Common Purpose – Pickles’ Opinion

Pickles tells councils to stop spending on Common Purpose

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250616/Town-hall-cash-wasted-leadership-training-Minister-attacks-taxpayer-spending-Common-Purpose-courses.html#ixzz2FYThEMxk

Eric Pickles tells councils to stop spending money on expensive leadership courses

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, has called for councils to stop spending money on expensive leadership courses at a time when frontline services are stretched.

The advice was contained in a booklet, 50 Ways to Save, which features ideas from Mr Pickles on how to make deeper cuts without affecting public services, a newspaper reported.

It singled out courses run by Common Purpose, a charity which encourages networking among its graduates and has been described by critics as “the Left’s version of the old boys’ network”.

http://www.libdemvoice.org/eric-pickles-50-moneysaving-ideas-show-that-he-has-no-idea-about-local-government-32302.html

It’s also coupled with various items of had-right Tory political dogma that seems to believe councils are wasting fortunes on bottled water, Common Purpose and trade unions.

http://www.yourthurrock.com/2012/12/26/eric-pickles-says-there-may-be-50-ways-to-leave-thurrock-council-in-better-financial-health/

Eric Pickles says: “There may be 50 ways to leave Thurrock Council….in better financial health

THE secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles has published a paper with 50 suggestions as to how local councils, such as Thurrock can save money.
28. End expensive ’leadership’ courses: Councils could review spending money on sending staff and councillors to expensive “leadership” training courses, such as Common Purpose. Such training courses can often run into tens of thousands of pounds.

http://www.truthmediatv.org/2012/12/the-truth-about-common-purpose.html

Town hall cash wasted on ‘leadership training’: Minister attacks taxpayer spending on Common Purpose courses
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to spend less on the organisation
Minister also launches booklet called ’50 Ways To Save’

‘Town halls should stop spending a fortune on expensive leadership training courses run by groups such as Common Purpose, Eric Pickles has said.

Common Purpose – Benign or Dangerous?

There were two events last year that brought to our attention an organisation called Common Purpose.

The first was the selection of Sarah Champion, a Common Purpose Graduate, as the labour candidate and later winner of the Rotherham by-election. The other was the UKIP Fostering revelations, where Common Purpose views seem to have informed decision making.

Rotherham is also blessed to have at least one other graduate, in the shape of Mahroof Hussain, are there more? We should be told.

Common Purpose’s website is an attractive one, but devoid of any real substance or information about them. They are registered as a charity and the Charity Commission returns these registrations:

Registered Number Charity name
1056573 COMMON PURPOSE INTERNATIONAL Registered
1023384-1 COMMON PURPOSE UK Linked charity
801100 THE COMMON PURPOSE CHARITABLE TRUST Removed
1023384 THE COMMON PURPOSE CHARITABLE TRUST Registered

Readers should check them out.

Common Purpose also has many critics, principal among these, Common Purpose Exposed. Common Purpose Exposed has an altogether different view, I quote:

Common Purpose is a political charity using Behavioural Modification

“Common Purpose (CP) is a Charity, based in Great Britain, which creates ‘Future Leaders’ of society. CP selects individuals and ‘trains’ them to learn how society works, who ‘pulls the levers of power’ and how CP ‘graduates’ can use this knowledge to lead ‘Outside Authority’.

Children, teenagers and adults have their prejudices removed. Graduates are ‘empowered’ to become ‘Leaders’ and work in ‘partnership’ with other CP graduates. CP claims to have trained some 30,000 adult graduates in UK and changed the lives of some 80,000 people, including schoolchildren and young people.

But evidence shows that Common Purpose is rather more than a Charity ‘empowering’ people and communities’. In fact, CP is an elitest pro-EU political organisation helping to replace democracy in UK, and worldwide, with CP chosen ‘elite’ leaders. In truth, their hidden networks and political objectives are undermining and destroying our democratic society and are threatening ‘free will’ in adults, teenagers and children. Their work is funded by public money and big business, including international banks.”

