|Since publication of the Ministerial Code Government has become embroiled in a number of scandals, some of them ongoing.
Recently, we learned of David Cameron’s refusal for an independent enquiry into the conduct of Jeremy Hunt, Sec of State for Culture, Media & Sport in relation to his quasi-judicial role concerning Rupert Mudoch’s, News Corporation’s proposed takeover of BSkyB for £8 Billion. Item 7.12 of the Ministerial Code states that:
Responsibility for authorising investigations into any breach of the code falls to the Prime Minister following consultation with the Cabinet Secretary. Instead of seeking an independent investigation of the Culture Secretary’s conduct it was reported that Downing Street had hoped that the matter could be considered by Lord Leveson’s enquiry into the potential conflicts arising due to the close proximity of relationship between Government and the Media (Hackgate).
Item 7.13 of the Ministerial Code states that:
One such organisation might be the shadowy leadership training organisation Common Purpose and I have previously postulated the hypothesis that CP has been operating as a stealth agent / Trojan horse of the United Nations. In order to transform theory into fact we would need to identify instances where common purpose has been liaising with both UK Government and the United Nations particularly where there has been a drip feeding of UN ideology and beliefs into UK policy.
Examples of liaison between Government Ministers and Common Purpose might include William Hague’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office hosting a leadership development course by Common Purpose in Ankara Turkey in July 2010, whilst Cameron himself met Common Purpose course participants at the Infosys Headquarters in Bangladore India.
We can also reveal that Cameron is Honorary President of the United Nations Association (UK) and was previously a member of the All Party Parliamentary United Nations Group. The purpose of this group is to support the work of the United Nations but what if this should conflict with the interests of the UK?
In “Leveson Enquiry – Control of the Press & Media by David Bell’s Common Purpose“, Brian Gerrish revealed that the investigating panel were examining the culture, practice and ethics of the UK press. He also suggested that the Media Standards Trust had been positioning itself to discredit the Press Complaints Commission and place itself as a candidate as the future press regulator. With Common Purpose Trustee David Bell occupying a position on the Leveson Panel whilst sitting alongside Common Purpose CEO Julia Middleton at the MST there is a clear potential for bias / undue influence at this enquiry.
In “Judge, Jury & Executioner“, I revealed how each branch of the Scottish establishment (Legislature, Executive & Judiciary) had been infiltrated by Common Purpose graduates and of the threat to personal liberties posed by potentially biased decision making following the undermining of the separation of powers.
Within “Dark Actors Playing Games” Brian Gerrish revealed that Cameron’s Cabinet Office had been in a ‘secretive dialogue with Julia Middleton to achieve a culture change in the Top 200 Civil Servants using the Common Purpose model’.
The History & Remit Of The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNECSO)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was founded in London on 16th November 1945 and became operational in 1946.
The first Director-General of UNESCO was eugenicist Julian Huxley. In 1946, he wrote “UNESCO: Its Purposes and Philosophy“. Pages 43 to 60 of this document include the following subsections: The Creative Arts, Libraries, Museums and other Cultural Organisations and the Mass Media.
Huxley expands the creative arts list further by including music, sculpture, opera, ballet & dance, drama, creative writing & documentary film making. He claimed:
Huxley describes a future world in which the influence of UNESCO becomes all pervasive. He describes the social functions of art and suggests that
In his conclusion on Page 60 he writes that UNESCO will:
He then adds that:
It is quite clear from the language used that the arts, culture and media are to be utilised as vehicles for the transmission of propaganda to communicate UNESCOs drive to promote a common outlook shared by all nations and cultures, a global Common Purpose.
Interfaces Between UNESCO, UK Government And Civil Society
According to the terms of reference of the UK National Commission for UNESCO Culture Committee it is to be the formal link between civil society, relevant departments in Her Majesty’s Government (primarily the Department for Culture, Media & Sport) and UNESCO on matters relating to all aspects of culture. The National Commission will also “include as input to UK policy-making on key UNESCO programmes and cultural issues”.
UNESCO also seeks to protect and preserve global heritage sites through an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport acts as the State Party for the whole of the UK and is responsible for the UK’s general compliance with the Convention.
The Department For Culture, Media and Sport And Common Purpose
According to the DCMS website, it is responsible for the following: the arts, broadcasting, fashion, film, the music industry, publishing, libraries, museums and galleries, press freedom & regulation, sport, tourism, the listing of historic buildings and scheduling of ancient monuments. In effect it covers those responsibilities described by Huxley as being directed by UNESCO. Should representatives of Common Purpose be found both within the DCMS itself and also within those organisations falling within its sphere of control there is clear potential for conflicts of interests. Such conflicts are currently trapped by Item 4.1.4 of the Civil Service Management Code, June 2011, which states that:
Interrogation of the database of Common Purpose graduates published by the CPExposed website reveals that several senior members of DCMS are Common Purpose Graduates.
These included the Head of Local, Regional & International Division, the Head of Creative Industries Unit, the Head of Arts Education, the Head of Broadcasting Policy, the Head of the Historic Environment Policy Branch and the DCMS Representative in the Government Office for London. Research also reveals that Allan Ferries, the former Head of the Creative Industries Unit (DCMS) is now Programme Manager of the Government Olympic Executive.
Ms Ruth Mackenzie is currently an expert advisor to DCMS and director of culture London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She was previously a Board member of the New Millennium Experience Co. (1997-99) and member of the Executive Committee Common Purpose (1993-97).
Chris Bryant MP was formerly a Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport (2001 – 2005) and London Manager Common Puprose (1994 – 1996).
Jude Kelly is the Artistic Director of Britain’s largest cultural institution, the South Bank Centre and Chair of Culture, Ceremonies and Education at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (formerly London 2012) … She has represented Britain within UNESCO on cultural matters. She jointly chaired with Lord Puttnam (President of UNICEF UK) the Curricula Advisory Committee on Arts and Creativity. She is chair of Common Purpose International Trust and board member of The British Council.
Virginia Tandy is Director of Culture at Manchester City Council and a Common Purpose 20:20 graduate. She is a board member of the Cultural leadership programme.
According to the DCMS webpage on Arts Council Funding:
The regional arts councils (comprising 15 members) are responsible for grants over £25,000 for named, funded organisations.
Whilst the DCMS describes its policy of distribution of public money as being at ‘arms length’ in reality there appears to be considerable opportunity for such funds to be deliberately channelled towards favoured Common Purpose led projects. That this could be happening unauthorised and in the absence of the Cabinet Minister’s knowledge is beyond belief.