Demos, Common Purpose, Labour, Tories, security companies …


[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.

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.  Here’s a good source.

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.

James Higham himself is an ex-Fabian, a paid-up member at university, sometime before he grew up.

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’s 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 is 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.  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.

10 comments for “Demos, Common Purpose, Labour, Tories, security companies …

  1. April 14, 2010 at 15:05

    Which is why I have been saying, no sitting MP to be re-elected.

    Perhaps should add.

    No-one from the big 3 parties should be elected.

    Send the wank*ers a message!

    So what’s left? BNP and UKIP?

    Signed H Tuttle.

    (I preferred Heat) 🙂

  2. April 14, 2010 at 18:27

    With the general election campaign underway, here are some ideas for questions to ask candidates about Common Purpose:

  3. April 14, 2010 at 21:02

    Funny old thing that… Serco were one of the original partners who won the Defence Training Review contract (the privatisation of Defence training and the move to St Athan). The website has become so confusing I can’t tell if they still are or not!

  4. Ken
    April 28, 2010 at 14:58

    Leaders with a Common Purpose

    On 6 February 2002, the official website of the UK Prime Minister announced, “Dame Rennie Fritchie re-appointed as Commissioner for Public Appointments.”

    In the following minutes (Number: 716), dated 23 May 2002, Julia Middleton, CEO of Common Purpose, states that she is working for Dame Rennie.
    This gives Julia Middleton a great deal of influence not only as an assessor, but also to ensure that once assessed by herself or colleagues, suitable Common Purpose graduates and/or trainees are appointed to key leadership positions in the public sector throughout the UK.

    Excerpt from minutes:
    716. Chairman: “Who are you working for?”

    (Ms Middleton) “Now, Dame Rennie; before, I have no idea who I was working for.”


  5. April 28, 2010 at 16:21

    Bloody hell – I’ll run that as a post.

  6. Ken
    May 4, 2010 at 15:47

    Thanks for accepting my comments and I look forward to your post!

    ClimateGate: As you are aware, the Climate Research Unit (CRU) from where e-mails were hacked/leaked is situated at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Brandon Gough, the Chancellor of the UEA used to be Chair of The Common Purpose Charitable Trust – see last paragraph.

    Readers of your blog may also be interested in some other subjects I’ve written about.

    I also post on Twitter @BetweenMyths

  7. May 4, 2010 at 16:10

    Still gathering on this one, Ken but a post is most certainly coming. It needs me to go back to all sources I had and now have and collate them. Big job – maybe the weekend.

  8. Ken
    May 5, 2010 at 15:42

    James, this is the article I put together on Common Purpose. You may find a lot of the links a useful source of info.

    You may also want to read the annotation I added to this link especially the parts regarding the Lisbon Treaty and the use of Henry VIII Powers

  9. May 5, 2010 at 15:51

    Thanks for that – I’m going to need them. This is a weekend job, begun Friday.

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