Common Purpose is The First Triplet and its founder and CEO steered The Witch Doctor in the direction of Think Tanks.
My Black Cat thinks Demos is the most interesting of all the Think Tanks.
This is because she has noticed that it intertwingles strongly with Common Purpose and, as you know, this silly cat of mine follows conspiracy theories with glee!
In order to explore why Common Purpose attracts the conspiracy theorists, The Witch Doctor is simply looking into Intertwinglements with a view of refuting or confirming two of the many allegations held by the conspiracy theorists.
These are the two allegations she has chosen to explore:
(1) It is alleged Common Purpose is much closer to government than would normally be expected of a charity offering leadership courses.
(2) It is alleged that there is a Marxist influence behind this charity.
The pathway that led The Witch Doctor towards Demos was Julia Middleton herself, the founder of the leadership charity “Common Purpose.” She is also a co-founder of Demos. My Black Cat and I agree this is a very strong Intertwinglement that justifies Demos being designated as the second triplet.
Another co-founder of Demos is Goeff Mulgan. He is mentioned in Julia Middleton’s book “Leading Beyond Authority”
POSSIBLE LINKS WITH GOVERNMENT:
1. Goeff Mulgan was a former chief adviser to Gordon Brown before he was PM and Director of Policy at 10 Downing Street Under Tony Blair.
2. Goeff Mulgan was Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, (formerly known as Performance and Innovation Unit).
3. There is an Intertwinglement between Goeff Mulgan and Anthony Giddens.
Anthony Giddens is sometimes referred to as “Tony Blair’s favourite intellectual” He was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and is regarded as the guru who is behind “The Third Way.” He has written a book “The Third Way – The Renewal of Social Democracy” In the preface he states that the book grew out of a series of informal evening discussion meetings with Goeff Mulgan and Ian Hargreaves.
Goeff Mulgan has already been mentioned in this blog.
POSSIBLE LINKS WITH MARXISM:
To date, The Witch Doctor has not mentioned the third co-founder of Demos in this blog.
He is Martin Jacques.
You may recollect that Wiki indicates that Julia Middleton was a previous editor of the publication “Marxism Today” although a citation is required to confirm this.
However, there is plenty pf evidence indicating Martin Jacques was an editor of “Marxism Today” from 1977 to 1991.
He was a notable member of the Communist Party of Great Britain until it disbanded 1991.
He is considered an authority on China and recently published a book about it – he gave a talk about it in a meeting at the Royal Society of Arts.
The Witch Doctor therefore concludes that the first and second triplets i.e. Common Purpose and Demos between them demonstrate strong intertwinglements with the government and Marxism.
The significance of this is debatable but may well explain why conspiracy theories abound regarding Common Purpose.
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