One ring to rule them all


I see in the news that the NYSE and the Deutsche Boerse are in merger talks. One ring to rule them all…

“Independently of its misdeeds, the mere power, the bare existence of such a power, is a thing irreconcilable with the nature and spirit of our institutions.” Nicolas Trist, secretary to Andrew Jackson, writing on the privately owned Second Bank of the United States (Schlesinger, The Age of Jackson, p.102)

That people can’t read, can’t hear, can’t get their heads around what is going on is beyond my ability to comprehend.  Going to the other extreme – not the big money power but the nasty people operating at local level – who better to return to than Common Purpose?

Common Purpose, UK, covers its tracks quite well and hardly anything leaks out from their central control but it does leak out in other ways, through the actions of lower echelons.  All potential course attendees are screened – they state as much in their literature – and the type of person they’re looking for appears to be unprincipled, compliant, able to take direction and networked.  Such a person sometimes slips up and makes errors which get picked up by watchdogs, as in the story Graham Roberts brings to us.

I reprint it in its entirety and make no comment:

Date: 4 November 2009 10:19


Dear Ms Milne

On the 12th August I sent Darren Stevens a routine freedom of information request relating to 10k – 1 1/2 day training event that was outsourced to a company that Mr Ratchord works for in his spare time, Common Purpose. Common Purpose also coach Mr Ratchford on how to deal with freedom of information requests.

Mr Stevens eventually sent me the information after about 8 weeks.

I recently discovered that during the handling of my request Mr Stevens thought it was necessary to forward my name in an e mail to four staff members at Common Purpose and Mr Ratchford. Why did Mr Stevens feel it was necessary to copy in 6 other people, including four staff members at Common Purpose ? (see attached document)


The forwarding of personal details during the handling of freedom of information requests (name, home addresses , telephone numbers) has been encouraged by Common Purpose since early 2007. Mr Ratchord’s previous employer London Councils leaked two names to Common Purpose in 2008.

Training charity falls foul of data protection laws

By Paul Jump, Third Sector, 6 October 2009

Information Commissioner Office’s tells complainant it is ‘unlikely’ that Common Purpose has complied with Data Protection Act

I was alarmed and shocked that my personal details had been given without my consent to the third party I was enquiring about. London Borough Of Sutton Council have clearly breached the seventh principle in doing this as the council did not take adequate steps to ensure that my personal data was separated from my freedom of information request before contacting Common Purpose about my request.

Please issue guidance to ALL officers that personal details of requestors should not be leaked to third parties.

Yours Sincerely
Graham Roberts
xxxxxxxxxxxx[removed by James Higham]

They’ve always been accused of NLP and some reports indicate that their technique is:

First of all, a predetermined ‘consensus’ line is promulgated before the group; secondly, notions which conflict with the predetermined ‘consensus’ are dismissively, and perhaps rudely, debunked. In the event that anyone voices ‘dissenting’ views, they are sharply and insultingly criticised, à la Cultural Revolution, and made to look foolish in front of their peers.

This is precisely what Middleton did at the Scottish Arts Council meeting, resulting in her infamous “little jerk” comment about a dissenting voice. There are no beg pardons with Common Purpose. The attendees fall in line because to them, so they think, will come the spoils. They believe they are doing good work, for the good of the country.

They know they are to be catalysts in the spoliation of society because the organization’s tagline is “leading beyond authority”.  Beyond authority.  In other words, when the regular functions of state have broken down.

Common Purpose, U.S.A. seems less capable of covering its tracks and so we have Lisbeth B. Schorr, Director, Project on Effective Interventions at Harvard University writing about* Pathways Mapping, a programme “to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families living in America’s tough neighbourhoods”:

‘Mental mapping is a vehicle for moving well beyond the piecemeal presentation of evidence from diverse bodies of literature and for ensuring the unbiased synthesis of findings that can inform broader discussions of effective strategies. We distinguish claims for which there is strong consensus from those that fail to stimulate any consensus, are drawn from a single program or organization’s experience, or represent an idiosyncratic point of view, and we discard the latter’.


* Lisbeth B Schorr,Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America, New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1997., 482 pp. $27.50.


Good old NLP all along.  Did you catch the “Effective Interventions”? They’re not targetting those above the breadline or normal families. They’re targetting the disadvantaged and those from broken homes, exactly the type of fodder they need to brainwash. There are institutions and genuine philanthropic organizations to cover the disadvantaged. It doesn’t need this monolithic, Themcentric organization coming into a neighbourhood and taking over these people.

I wonder if you see the advantage to CP of an army of problem children.

These muvvers [not the children and families, of course] are out-and-out evil.  This is the 30s again.  Or alternatively – 50s sci-fi:

Like Science Fiction

Take your pick of 50s B movies but this situation is not unlike the plot of one of these.  You know the type of thing – the hero discovers the dastardly plot and takes it to his superior officer who is one of them and the hero is nearly taken.  He stays free for now and can’t convince anyone of what’s happening.

The difference here is that this is not a movie, it is 2011 and it is very real. Jesse made reference to Andy Jackson. For those who don’t know, that was when mobs of people laid siege to the home of Nicholas Biddle, head of the Second Bank of the United States, after it had deliberately destabilized and destroyed the economy. Jackson told the people who were blaming the elected government to go to Nicholas Biddle.

They did.

Do we see the people doing that today? And the reason we don’t is because of the brainwashing, subtle, over generations. But when the bankers are shown for what they are and Dimon has to plead innocence in the past two days, still the people don’t feel angry enough to send a lynch mob. That’s because the people are demoralized and working their butts off or unemployed and afraid to lose their benefits.

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.

5 comments for “One ring to rule them all

  1. Sue
    February 10, 2011 at 09:31

    It’s unbelievable isn’t it? Although, I do think the media is to blame for quite a bit of “misinformation”. Not everyone has time to scour the net as we do to look for other sources.

    At least America still has some brave outspoken people in the media, although most of the time, they are ridiculed.

    Unfortunately, the upgrade from analogue to digital TV gave them control. In the US, local people can still broadcast from their garages etc…

    That’s what we need, a pirate TV station to let people know what is happening.

  2. February 10, 2011 at 09:38

    It’s perhaps significant that the link to the pdf file in the article is unreachable…

  3. February 10, 2011 at 17:13

    More Common Purpose corruption:


  4. February 10, 2011 at 17:17

    “Take your pick of 50s B movies but this situation is not unlike the plot of one of these.”

    That is exactly how I feel. Like being in the Twilight Zone.

  5. February 10, 2011 at 20:57

    If only it could get out more.

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