There is much to read and study before a balanced view can be developed, Rothpol would be very interested in readers views and conclusions and all the usual routes are open and functioning for readers to give us their opinions.

Cllr Husssain does know the people at PAK very well!

Hi Riki,
Is this Cllr Mahroof Hussain featured in this PAK supermarket
Rotherham Youtube video? 10 seconds in? Does he know the owner?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBkcG7PGg1I

So Cllr Husssain does know the people at PAK very well!

http://www.mahroofhussain.org/news/133-rotherham-councillor-shows-
support-to-rotherham-hospital-charity

Surely questions have to be asked about this scheme and who
benefits from ratepayers money? As well as why PAK was chosen and
what part Cllr Hussain has played in PAK gaining the sole
participatory rights?

A curious citizen.

Yvonne Ridley – time to step up to the plate!

If there was any wrongdoing by Respect, Labour would have reported it, like a rat up a drain pipe.

What I would like to know is if Rothpol has any documentation it would care to share or compare with the growing file I now have in my possession.

And if anyone reading this has been subjected to intimidation, fear or bullying because they showed support to Respect I would urge them to contact me immediately.

I can protect your identities but unless you come forward the thugs, bullies, corrupt and convicted criminals who think they run the town hall will continue to make your lives a misery. They are not above the law, nor do some senior police officers in the South Yorkshire Force give them unconditional support they think they have … quite the reverse.

At this stage I also want to point out that Sarah Champion, as far as I am aware, was not aware of the dirty tricks which propped up her campaign but she would be wise to distance herself from those odious, corrupt individuals whose bonds are now beginning to crumble.

The noose is closing but now is the time to step up to the plate and take me in to your confidence. Let me remind you of the possible consequences of the campaign directed against Respect: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/05/phil-woolas-ejected-parliament-election

Yvonne Ridley

In answer to Yvonne’s question to Rothpol, of course we are prepared to cooperate with your enquiries with the caveat, that identities I have undertaken to protect, will remain protected.

Rotherham By-Election Full Result

Rotherham By-Election 29th November Full Results:

Name Description Vote % Vote Share
M Beckett LibDem 451 2.1
C Bristow EDL 29 0.1
S Champion Lab 9966 46.5
J Collins UKIP 4648 21.7
S Copley Ind 582 2.7
P Dickson Ind 51 0.2
R Dyson TUSC 281 1.3
M Guest BNP 1804 8.4
Y Ridley Respect 1778 8.3
D Wildgoose ED 703 3.3
S Wilson Con 1157 5.4
Total 21450
Turnout 34.0%
Ballot papers issued 21496
Spoilt Papers 46
Electorate 63420

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Rotherham By-Election – Polling Stations now closed!

Something to keep you entertained while we wait.

The last vote has been cast. The Polling Stations are now closed! The candidates and their agents along with their counting agents are assembling at Magna for the count. The ballot boxes are on their way to be opened, verified and counted.

The result is expected around midnight to one am. Shouldn’t take long, turnout is reported to be very low. There could well be recounts on the cards, most likely to confirm deposits lost, rather that the result itself. But you never know! Result should appear on this page of the councils website: UK Parliamentary By-Election for Rotherham Constituency. BBC news channel will have the declaration live, that will be fun.

Many thanks to all of you who have popped into Rotherham Politics, contributed or commented, during recent weeks, hope you pass by this way again.

Whom so ever is elected tonight, Rotherham Politics and it’s readers, will be there to scrutinise what they do, or not do, in the ‘name of the people’. As an example, the recent readership figures, show hits have now exceeded by far, the number of voters that make up the entire electorate of Rotherham constituency, during this short campaign. Politics is going on line, even in Rotherham it would appear?

