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WEB OF DECEIT: Common Purpose and Media Standards Trust Exposed in the National Press Today

November 17, 2012

Disturbing questions over Leveson’s key adviser, Sir David Bell and ‘Common Purpose’: Special Investigation into a central figure in the McAlpine scandal and judicial inquiry into the press

– Sir David Bell’s suitability as senior adviser to Leveson Inquiry under scrutiny
– Sir David is a trustee of the tarnished Bureau of Investigative Journalism
– BIJ behind the disgraced Newsnight probe that implicated Lord McAlpine

By Micheal Seamark and Sam Greenhill
Mail Online

What is Common Purpose? Ask David Bell…

Sir David Bell is on the six-strong panel of assessors assisting Lord Justice Leveson, whose report into press standards is expected within weeks.

But a Daily Mail investigation has uncovered evidence that questions both his suitability as an adviser and the impact this may have had on the objectivity and neutrality of the Inquiry.

Sir David is a trustee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the group behind the disastrous Newsnight report that falsely implicated Lord McAlpine as a paedophile.

With his lawyers preparing to sue the BIJ for damages, the former Tory Party treasurer yesterday described the devastating impact on him of the programme that has left the BBC in crisis, with the resignation of its director general.

The 70-year-old spoke of how the shattering allegations had consigned him ‘to the lowest circle of hell’ and said it had made him ‘a figure of public hatred’. The BBC last night agreed to pay Lord McAlpine £185,000 plus legal costs.

This was followed by a grudging apology from the BIJ, which read: ‘The bureau’s trustees apologise to Lord McAlpine for the extent to which its contribution to the Newsnight broadcast on 2 November fell short of the high standards it expects and for any incorrect speculation about the identity of the politician that may have been encouraged by the bureau managing editor’s tweet in advance of the broadcast.’

At the Leveson Inquiry, the BIJ, which bragged it was the gold standard of investigative journalism, proposed a media levy that would force newspapers to fund groups such as itself.

As well as the bureau, Sir David is co-founder of the Media Standards Trust, the lobby group behind a huge amount of evidence presented to the Leveson inquiry.

The Trust, which Sir David chaired until recently, subsequently spawned Hacked Off – the campaign group demanding press reform fronted by actor Hugh Grant and comedian Steve Coogan – which has boasted of its role in considerably expanding the Inquiry’s original remit.

Julia Middleton: Heading what some describe as a ‘cult’ – Common Purpose.

Sir David’s friend and Trust co-founder is Julia Middleton with whom he heads an organisation called Common Purpose which receives millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money from public servants sent on ‘leadership’ training courses. It is described as the Left’s answer to the old boys’ network.

Two more of Leveson’s panel of advisers, ex-Ofcom chairman Lord Currie and Sir Paul Scott-Lee, ex-chief constable of West Midlands Police, have indirect connections with Common Purpose.

The Mail investigation has uncovered an incestuous network of political, business and financial links between Sir David, ex-chairman of the Financial Times, and individuals and organisations appearing before the Inquiry to demand statutory press regulation. It reveals:

  • Many of the witnesses who provided the most hostile anti-press evidence to Leveson are linked to senior figures at Hacked Off and the Media Standards Trust;
  • Significant funding for the Trust comes from a charitable trust of which Sir David is a trustee;
  • The Trust has links with Ofcom, the statutory media regulator which some suspect has ambitions to regulate Britain’s free press;
  • Despite being formed by the Trust, which is campaigning for ‘transparency and accountability in the news’, Hacked Off refuses to detail the source of its own funding;
  • The ‘prestigious’ Trust-administered Orwell Prize for political writing was handed to a journalist who turned out to have made up his ‘award-winning’ articles;
  • Common Purpose is ‘likely’ to have breached the Data Protection Act – the charge levelled at the Leveson Inquiry against virtually all newspapers;
  • It has strong links with powerful and controversial lobby and PR groups;
  • Common Purpose ‘leaders’ have had a significant influence on the appointments process in Whitehall.

Tory MP Philip Davies, who sits on the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, said: ‘This is about a lot of people of dubious intentions setting up organisations to push their own opinions and inveigle their way into positions of influence. They are simply promoting their own ideological agenda in a surreptitious manner.

‘It makes you wonder, if we had statutory regulation of the press, just who would be sitting on such a body.’

Common Purpose, which once shared the same headquarters as the Media Standards Trust, charges up to £5,000 for a week-long course and claims more than 35,000 have ‘graduated’ in the UK and worldwide.

