Subversion:  ‘Beyond Authority’

A book by Common Purpose’s Chief Executive, Mrs. Julia Middleton


“Leadership in a Changing World” Published by Palgrave Macmillan



n it’s 163 pages, under a dark cover featuring a maze, Mrs. Middleton  outlines her brand of leadership training, which is sold by her “charity” for millions, most of it our taxes, to over 30,000 people largely in the public sector.  

   Her leadership is “one that can cope in unfamiliar territory”, “where leaders are taken beyond the closed doors of their own organisations.” Into, of course, Common Purpose meetings - behind closed doors. In CP terms, “beyond authority” means to abuse the authority of your paid employment for control and private gain.  “Beyond authority” is Mrs Middleton’s phrase for dissolving democracy, and she’s doing it on a vast scale.


‘Charity’ for the powerful

    We quickly learn that Middleton’s charity is very different from others. Middleton seems obsessed with power, wealth and money, be it with Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Natwest, Lehman Brothers, The Young Foundation, Unilever, KPMG, The Financial Times, Imperial Tobacco, the chairman of the Law Society, Chief Constables, or a host of named elitist individuals. As Sir Derek Higgs, Chairman, Alliance and Leicester plc says on the rear cover – “Julia Middleton has a contacts list to die for”.

    In his Foreword, Sir David Bell, Chair of the Financial Times, attempts to explain Middleton and her works in terms of leaf people, forest people, alchemy, and magic. He praises Charles Darwin.

  The undertone is certainly humanist, and with an encroaching darkness, it directs people to undertake continual change, thus destroying the old, without specifying anything to change to.  Confusion and inactivity results. CP has used this well established Frankfurt School subversion technique on the NHS, which it has paralysed, and on the Conservative Party. 

   In the book itself the word ‘conspiracy’ is used repeatedly to describe the process of Common Purpose networking, and the reader is even asked if the ‘dark arts’ apply. There is no Christian charity in this book, and with its wealthy clients, CP’s charity status should be revoked immediately.


Personal background

  Educated overseas in the USA and France, Middleton is an international educational product; she refers to time spent in Manhattan, she doesn’t mention she shared  an elitist French school with the head of the United Nations, nor her time at the London School of Economics, the Industrial Society, or the Marxist, think-tank DEMOS.

     She admits to domestic disorder, her children seem to have been largely left alone, and she does not mention her husband Rupert Middleton, a Robert Maxwell man, once Group Director of Manufacturing for Trinity Mirror newspaper group.


Concealing the purpose

 Little of Middleton’s text is her own. Her book is comprised of a myriad of linked quotes from the wealthy, powerful, political elite on the subject of ‘leadership’.  She is very impressed by Blair, Clinton, and German bankers.

   Whilst German bankers are great, the British are warlike, cold, and they are the worst at (human) feedback. She adds that the English are people who ‘like to take canned food with them’ to Europe. White males appear suspect.








Hatred of Britain

    Karl Marx, and the Chinese general and authority on the philosophy of warfare, Sun-Tzu, are quoted. She has been given sound advice by a former Chef de Cabinet of the European Commission. The book leaves you with the impression that Mrs Middleton is a communist with a hatred of all things British. That wouldn’t matter if Common Purpose’s inner sanctum didn’t control £214 billion, or one quarter, of Britain’s budget through the NHS and her 8,000 quangos.



Fifth Column

   Excited by the use of a ‘fifth column’ to drive forward change through the House of Lords, Mrs Middleton is keen to blur and break down boundaries between individuals, organisations, the public and private sectors, who then will need to ‘break out of their organisational silos,’ to form partnerships and act. The language is reminiscent of a form of Gramscian soft fascism, where western democracies can be overturned by undermining traditional beliefs and values, and the slow secretive merging of the public and private sectors into a state controlled partnership.


Incitement to criminality  

   In reality operating outside authority for the police, and many others, means operating illegally and without accountability. This does not bother Middleton however, who urges Common Purpose leaders to create their own legitimacy. She quotes organisations as Stranger 1 and Stranger 2. But why are these strangers so shy? Are they financial contributors, do they have political agendas?

    If readers sense something sinister at work, I agree. Middleton does not really explain how she was initially able to raise £500,000 in a few months, and continue to receive huge donations from big business. She  does not tell the reader how her Advisory Boards in each City select members for the Common Purpose elite. We know about half are selected for the inner sanctum - those who can be compromised, those who can be bribed with big salaries in quango or non jobs, and those who will lie to conceal CP activities.    But she does give a hint as to how the chosen are classified – ‘Suns’ (people of established power and influence), as ‘Stars’ (those of rapid but unpredictable rise to power and influence), and as ‘Moons’ (those individuals of diminishing power). Those who will not help Common Purpose, or who challenge it, are called ‘Black Holes’.


Fraudulent agenda

   The ‘black holes’ who oppose are to be dealt with. Techniques include shaming, embarrassing, harassing, wearing them down, ignoring and bulldozing. The picture of her selection techniques is not good, but it is actually much worse in practice– neither is the reference to “borrowing great East German phrases” such as from Hans Reckers Board Member of Deutsche Bundesbank.  Phrases such as ‘useful idiots’ and ‘expert idiots’.  You can’t help comparing her views to those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

    Mrs Middleton has risen to select people for senior posts in Britain’s public sector. She says she’s independent - but is clearly working for the hand over of power to the EU, which is organised from the old Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.


    Has this book inspired me? Most certainly – to warn all those I can to watch out for the ‘fifth column’ that is Middleton’s elitist Common Purpose.  A criminal organisation with a subversive, corrupt and deeply fraudulent agenda. If not stopped, you won’t be able to work in government without first joining Common Purpose,  the EU’s Communist Party, and it is now close to controlling Britain’s local government and our justice system.


Brian Gerrish and David Noakes.