The usual suspects, a grab for power over the media, and a fetish for our tax pounds

In themselves the articles barely scratch the surface of what is going on behind the scenes, in the shadows where movers and shakers who are virtually unknown to the general public are exerting staggering influence and control over the direction of this country, its politics and its civil service and state broadcaster.

Three articles in the Daily Mail today do however shine a dull light on the ‘usual suspects’ who are known to a small band of folk who try to explain these powerseeker ‘wheels within wheels’ on their blogs and who are often derided as conspiracy theorists for their trouble. It is worth taking a few minutes to read the articles just to get a top surface idea of who’s who in this de facto coup of Britain’s public life. Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3.

The names that have been published, interwoven and incestuous as they are between a cabal of well funded trusts, think tanks, ‘educational’ and campaigning bodies, do now enable a large number of people who usually ignore these things to get a small taste of what is going on in the background.

  • Common Purpose
  • Ofcom
  • Media Standards Trust
  • Hacked Off
  • Demos
  • Social Market Foundation
  • The Leveson Inquiry
  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • Pearson Foundation

And there’s more besides.  All of them entwined and staffed by ex-Labour, BBC and Guardian political animals bent on subverting what remains of our democratic structures and shackling Britain in socialist handcuffs, spreading their creed throughout the media, civil service, the police and business.

While the Mail pieces focus on charitable monies, these organisations also benefit from public cash, both directly, and indirectly through fees, to fund their activities.  And all without so much as a ‘by your leave’ sought from the taxpayer.

Small wonder the focus of the campaigns of these groups has been to crush the Murdoch media empire, attack the Conservative party and its prominent supporters and look to reshape the public landscape in the image of their political ideology – all without a single reference back to the supposedly democratic process or a mandate from a single voter in a ballot box.

Fellow bloggers, please read the articles, get curious, dig deeper, identify more parts of the spider’s web and crowdsource them into public view.  It’s the difference blogging can make.

8 Responses to “The usual suspects, a grab for power over the media, and a fetish for our tax pounds”

  1. 1 New Forester 16/11/2012 at 9:35 am

    Thank you for publishing this. I am fairly new to this and the more I read, the sicker I feel. I have been saying to acquaintances for a while that our children will feel the real impact of Blair. The more I read the more I am sure I am right. The BBC would have us believe that corruption only exists in China!

  2. 2 goodwinw 16/11/2012 at 9:55 am

    Yep, a very deep rabbit hole indeed – and well noted AM – government by unaccountable NGOs.

    For all his faults I think Tony Benn summed it up well:

    “If one meets a powerful person – Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler – one can ask five questions: what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you? Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.”

    I still believe that trying to shut down the supply of money to these organizations is the only power we have – how, I don’t know.

  3. 3 Jeremy Bridges 16/11/2012 at 11:51 am

    Anyway of sending you a private 3mail. I’ve some info on Common Purpose. Not a lot but I think that you might find this interesting.

    Jeremy Bridges

    49 Britannia Court Gardens, Bosham Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 8AG


  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 16/11/2012 at 1:30 pm

    The email address is near the top of the right hand column,Jeremy.

  5. 5 Gareth 17/11/2012 at 10:50 pm

    There is another Mail Common Purpose article here: Leveson Inquiry has momentous implications for free speech. But Mail dossier raises disturbing questions about the influence of ‘people who know best’

    I noted the mention of Richard Sambrook is as follows: “Professor Richard Sambrook, who was the BBC’s Head of News and director of the World Service, is quoted praising Common Purpose on the website. He spoke at a Common Purpose event but has denied being otherwise involved.”

    For easy reference what I believe to be the Sambrook quote should be visible here.

    What neither Sambrook has said nor the Daily Mail has found is that in 2001 Sambrook was a member of the Common Purpose Forum which provided feedback and ideas to the trustees, and in 2002 was a judge for CP’s ‘Alchemist Awards’.

    For another BBC connection here is a Common Purpose case study titled “Olwyn Hocking, Head of Regional and Local Programmes, BBC” which includes amongst many choice sentences:

    “Let me explain a little more about the benefit to our news gathering. They are often not new stories but in the media we have to make judgements about news fairly rapidly and Common Purpose helps us to do this better by giving us a greater range of contacts, a greater awareness of how complex stories might be. It makes our journalism a bit more informed and intelligent and our stories less of a media-reaction.”

    I wonder if those enhanced personal contacts could work to dissuade reporting of a story as much as they might recommend reporting of a story…

  6. 6 Gareth 17/11/2012 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve checked the links and one of them doesn’t work as intended. Sorry about that. To see the Sambrook quote on the Common Purpose HK website click on the ‘Testimonials’ tab on the black bar under the large purple box.

  7. 7 Gareth 17/11/2012 at 11:35 pm

    To add to my previous posts I have found a couple of more instances of Sambrook’s name on the Common Purpose website.

    Here is a member list of the Common Purpose Forum in 2004, with Sambrook still named near the bottom.

    The Common Purpose Forum has chairs of local advisory groups in it. Surely they can afford their own furniture? Anyway, Sambrook was also listed as one of 3 chairs for an un-named Advisory Group but going by some of the others it looks to have been a London group. By the next Web Archive version of that page from a few months later Sambrook had been removed from the list.

  1. 1 Daily Mail exposes how Common Purpose creams it in – Carl | Trackback on 17/11/2012 at 8:04 am
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