

Demos connection with Common Purpose [which came out of the ODPM – Prescott]?

Julia Middleton: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“Julia Middleton (born in London) is the CEO of Common Purpose UK founded in 1989, and an author. Her works include Beyond Authority: Leadership in a Changing World. As well as being the CEO of Common Purpose UK she is a trustee of the UK training and leadership charity Impetus and a former member of DEMOS.

Julia Middleton was an independent assessor for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and is a trustee of Alfanar and the Media Standards Trust and is also a member of the Shadow National Advisory Board of the UK National Centre for Diversity.”

Examples of Common Purpose in action

Norwich prison released to Common Purpose the name and address of a person who quite legitimately asked them, under the Freedom of Information Act, why the prison was providing offices for Common Purpose, and how much Common Purpose was paying. HMP Norwich had no right to release this information contrary to the Data Protection Act and has had to apologise.

CommonPurpose Instructions to Police is a pdf file of a copy of a letter sent by Common Purpose to the Chief Constable of Fife giving instructions on how to deal with Freedom of Information requests made to him about Common Purpose. Many other Chief Constables would have received similar instructions.

Why is an ‘educational charity’ like Common Purpose giving instructions to police officers about how they should handle Freedom of Information requests made to them about Common Purpose? What is going on?

Quite simple – they are a semi-governmental fake charity and therefore are in a position of influence with other arms of government.  But more than that, government is directly funding CP:

Winston Leonard got down to it on 15 October 2007, at my site, when he cited Derek Twigg, [Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence) Hansard source] in answer to parliamentary questions:

Sums paid to Common Purpose UK in each of the last complete five financial years, inclusive of VAT, are as follows:

Amount (£)
2002-03 56,576.25
2003-04 66,716.50
2004-05 42,958.00
2005-06 58,456.27
2006-07 83,817.89

“These payments covered the cost of participation by MOD staff in Common Purpose UK’s training and education programmes. Programmes of this nature help to develop leadership skills, to gain understanding about broader aspects of government and to share experience with and learn from participants from both the private and public sectors.”

Essentially, this organization is the infrastructure, at regional level to run the EU regions being rolled out after the 2010 General Election.

Back to John Reid.  A nasty piece of work in many minds, he was also heavily involved in G4S:

Out of government but still a serving MP, Reid has been taking £50,000 a year from G4S — the Group 4 Securicor giant.  He has been hosting ‘business breakfasts’, and talking up the scary threats and looming crises —  cyber attacks, pandemics, global warming, energy shortages, mass migration — that spell opportunity to his friends.

G4S — slogan ‘Securing Your World’ — runs prisons, secure training centres and immigration centres including Tinsley House, where last year an asylum seeker who had been forcibly arrested and locked up, let go, arrested and locked up again, got predictably distressed — she was only ten years old — and tried to strangle herself.

They are aggressively expanding the market for intrusive high security kit, touting number plate recognition technology to retailers so they can tell how frequently customers drop by. They’re installing CCTV in schools — giving parents ‘an added sense of security’ — and more cameras in shopping centres, harvesting information about how we shop.  They’re promoting biometrics to help employers catch workers trying to cheat the clock-in system.

Serco was in the game too:

Serco trains RAF helicopter crews, helps run the National Nuclear Laboratory and the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

They sell intelligence systems to law enforcement agencies including the National Crime Squad and the tax-man.

They help police forces connect intelligence with number plate recognition in systems so fast and flexible they can easily adapt to new police powers.

Serco supplies the rising numbers of covert surveillance vehicles that police forces demand, builds and runs prisons and youth offender facilities, monitors electronically tagged offenders, enforces curfews.

They’re running state schools in Bradford, Walsall, Stoke-on-Trent, they’ve got their fingers on 3,500 Sure Start children’s centres.

They provide out-of-hours GP services in Cornwall, employ ‘community matrons’ in Newham, they manage stacks of PFIs and will take more than £250 million from the NHS over the next ten years for pathology services alone.

They’ve got 7000 security-cleared staff working on ‘significant elements’ of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

And guess who has won the freshly privatised cabinet office contract to run the Emergency Planning College at Hawkhills in North Yorkshire? Yes. From Friday, Serco controls the training of the people who would take charge during emergencies and disasters when the Civil Contingencies Act — the one with all those alarming arbitrary powers — kicks in.

How do these people view the upcoming election?

For someone who gets so much business from the UK government, Chris Hyman seems surprisingly unruffled by the election. ‘We have very significant business with local authorities,’ he told CNBC’s business channel earlier this year.

Regionalisation, ‘has gone very well with us.’

And anyway, ‘It’s pretty much, we work for the civil servants really. There’s not much that we do that has to go through Parliament for decisions.’

Two years ago, doctors and lawyers from Medical Justice published a report about [disturbing numbers of injuries to people being moved about by private security companies] — called Outsourcing Abuse.

The government asked former Northern Ireland police ombudsman Dame Nuala O’Loan to make independent inquiries. Reporting last month she said there was, ‘inadequate management of the use of force by the private sector companies’, and made 22 recommendations for change.

The civil servant nominally in charge of the companies is Lin Homer, chief executive of the UK Border Agency. Responding to O’Loan’s criticisms, Homer spoke not a word against her commercial partners. She saved her reproach for the doctors and lawyers who had brought these troubling matters to light. Their offence? ‘Seeking to damage the reputation of our contractors’.

