OK Dave, You’ve Really Pissed Me Off Now

So there I was, sat in Angry Towers, eating my muesli, sipping on a glass of Goji Berry juice, enjoying a nice quiet breakfast,  when my day was ruined by the appearance of Call Me Dave Camoron gracing my telly box.

So what was so special about today? Any day that features David Camoron tends to be a bad day.

The answer is this “All government policies will have to pass a “family test”, David Cameron has announced.”………..”From October, every new domestic policy “will be examined for its impact on the family”, the prime minister said.”

Firstly, why wait till October?  Why can’t it begin to happen NOW?

Secondly, does he think we’re STUPID?  There’s a General Election next May, surely this can’t be a cynical attempt to win back the voters that he’s shafted over the past four years?  Can it?  He wouldn’t do that surely?

Thirdly, if it’s so important that every government department should  be held to account for the impact of their policies on the family, why didn’t he do something about IBS and his infamous Bedroom Tax?  Does that not impact on families Dave?  Or maybe it wasn’t so important then?

IBS’s Department of Work and Pensions have also claimed another place in the Westminster Hall of Shame with their sanctions against JobSeekers who, for very valid reasons sometimes, might miss an appointment or fail to apply for the prescribed number of jobs in a week.  Does that not have an impact on families?  Was that policy OK then Dave?

I’m sure that there have been many others over the last four years, these are just the two that irk me the most at the moment, that most definitely impact on families, and both seem to have IBS at their very core.

The icing on the cake was moron Dave’s warning that we have to be careful of ‘Blowback’, British citizens arriving back from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever they may have been fighting for the cause, intent on committing some form of terrorist outrage on British soil.  Tell me Dave, who was it who slashed the Armed Forces to a shadow of their glorious former selves?  Who has got rid of 16,000 Police Officers in the last four years?  The UK Border Agency is set to shed 8,500 jobs (22%) by 2015, yet another Coalition triumph.  And then you have the nerve to tell us to look out for returning terrorists?   What bloody planet are you on?

Rest assured on one thing – Government cuts are NOT going to make this country better able to resist a terrorist attack be it by home-grown, domestic terrorists, or terrorists from anywhere else in the world.  If you think I’m wrong Dave, please, please explain to me how I’m wrong.

Here endeth today’s lesson on how Dave has pissed me off.

Common Purpose

I need to get out more, I have found something else to worry about. Something that I’d never even heard of until last week. Silly me.

Conspiracy theories are all around us, this I know, but I am definitely not liking what I hear about Common Purpose.

Their own website has this to say;

“Common Purpose is an independent, international leadership development organisation. We give people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors the inspiration, skills and connections to become better leaders at work and in society. We develop their ability to work together, innovate and to thrive in different cultures – this helps people, organisations, cities and regions to succeed.”

Wiki adds this little nugget;

“Its courses are conducted under the Chatham House Rule”.  Don’t you just love the Chatham House Rule?

And then I found this elsewhere, and my sleepless nights just got worse;

“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”

In 2010 a minor furore was sparked off by Surrey Police sending some senior staff for training there in times of austerity and cutbacks.  Read all about it here.  It is alleged in that article that the then Chief Constable of Surrey, Mr Mark Rowley was one of 12 members of Common Purpose’s Surrey advisory group, which plays a role in selecting future candidates.  Was this a good use of a Chief Constable’s time?

Clicking here brings you to a wonderful page where you can see all of Common Purpose’s Graduates, or search by name and/or organisation etc.

And then we get to this just a few days ago;

“The Prime Minister officially declared in a newly published register of ministerial interests that he is patron of an initiative run by Common Purpose, a leadership organisation whose founders set up one of the most vocal lobbying groups for media regulation……..However, Mr Cameron failed to declare the post for at least two years despite two opportunities to do so in official registers.”

Naughty, naughty Mr Cameron.

One of Mr Cameron’s own Tory MPs had this to say on the subject;

Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley, said that, although Mr Cameron’s failure to declare the connection was likely to have been a simple mistake, the Prime Minister should not associate himself with Common Purpose.

“I would always advise caution when it comes to being involved with any organisation that has close links with Common Purpose,” Mr Davies, a member of the Commons media select committee, said.

“Common Purpose is a very secretive organisation which I think the Prime Minister would do well to be wary of.

“They are trying to get their tentacles into every nook and cranny of the Establishment to pursue their Leftist, pro-European political agenda.

“Of course, Common Purpose don’t want a free Press because a free Press exposes what they are up to.”

So, if even Tory MPs are suspicious and sceptical of Common Purpose, maybe I’m right to be concerned, along with others.  Play with the Graduates page and see just how many of them come form Police Services and NHS Trusts and Fire & Rescue Services up and down the country, and a huge number from Local Government too.

I leave you with this headline, too shocking to ignore, but it refers to the Matrix course, which is the course that most of the MPS Graduates seem to have studied. A bit OTT perhaps, but maybe a grain of truth;

Shockingly Real Conspiracy To Rule The World, Matrix Training Revealed, Political Charity Using Behavioral Modification

I don’t know if there’s anything to this story or not, but it’s enough to concern me. Maybe we should all be concerned.