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