“The greenest government ever is the greatest threat to our environment.”

By Barnaby Flynn, Simpol UK national coordinator.

Ah, the realist’s understanding of nations competing with each other to attract investment from multinational corporations rises again to baffle our nation-centric mindsets whilst hopefully slapping more of us towards thinking globally about global problems. International competition is the principle reason (whether perceived or real) why there is insufficient global action towards environmental, social and economic justice, yet the only campaign banging on about it is still becoming popular only very slowly.  

All parties freely claim big whilst in opposition. “Under a Conservative government the Treasury will no longer be the cuckoo in the Whitehall nest when it comes to climate change,” George Osborn. Either this is bare faced lie or he is ignorant of the constraints of international economic competition on all governments. Surely he is not that stupid.

George Monbiot signed up as a supporter of Simpol (the Simultaneous Policy) at our street-stall-on-wheels on the Climate Camp march to BAA offices in 2007 but he has not openly endorsed the campaign. “What are we going to do about it” he ended his Comment (as he so often does) in regard to how we can get governments not to scrap protection in the face of corporate lobbyists and their all-party centre-right wing political friends? Obviously we must try something new and radical as all past efforts have failed so dismally.

Simpol is stepping up its efforts to work alongside NGOs to discern which policies if implemented would A. not negatively affect a nation’s competitiveness, thus removing any excuse of immediate unilateral action on it, and B. which policy regulations due to their strength would cause that nation to suffer an economic first mover competitive disadvantage, therefore requiring multilateral “simultaneous” policy implementation alongside co-operating governments. With simultaneous implementation, no nation, corporation or citizen need suffer strong regulation. Also, global policies such as Contraction Convergence, a global Tobin Tax (or full reserve banking) and a global Desert Tech CO2 neutral energy grid can be implemented.

Simpol supporters suggest, develop and ultimately set Simpol’s global policy agenda in a free, open and participative way. Through Simpol supporter’s global prioritising voting strategy, (voting only for MP candidates that pledge to implement Simpol’s tough regulation alongside other governments; or demanding their preferred party sign the Simpol Pledge) everyday people in every democracy can effect a national and global revolution, peacefully. As all parties are subject to the constraints of international competition once in power thus reducing the material differences between political parties, the public sense this lack of difference and elections are increasingly likely to won or lost by smaller margins. This makes the places even more power in the hands of Simpol supporters using the voting strategy.

“Global co-operation is the best –I believe the only– answer…to dig our world back out of recession…to create the growth, trade, and international rules we need for a fairer, greener, safer planet.”

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister


2 thoughts on ““The greenest government ever is the greatest threat to our environment.”

  1. “With simultaneous implementation, no nation, corporation or citizen need suffer strong regulation. ”

    That’s the selling point of Simpol: FREEDOM from SUFFERING.

    Freedom is irresistible to all peoples; we love liberty, and many today in the middle East are risking their lives for it. And we all want freedom from suffering in any form. ‘Branding’ Simpol as a means to freedom from all sorts of things that now tyrannize our lives could go a long way toward giving Simpol more visibility and traction and speed.

    Simultaneous Policy linked not only with the power of global citizenry to create a sane, sound, salutary global society, but also with freedom and its civic twin, justice, would help shift Simultaneous Policy from a brilliant, innovative policy proposal to a MOVEMENT.

    Research into social movement language shows that people need a
    nightmare/dream metaphor to move from concern about an issue to action on it. Simpol as a dream that liberates the people of the world, governments and corporations all from increasingly likely, desperate, draconian measures to secure sustainability is, I think, as critical for Simpol as the research mentioned in the article. Once the Simpol-necessary actions have been identified, Simpol will still need the messaging and metaphors to rally people to the cause. The dream-language will still be needed.
    Framing the nightmare as “desperate measures” and the dream as “simultaneous action” is a start.

    Respectfully from the other side of the pond,
    Mimi K

    • Hi Mimi 🙂

      As always, your perspective is both challenging and enlightening – something that I have personally come to greatly appreciate in your comments and ideas.

      When I read your comment above I thought it was so full of good ideas that, like the last time we talked, I might write it up into a new blog post on the subject.

      But I have a better idea. I would like to invite YOU to write a blog post on it. It is people like you, who engage with the campaign and provide new directions and ideas, that represents the true future of Simpol. With Simpol, the people set the agenda and in doing so, as you point out, strive for freedom from suffering and constraint.

      I am very interested in your ideas on freedom, justice and ‘dream metaphors’ and I’m certain many other people would be too.

      Is this something that you would be interested in and prepared to do? I do hope so. 🙂


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