Who is behind ‘Common Purpose’?

The BBC spent more than £126,000 in a five-year period on its courses. Among senior police officer ‘graduates’ of Common Purpose is Cressida Dick, the Scotland Yard commander in charge of the bungled operation that ended with the 2005 shooting of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.

It was Miss Dick who personally chose Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers to head the investigation into phone-hacking and payments to police and public officials at News International.

Another lucrative connection between the police and Common Purpose involves the West Midlands Force.

The force sent 27 West Midlands officers, including one assistant chief constable, on Common Purpose courses under Sir Paul Scott-Lee’s leadership.

New Labour peer Lord Currie was the first chairman of Ofcom and the media regulator also sent people on the courses.

Two of his board members have been involved with either the Media Standards Trust or Hacked Off.

The Mail sent detailed questions to Sir David, Lord Currie and Sir Paul but none replied.

The Leveson Inquiry issued a statement on their behalf, saying: ‘Before the assessors were formally appointed to their role they were each asked to declare any issues they felt might cause a conflict to arise with their position on the Inquiry.

‘As part of that process, each assessor discussed those matters with Lord Justice Leveson and provided a written declaration accordingly.

‘He was satisfied then that there was nothing in their disclosures which caused him concern or justified any of them not taking up this role.’

Common Purpose chief executive Miss Middleton said: ‘I am proud of my private and personal association with the Media Standards Trust, started by many people in response to widespread feelings that increased transparency in the media should be encouraged.’

She said none of the organisations she was connected with had a role in selecting the assessors.



Establishment Getting Desperate: ‘Gov’t black-ops must be more transparent’

November 2, 2012

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

It seems that the alternative media is winning the hearts and minds of the public, and critical thinking is on the rebound.

This is evidenced by the establishment’s latest panick episode, led by UK social engineering and gatekeeper organisation, Demos (calling themselves a ‘think tank’) who, we are told, are very, very concerned about those ‘conspiracy theorists’. Demos and their ilk, are running out of bullets.

According to Demos, the public’s awareness of false flag attacks and other destructive black operations – is ‘dangerous’. Make no mistake about it, they’re panicking.

Demos are now afraid that too many people are waking up to what most people outside of the the US and British information prisons already know – that both 7/7 and 9/11 were inside jobs, orchestrated by elements within the state structure and other foreign bodies – executed in order to align public opinion with various hard-sell state and globalist agendas, like the global war on terror. And to the victor goes the spoils.

Demos change agent, Jamie Bartlett, making sure we think the right thoughts, express the right ideas.

The reality in 2012 is that social nudging organisations like Demos are so hamstrung by their own narrow band of dialogue, that any desperate social gate-keeping or thought police initiatives are immediately visible to the adult public as a vain attempt by a confused establishment to sell a bankrupt version of reality. That’s why Demos are focusing more and more children, a much easier medium to mould mentally.

Collectivist and socially subversive outfits like Demos and Common Purpose, along with The Royal United Services Institute, are now working overtime to pump-up the mythology of a new, growing threat – apparently, thousands of home-grown, ‘domestic terrorists’. A number of persons will naturally be considered domestic terrorists today – truth activists, angry child abuse activists, G20 protestors, labour union strikers, suffrage protestors, slave revolts, veterans against the wars, whistleblowers, free speech activists and parents who home school their kids. Now can you get a picture Demos is trying to paint for our Brave New World.

They’re trying like hell to sell one version of reality to the public, and asking us to ignore all the evidence opposing, as well as the countless discrepancies within – the official explanations we are force-fed.

What they mean here is that basically anyone who subscribes what Demos and others deem to be ‘conspiracy theories’, or anyone who dares challenge the might of the state – is dangerous to the state.

So, the object of this game is that the state will have the monopoly on conspiracy theories in the future.

The secret services must become more transparent if they are to halt the spread of damaging conspiracy theories…”

Ian R. Crane’s response to the Demos social gatekeepers

The UK already has thousands of government agencies, as well as dozens of ‘security’ and intelligence agencies, some of which are even spying on each other. To think that any of these would embrace transparency is a bit of a joke.

The whole concept of transparency goes against the definition of secrecy. We can’t even lift D-Notices on paedophiles in government shielded by Tony Blair from 2003, or FOA requests on David Kelly and so many others, how can anyone really expect the security services to be ‘more transparent’? It’s a massive joke.