We believe that the labour party must deal decisively with it’s own internal problems now and clean it up! At the moment, cesspit would be an apt word to describe the murky world of labour politics in Rotherham! I know Jahangir Akhtar doesn’t like the term, but when Michael Elmer first coined the term ‘scum labour’, to sum up the labour party in Rotherham it seemed, so appropriate!

Some news just in, that perhaps presages the future, for some senior council employees:

“Council Gossip – Corporate Management Team (CMT) has already lost Andrew Bedford and do not want to loose Joyce Thacker.  They are waiting to see the outcome
of today’s election – if Labour do well (even a win by 13 votes – well a win is a win) she will stay but if the rosette stops fluttering she and others will go. The politicians will sacrifice her to cover their own backs, so nothing new there.”

Results supplied by Anonymous:

Sarah Champion (Labour) 9866
Jane Collins (UKIP) 4648
Marlene Guest (BNP) 1804
Yvonne Ridley (Respect) 1778
Simon Wilson (Con) 1157
David Wildgoose (Eng Dem) 703
Simon Copley (Ind) 582
Michael Beckett (Lib Dem) 451
Ralph Dyson (TUSC) 261
Paul Dickson (Ind) 51
Clint Bristow (no descripton) 29

Rotherham By-Election Day!

Excitement at last! Heard that UKIP has been involved in an altercation, labour says they are not involved! Continues in comments.

The Rotherham Star has this today, By-election candidate’s criminal past, oh dear!

Guido Fawkes, the notorious right wing blogger, has tried to talk up UKIP’s chances from London! UKIP are not a party Rotherham voters will vote for in large numbers! Doubling their vote would put them on 12-14%, no where enough to pose a significant challenge to labour’s hapless and hopeless candidate, whose sole selling point is Bluebell Wood and that’s all!

UKIP also seem to have a supporter determined to have their say:

“Whilst you are all fretting over the Rotherham election result tens if not hundreds of thousands of Rumanians and Bulgarians are busy booking their tickets to the UK in 2013. Where they will be instantly entitled to FREE health care , education housing benefit family allowance and unemployment benefits all paid for by you the tax payer.
So think before you vote LIBLABCON why you should pay for all this and consider voting UKIP”

Rotherham voters will not be seduced in to voting for these petty ‘little Englanders’!

Neither will they have forgotten this:

Rotherham Politics – BNP & UKIP Two sides of the same coin?

Posted on May 10, 2012 by

During election periods Rotherham Politics is remarkably free of mentions of the BNP and BNP-Light, known to local voters as UKIP. This is to ensure that we don’t assist them by giving them publicity, all be it, of a negative … Continue reading →

Full candidate list:

Michael Beckett Liberal Democrat
Clint Bristow Independent (EDL)
Sara Champion Labour
Jane Collins UKIP
Simon Copley Independent
Paul Dickson Independent
Ralph Dyson TUSC
Marlene Guest BNP
Yvonne Ridley Respect
David Wildgoose English Democrats
Simon Wilson Conservatives

If you haven’t voted for your chosen candidate yet, advise you vote soon it’s already getting very cold out there!

The Rotherham labour selection omnishambles makes in into Private Eye, bring it to readers as soon as I get the scanner out!

Labour – falling apart as we look on?

A RikiLeaks source has provide this interesting insight into the disarray at the heart of Rotherham labour, it begins:

Here is the latest desperate begging letter from Rotherham Labour’s
John Healey.

This has obviously fallen on deaf ears as did the last six sent by
other party big wigs. They can get on the ground and do the dirty
work themselves. The strange thing is he still sounds as though the
media have got it all wrong and his Labour Party has no
relationship with the Labour Council! Desperate, deluded and
hopefully defeated.

“Dear friend

Tomorrow’s polling day – for Rotherham’s new MP

This has been a short and intense campaign, after a very difficult
selection process and with negative media coverage about Rotherham.
Everyone involved in the campaign has worked really hard to make
sure we keep Rotherham Labour and stop the other parties from
creating divisions within our town. I’ve spent almost all of the
last two weeks out on the campaign trail with Sarah, and she’s
worked harder than anyone to take people with her.

