Posted by: Witch Doctor | July 23, 2009

Common Purpose – a wander around Wiki


So, My Black Cat and I set off for Wiki as the first port of call in our journey to unravel the tangled web surrounding Common Purpose.

Wiki was not amused. It said:

“A major contributor to this article appears to have a conflict of interest with its subject. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia’s content policies, particularly neutral point of view. Please discuss further on the talk page. (September 2008)”


“The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please see the discussion on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved. (April 2009)”


“This article needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2009)”

No less that 13 citations are needed before Wiki will approve of the Common Purpose entry.

This bit was a better read though. Everyone was arguing.

We then wandered across to see if there is a Wiki page on Julia Middleton, the founder of Common Purpose.

She was there:


It was a stub.

They are threatening to remove the post. Something to do with notability guidelines.

“This article may not meet the notability guideline for biographies. Please help to establish notability by adding reliable, secondary sources about the topic. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be merged or deleted. (October 2007)”.

According to Wiki, Julia Middleton is a communitarian. Since The Witch Doctor and My Black Cat are politically very naïve we thought we had better find out what that was. These communitarians apparently are against “exalted forms of individualism” Now this worried My Black Cat because all cats are exalted individualists. The Witch Doctor was worried too because she is sure she is an individual. She needed to check out whether she was exalted or not. If she was, then it would stand to reason that The Witch Doctor and Ms Middleton would not see eye to eye.

So, we did some more trundling around, and checked out Wiki. The Witch Doctor does not feature there so she is probably not an exalted individual.

So that’s OK then.

All of that was a bit of a waste of time but we did note the trustees of Common Purpose past and present.

Here they are:

* Chris Mathias, Chair, CMG partners (Chair)
* Andrew Cubie, Senior Partner, Fyfe Ireland
* Anu Omideyi, Barrister, Furnival Chambers
* David Bell, Director for People, Pearson Plc
* Simon Darling, Founder, Quiet Riots
* Mark Adams, Netcare Healthcare
* James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive, NE Chamber of Commerce
* Kieran McPolin, Financial Controller, Openreach
* Lucy de Groot, Executive Director, Improvement & Development Agency
* Vincent McGinlay, Retired Director of Supply Chain and Technology, Marks & Spencer plc
* Pam Chesters, Chair, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
* Olu Olanrewaju, Managing Director, Urban/Focus Heart Ltd
* Miriam Mulcahy, Independent Media Consultant

And here are some notable past participants.

* Jeremy Beecham, former Chairman, Labour National Executive Committee
* Chris Bryant, Member of Parliament for Rhondda
* Baron Gordon of Strathblane, Scottish businessman
* Rt Revd John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
* Janet Paraskeva, First Civil Service Commissioner
* Sir Charles Pollard, former Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police
* Baden Skitt, member, Criminal Cases Review Commission

They all must be leaders I suppose.

I then sent My Black Cat off to do some shopping.

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