If you haven’t yet heard of ‘Common Purpose’, you are not alone. Unless you are one of its leaders or those involved in its programmes it is unlikely that you will have heard more than a whisper in the corner about what is, in fact, a very sinister political cult. There has been no advertising, no discussions of it in the media, yet it began in Britain more than twenty five years ago and has now spread to many other countries.

Like all cults, Common Purpose seems to have a laudable aim and it is put forward as an educational charity (No. 1023384), there to train leaders of the future.

According to its Charter there is now an ‘unhealthy space’ between the citizen and the state which the organisers of Common Purpose aim to fill:

          ‘…with as many people as possible … and to give them the knowledge, inspiration and networks they need to be effective.’

They want to

          ‘…create a common educational experience within and across many countries.’

However, they say that Common Purpose

           ‘…remains independent and non-aligned’ and they always work ‘…for the greater good’.

Read the headings to their Charterquicklyand Common Purpose might seem a great idea. After all, with the mess that the world is in at present, doesn’t it need good leaders? But read again slowly, read the intention behind the words.

Give them the knowledge, inspiration and networks…’, ’..Common educational experience…

In other words, working to the same rules

          ‘Remains independent and non-aligned.

Or, like the EU, forget the nation state, work together in one state. Above all, the leaders are going to act:

          ’for the greater good’

A rather frightening expression. They will act for the greater good — whether the rest of us like it or not. And the Charter has yet another, extremely worrying design. They say:

          ‘We develop leaders who can… lead beyond their authority’.

Now, what exactly does that mean? If it means anything at all, it means that those who have been trained by Common Purpose as leaders should go above and beyond their own superiors in whatever situation they are working.  As it says in one of the Common Purpose brochures…’Your Success Our Impact’, and:

          ‘Wherever Common Purpose operates, you will find leaders doing unusual things;  taking responsibility for problems other than their own  —  at work and in the community.’

It seems inevitable that these leaders of Common Purpose will join with other leaders, of all ages and diverse backgrounds, who are acting ‘above and beyond’ their superiors to carry out what they have been taught during the programmes.

They are also ‘committed to looking for leaders in unexpected places’ and then exposing them to the information and perspectives they need to be more effective. In the process, they meet new people:

…who may not view the world in the same way.’

So, despite a statement in their Charter that:

diversity underpins everything we do,’

People must view the world in ways that Common Purpose feels are the correct ways. Or, one assumes, they will – as in all cults – either be persuaded or excluded.

And, as with all cults, they obviously believe in catching their quarry early since there is even a Leadership programme for thirteen year olds. (Shades of the Nazi Youth.)

Additionally, according to their ‘Ethos’, all their meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule.This Rule is, they say, used throughout the world to aid free discussion…  But it also means that whatever is said during a meeting is hidden behind a wall of great secrecy.

So, who is in this very secretive organisation?

The official founder (in 1988) and Chief Executive of Common Purpose is Julia Middleton, at one time the Head of Personnel Selection in the office of John Prescott (recently brought back into Labour frontline politics) who was the man with responsibility for creating ’regional assemblies’ around the United Kingdom.  Although this attempt failed at the time, these assemblies are part of the eventual plan to abolish nation states and create a common European State.

Throughout Britain Common Purpose already has over 20,000 leaders and 80,000 trainees culled from influential sections of society such as the NHS, the BBC, the police, the legal profession, many of Britain’s 7000 quangos, local councils the Civil Service, government ministries and Parliament. Take a look at this website to read more, and to search a database of pre-2005 graduates names and appointments. On the “Graduates” page, why not try searching for Name = ‘Bashir’ for instance.

And now, through Common Purpose International it has programmes running or in development in the following countries: France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.

What is the aim of this Common Purpose Cult? If you read through their website, looking behind the very flowery, cutting-edge jargon, it will become obvious.

The ultimate aim of Common Purpose is for a post-democratic, totalitarian One World Government.

But for those who might think a world run by the trained Great and Good might not be such a bad idea even it was totalitarian, here is a warning:  It would not necessarily be a moral world because many of the people caught up in the recent sex scandals in Rotherham, whether members of the Council, Social Services or Local Police, are either graduates of Common Purpose or involved in some way with this sinister political cult.

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