And so it goes, on and on and on and on. It’s been superceded and these days, it’s worth exploring ATOS.

One more quick one:

Janet Paraskeva Senior CP Graduate appointed Chair Child Maintenance and Enforcement (02/09/2008)

Marxism – Labour – Tories – Demos – Common Purpose – Mulgan – NHS – Security Corps – surveillance – EU – Fabian – UK General Election:

Englishman’s comment.

Good material on Common Purpose

UK Column
CP Exposed
Stop CP
Ken Craggs

Some of my own, based on material supplied

Common Purpose – more evidence
Common Purpose dishonesty
An oppressor by any other name
CP – the cancer spreads
OFSTED – the fish rots at the head

Common Purpose at work and play
More than corrupt
Groupthink spreads like a cancer through the UK
Is this how to run a country?
One ring to rule them all
Paradiso and the future of the internet
Demos, Common Purpose, Labour, Tories, security companies
Common Purpose – the disease spreads to the Netherlands
Common Purpose – meanwhile, in America
Groupthink – gentle art of persuasion
Common Purpose – initially to have a coffee
Common Purpose – just the facts, ma’am
Common Purpose – rhetoric of the quisling

References to Common Purpose appear in many other posts.

The bottom line is that just as in the forming of Brussels committees from a “sound” pool of thinking [well-formed outcomes], which then make recommendations which are then processed by the EUC, which are then rubber-stamped by the EP to become anything from directives to recommendations to the member states, the original committees disbanding and slipping back into the shadows, therefore never being responsible for their damage, so it works overall with the project after project which comes together, co-opts enormous resources instantly, has its time during which our opposition grows and just as the writing is on the wall, they metamorphose into something different.

ACORN, Agenda 21, it goes on. The global left Them never stay still, never rest. Their favourite time for moving the agenda forward is when no one’s watching. For example, the illegal Syrian crisis, plus Corbyn, are masking moves in the financial world I’ve just started blogging on again.

They can never be pinned down because by the time sufficient people get their resources together, fighting placed internal opposition along the way, e.g. Peston, the evil muvvers are onto the next thing.  The sudden rise of Krankie and SNP 2.2 coincided with GE15, along with Corbyn’s unions coinciding with the referendum.

All the effort, the nervous energy on our part for years now, the obstinacy and lies of Cameron [Demos], the rise of UKIP, all of it – the EU knew it was unsustainable, knew it would have to eventually fold, except for naive diehards who really believed in the united Europe.  Once the high-ups had lined their pockets and the gravy train had run its course, it was time to get out of it.

The Out vote will therefore become a damp squib, a hollow “victory”. Meanwhile, they’ll be onto the next idea.  Which Club will it spring from?  Club of Rome?  Club of Paris?  Club of Bleeding Utrecht?

Finally, that all-seeing eye in the Demos logo at the top is an insult, it truly is. It knows many of us know and is reassured we’re seen as tinfoil hatters by most in the land, even by our own colleagues, thereby marginalized, it says WTF do you pests think you can do about it when the populace is as thick as pig****, it ignores all the little bloggers such as any below the Guido level of traffic and would have not the least concern about this post at OoL.

There’ve been posts at many blogs, as well as here on symbolism, which is big for these people, as it acts as a signal, gathers the faithful, presages new projects.  Who needs Masonic bleeding handshakes when it’s in plain sight for those who can see?

Almost everyone and his dog now knows about the American dollar, the Phoenix badges and the Phoenix at the London Games ceremonies, they crease with laughter at little people like us pointing these things out and chasing our tails, they feel they’re invulnerable.

7 comments for “Demos – a picture’s worth a thousand words

  1. john in cheshire
    September 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    James, a good reminder for us all.

  2. September 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Restating the obvious, yes, but sometimes we do need to state it again.

  3. Hereward unbowed.
    September 16, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    It is difficult to provide any sort of comment on all of that, sufficed to say – all Britons should be MADE TO REALIZE just what it is they are, lowly men, canon fodder, production & consumer units and as pawns to be directed on a grand chess board.

    Focusing on that weird but very powerful shark one named Kerr, for services rendered the corporate wheels guiding their political minions, deemed Jonny boy was due some ‘financial recognition’ – um if you know what I mean.

    […]He became a Director of Shell Transport and Trading in 2002, and chaired the group of Directors who brought about the creation in 2005 of Royal Dutch Shell plc, of which he was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director until 2012.[2] He was a Director of Rio Tinto from 2003 to 2015. He has been a Director of the Scottish American Investment Trust since 2002, and of Scottish Power Ltd since 2009. He became Deputy Chairman of Scottish Power in 2012[/quote] here:,_Baron_Kerr_of_Kinlochard

    “you scratch my back…………..” At the end of the day, it’s always about power, therein wielding it and not to forget……. MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO one ever elected Kerr. but he made the electorate PAY and PAY again.

  4. Hereward unbowed.
    September 16, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I must have got somehow religion or, I will be up for CaNNon fodder.

  5. Henry Kaye
    September 17, 2015 at 10:14 am

    All of this should be made a compulsory component of each level of the education system. The problem is: who will implement it?

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