We need one last push to get out Labour’s vote. And I’m emailing
tonight to ask for your help tomorrow.

We’ve got four different campaign centres operating tomorrow
covering all the wards of the constituency – they’ll all be open
from 7am till 10pm, so please head to your most local one and lend
a hand for as little or as much time as you can.

From John Healey”

Election Day Coverage Starts Early

Rotherham Politics readers will be interested in this insightful piece, which we hope the source intended for publication, we are grateful to you.

“As a Rotherham resident I am appalled that my taxes contribute towards paying some council workers/politicians who have no moral compass. I have had the unfortunate pleasure of working for some of these unscrupulous characters who collude in a joint pact of turning a blind eye. It’ s why we have some of the highest paid politicians and senior council officers even though we are one of the most deprived boroughs in the country.

The foster-gate scandal from my experience will lead to no insightful investigation; the very senior teams and politicians are specialists in cover-up. They will cover their tracks without morally flinching about the impact they have had on three young children and their foster parents.

I used to call them Orwellian Wizards – they develop a myth, they find and twist the evidence which supports their myth and shockingly in unison they spout out a version of reality that never happened. Amazingly they believe their own lie which becomes the evident truth – in trying to convince others they convinced themselves.  

This ability is only matched by their desperate desire to collect awards, which completes the circle – outside adulation proves they are the best, never mind the experience of local people. There are many examples I could share but one that comes to mind (and most relevant to multiculturalism) is their eagerness to be the first Council to gain Excellent in equalities (yes the irony) and guess what, these overpaid corrupt Orwellian Wizards achieved this.

I am only attacking some of the higher levels of leadership; huge amounts of the council’s workforce are decent and committed to the people of Rotherham. I urge those workers to join us and share what you know; it is a rare and overdue opportunity to get rid of the arrogant, corrupt, delusional bullies that are running our town.”

Rotherham By-Election – Logic of numbers?

Rotherham Politics has always tried to keep as neutral a position as possible, none more so than when covering elections.

With labour in dire trouble with their campaign, mainly due to the apparent boycott by locals, at all levels of party organisation, and their intention to vote against their party for the first time ever! This is quite simply, an unprecedented development!

Labour voters who haven’t even voted for years, are energised by the chance to punish the party, that they had trusted for years and are absolutely sick of it! This trust has been stretched beyond breaking point. They are now intent on punishing the party for their evident failings.

The voters of all the parties know, that this by-election, is crucial to our common future. If labour does scrape home with the trainee candidate nothing will be done to rid our town of the corrupt and fundamentally undemocratic, control freak ways, that have so characterised by RMBC and the recent fostering row.

UKIP have made a lot of noise, but have actually gained few votes. The 2010 result, may still prove, to have been the high-watermark of their electoral support in Rotherham constituency.

I am afraid that most of the eleven candidates are destined to lose their deposits as their supporters realise the logic of the situation.

This has been a two horse race, right from the start in reality. The situation is simple, if voters want to say, enough is enough, and a lot do, there is only one opponent to Labour’s Sarah Champion, that can prevent her wining is Yvonne Ridley.

This fact cannot be ignored by the voters casting their votes tomorrow. The whole town is hoping and praying, that they don’t wake up to more of the same with a new MP, hand picked for them, by Kevin Barron of all people!

So there we have it a stark chioce:

Sarah Champion represents the ‘more of the same’ with the local wrongdoing going on as before, with all the greed, sleaze and corruption that is entailed!

Or, voters can send ‘crooks’ like Denis MacShane the last MP, and the ‘crooked’ local labour party, a message loud and clear that they want a fresh start, by voting for Yvonne Ridley to be their next MP. With Yvonne as MP, the fresh start may be possible?