The voice for global solutions in parliament

Welcome to Simpol's UK campaign!

What Simpol is, and how it works:

The Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign invites citizens in the UK, and citizens around the world, to use our votes in a powerful new way to encourage politicians to solve global problems like global warming, financial market regulation, environmental destruction, war, and social injustice.

Simpol offers a way to solve today’s global problems; problems individual governments cannot resolve by acting alone.

That’s because these problems transcend national boundaries, and because competition between governments to attract investment and jobs means that any government acting alone to solve them could effectively make its country economically uncompetitive, leading to inflation, unemployment, or even economic collapse.

Simpol aims to break the vicious circle governments find themselves in by encouraging people around the world to use their votes in a completely new way to oblige politicians and governments to cooperate globally in implementing appropriate policies simultaneously for the good of all.

Only by implementing policies simultaneously can our problems be resolved in a way that no nation, corporation, or citizen loses out. If all nations act together, everybody wins.

Simultaneous implementation would ensure that no country became uncompetitive as a result of pursuing policies that were right for the planet and which embodied people's higher aspirations. But politicians will not act together globally unless we make them!

So, please act now by signing the Simpol Petition
which costs you nothing.

Caroline Lucas MP signs the Simpol Pledge

By supporting Simpol you are telling politicians that you’ll be voting in future national elections for ANY candidate, within reason, who has signed the Pledge; a declaration of support for a process leading to the simultaneous implementation of a range of policies to solve global problems. Or, if you have a party preference, your support signifies you want your preferred party to make that Pledge.

In that way, you still retain the ultimate right to vote as you please. But you are also clearly indicating to politicians that you’ll be giving strong preference to those who have signed the Pledge, to the probable exclusion of those who haven’t. With many parliamentary seats, and even entire national elections, hanging on a relatively low number of votes, even a relatively small number of Simpol supporters can make it in the vital interests of politicians to sign the Pledge. This is the simple mechanism supporters use to advance their cause.

And it works! Thanks to our supporters, these Members of Parliament have signed the Pledge. But we need more! And for that, we need you!

Simpol's approach is peaceful, open, democratic, and it's free. By supporting Simpol, you gain the opportunity to

  • contribute, if you wish, to the formulation of specific policies to solve global problems, and
  • you join with others to use your vote in a new and effective way to drive the politicians of all parties and countries to implement those policies.

By signing the Simpol Petition, you're make yourself a part of the global political solution!

2015 Simpol Election Campaign - summary

See the list of Simpol-pledged MPs and the MP infographic here.

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Election Result: 29 MPs pledged to implement Simpol!

We're delighted to announce that Simpol now has a record 29 MPs at Westminster pledged to implement its global justice agenda alongside other governments. See the full list of pledged MPs here

Thanks to our supporters, more than 600 candidates from across the political spectrum signed the Simpol Pledge in the run-up to polling day. In many constituencies, more than one candidate had signed the Pledge. In a few, nearly all the candidates had signed, so ensuring that whoever won the seat, Simpol won. See the info-graphic. See our Press Release.

Drive your MP to support Global Justice - Please sign the Simpol Petition

See Simpol's global site

New on HuffPost: Labour's Dilemma

Stay true to its social democratic roots or abandon them to become more business-friendly? That's the Labour Party's central dilemma, argues Simpol's founder John Bunzl in his latest article on the Huffington Post. But with global markets now ensuring that only business-friendly competitiveness-oriented policies are permissible, neither Labour nor any other centre-Left party has any choice, Bunzl suggests.

TTIP: Why governments want it

NGOs fighting the introduction of TTIP, the Trans-Atlantic Treaty on Trade and Investment, rightly fear that democracy would be compromised by the new rights it would give corporations and investors to sue governments.

Mostly, this is seen as just another 'corporate plot' to gain even more power and control. But as Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, the European parliament's EPP group shadow rapporteur on recommendations to the European commission on TTIP reveals, it is competitiveness concerns that underlie the push for TTIP. "An EU-US trade deal can make an essential contribution to Europe's future competitiveness," she said. "If we do not put ourselves in a position to develop our own technical standards and product-specific regulations, others will do it for us."

The take-away message for NGOs? Don't stop fighting TTIP. But unless you also support Simpol, anti-democratic trade treaties will only keep on returning.

Deeper thinking on climate change

Communicating climate change in a way that galvanises action is urgent - and David Saddington seems to be just the man. In this TEDx presentation, David argues that it's not more science that's needed, but more information on how climate change will actually affect us. David also acknowledges the value of Simpol's approach and we hope to work closer with him in the coming months.

John Bunzl at TEDx Berlin

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