Global justice campaign gets cross-party boost in European elections

By staff writers
June 9, 2009

An approach which offers a fast-track to addressing global problems such as climate change, has succeeded in attracting broad cross-party support in the European parliamentary elections.

In the UK where campaigning was most active, several candidates from the Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and UK Independence parties declared their support for the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign, which seeks to create a global political platform and voting bloc around peace, justice and sustainability.

Claude Moraes MEP (Labour) and Caroline Lucas MEP (Green Party) were elected in last week's European Elections, adding to the number of supporting MPs the campaign already enjoys in several national parliaments.

Consisting of many far-reaching measures to solve a variety of global problems such as global warming, poverty and nuclear weapons proliferation, Simpol works to get policies implemented by governments simultaneously, when all or sufficient numbers have signed up.

By posing no-risk to any nation’s international competitiveness, simultaneous action removes the excuses for inaction and delay which hamper existing approaches as seen in the Kyoto Protocol.

By providing a less contentious route to addressing global problems, Simpol aims to open the way to the adoption of far more robust policies.

The approach offers people a new way of voting which applies political pressure for politicians to support it.

To secure sufficient support, voters who support Simpol - known as 'Adopters' - decide the global policies to be implemented. They then tell candidates in their constituency area that they will be voting for any candidate, within reason, who has signed the pledge to implement the policy alongside other governments.

Competition between candidates is heightened to a point where politicians who fail to support Simpol risk losing their seats to those who do.

With parliamentary seats and even entire national elections increasingly being won or lost by small margins, campaigners say that only relatively few Adopters are needed to make it in the interests of candidates to support Simpol.

In countries where governments enjoy relatively small majorities, Simpol is being seen as a powerful way for citizens to bring change in the main competing parties.

Simpol already enjoys the official support of 27 MPs in the UK parliament as well as a number of MPs in the Australian and Argentine parliaments.

As support amongst MPs in democratic nations gains strength, non-democratic nations such as China are expected to join the process.

Simpol is the brain-child of John Bunzl, a British businessman and social activist and is supported by Nobel prize winner and president of East Timor, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, Eva Quistorp, co-founder of the German Green Party, as well as many prominent ecologists, activists and economists.

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