If they go ‘transparent’, it will be Hollywood-style, or it will simply be disinformation.

In fact, the discourse is so thin in their argument, that one can only deduce that the prime function of the Demos-sponsored article below is an attempt to manage the public’s perception of events like 7/7 and 9/11, clearly a losing battle in face of so much damning evidence. In the end, that’s what Demos is being paid to do.

See for yourself how the social engineers are currently working in Britain…

Secret services ‘must be made more transparent’

Rachel Shields

The secret services must become more transparent if they are to halt the spread of damaging conspiracy theories and increase trust in the Government, claims a leading think tank.

Demos, a thought police targeting children in schools. Notice the logo.

A Demos report published today, The Power of Unreason, argues that secrecy surrounding the investigation of events such as the 9/11 New York attacks and the 7/7 bombings in London merely adds weight to unsubstantiated claims that they were “inside jobs”.

It warns of the dangers posed by conspiracy theories – from hindering counter-terrorism work by reducing public trust in the Government, to encouraging new alliances between extremists based on such theories – and recommends the Government fight back by infiltrating internet sites to dispute these theories.

Gov’t photoshopped 7/7 bombers in to make their fake case.

Jamie Bartlett, the author of the report, said: “Less-secret services could make Britain safer. The more open the Government is, the harder it is for extremist groups to make stories out of silence.”

The Royal United Services Institute warned last week that the UK may soon face a new wave of home-grown terrorists, when criminals who have been targeted by jihadists while in prison are released.

Demos also recommends that the National Security Council publish an annual report of its proceedings and that it makes details of counter-terrorism investigations available to selected individuals.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The Government has prepared the groundwork in being more open by having a review of counter-terrorism powers.”

Source: The Independent

‘Common Purpose’ Now Infects Libya

October 24, 2012

By Maha Ellawati

Almost a thousand Libyans have so far attended courses designed to help them better understand the working of civil society in a democracy.

So far, 26 courses and workshops have been run in Tripoli, Benghazi, Al Beida, Derna and Misrata by UK-based charity Common Purpose. Project Manager, Australian-born Nacho Galvez, told Libya Herald that the European Union (EU) founded the project “to respond to early Libyan requests for support with training on leadership and managerial skills.”

The objective of Common Purpose in Libya said  Galvez: “Is to build up the management and leadership capacities of leaders and managers within the emerging interim institutions and civil society in Libya, so that they are able to meet the challenges of a society in transition”.

Some workshops were specifically designed for young people between the ages of 20 and 35 who wanted to become effective leaders in their communities. In the run-up to the elections, courses for ‘Young Leaders’ focussed on raising younger people’s awareness of the electoral process. Galvez said participants, worked on campaigns to ensure that Libya’s younger generation were well-informed and engaged with the elections.

“They produced ideas and action plans to ensure maximum participation. As a result of the course, many participants have been developing projects to help their communities,” Galvez said. He added: “Some participants set up ‘Bokra,’ a youth engagement charity, while others organised a radio campaign to encourage people to vote.”

Other training programmes have been aimed at women, such as a ‘Women Leaders’ course in Misrata in June this year, which attracted 27 attendees. Galvez said that the course explored ways women could be effective leaders, as well as offering an opportunity for confidence-building and peer-networking.

“Participants came with ideas and projects and the course gave them the opportunity to explore and identify ways in which to move these forward,” he added. Examples included developing plans to create a women’s club, an entrepreneurial hub, as well as  looking at the regeneration of MIsrata. Galvez explained: “Through this course, the participants developed a peer support group and felt better-equipped to contribute positively to Misrata’s future.”

Since Common Purpose in Libya was established, it has worked with people from numerous organisations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, AGOCO, the Libyan Red Crescent and the Voice of Libyan Women. Galvaz added that Common Purpose is also working closely with key actors in the emerging civil society and public service in Libya.

Since the start of the project in July 2011, 968 Libyans have attended courses and workshops and Galvez said that participants all agreed that the course or workshop they had attended was “good value for their time.”

Common Purpose is a UK-based Charity, established in 1989, which runs leadership development programmes. It delivers its leadership programmes in 46 cities across 18 countries.

Source: Libya Herald

The Ben Fellows Radio Show with guest Patrick Henningsen

October 3, 2012

Great conversation as Ben Fellows welcomes guest Patrick Henningsen from the 21st Century Wire, covering a range of topics including the media, online gaming, society, Common Purpose, the EU, Middle East developments and the online information revolution.