Does being a Common Purpose graduate mean never resigning for incompetence?

In the news today is Joanna Simons, the lavishly renumerated Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council, whose social services department comprehensively failed to help the young girls who were being systematically raped and pimped out by so called British Pakistanis around the south of England.

Despite the catalogue of failings Oxfordshire Social Services, and even one of the abused girls detailing on radio last night how social services had threatened her family not to make waves when they failed to act to safeguard the girls from the abuse, Joanna Simons refuses to accept responsibility and resign.

Being such a familiar pattern, I wondered if there was another similarity between La Simons and a number of other local authority trough plunderers who it transpired were members of the insiduous organisation, Common Purpose.

Well what do you know!  You could knock me down with a feather.  My flabber is well and truly ghasted.

The pattern continues.  Where there is a fat snout in a publicly funded trough, coupled with a catalogue of failure and incompetence, there is a Common Purpose marxist refusing to be accountable and resign.  Clearly taxpayers should ask for their money back – the leadership development Simons has been through at their expense doesn’t seem to have developed any leadership qualities at all.

7 Responses to “Does being a Common Purpose graduate mean never resigning for incompetence?”


  1. 1 BulloPill 15/05/2013 at 8:37 pm

    Common Purpose appears to be a force for no good at all. I’ve asked our local councils how much they spend on CP courses (using FOI) and they have said that they don’t. Fortunately, here in Worcestershire, the mainly Tory-led councils have steered clear of CP, for the time being. Still time for their zealot employees and officers to change the councillors’ minds, though.

  2. 2 blackswansblog 16/05/2013 at 12:59 pm

    So many of these unrepentant failing officials – like Simons – deserve impeachment. The biggest problem is knowing which one of them to start with!

  3. 3 StrongUnitedKingdom 16/05/2013 at 1:48 pm

    My understanding is that CP exists to continuously promote its agenda and consolidate its power. At no point does that include serving the country, the people or even doing a professional job. Its charitable status and access to free offices in council buildings across the land is a disgrace which will not be addressed by the CP stacked front benches in the HoC.

    Their influence needs to be exposed and then removed entirely from all central and local govt offices. The seeming unending list of people who fail and then get promoted often has its roots in this organisation. Regaining public trust in govt and the civil service depends upon carving this cancer out of the body of the UK.

  4. 4 Brian H 09/06/2013 at 9:45 pm

    Just disambiguate it: Communist Purpose

  5. 5 angeal ellis-jones 17/06/2013 at 8:15 am

    I was very interested to see your piece ‘Does being a Common purpose graduate mean never resigning for incompetence? I have been well aware of the activities of this malign organisaiton for nearly 5 years,and am mystified as to why papers like the Telegraph and the Mail have done little to expose it.While the Mail had a substantial feature on its role around the Leveson Inquiry in November,they have not followed up with information about its influence in other areas.

    Do you have any idea about why this is?

    (Comment moved to this thread by AM)


  1. 1 Incompetence and coverup – where have we seen that before? | Orphans of Liberty Trackback on 16/05/2013 at 7:20 am
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