Neil Turner's Blog

Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

Observing MPH

In a special leader column today, The Observer has announced that is backing the Make Poverty History campaign:

Today The Observer joins the millions of people who have already pledged to do their small bit to push world leaders towards agreeing this fundamental change in the balance of wealth in the world. Up to 20 million Britons look set to say: Blair and the world leaders must act. The plan is on the table. It is costed, it works.

This is not about collecting money. This is not about charity. Every person who follows the simple advice on the Make Poverty History website will make a small difference. All those small differences can come together in July and mean a fundamental change.

The organisations behind Make Poverty History chose 2005 for their campaign because this year is probably the best chance that we have for making a difference for decades to come. The UK is hosting the G8 summit in Edinburgh in July, and is taking on the presidency of the EU. More information is at the Why 2005? page at the MPH web site.
Unless something really, really important comes up, I am endeavouring to be in Edinburgh on July 2nd. I’m also taking part in the event in Centenary Square, Bradford, tomorrow at 1pm, wearing my white wristband.

3 Comments

  1. I added the Make Poverty History banners to two of my sites yesterday in fact. And today I brought a band, although I think I’m missing a part, heh!
    There is no reason why the debt can’t be scraped and the countries then could put the money they’re saving to more worthwhile causes within thier country.

  2. There is no reason why the debt can’t be scraped and the countries then could put the money they’re saving to more worthwhile causes within thier country.

    Actually there are plenty of reasons not to scrap the debt immediately. While debt is a huge burden that needs to be removed from these countries we also have to ensure that they don’t immediately fall back into debt again. The corruption in many of these countries is unreal.
    Should debt be scrapped many of these countries with their military leadership will simply decide to spend loads of their new money, not on education and health but on weapons.
    We need to address the causes of debt before we remove it.

  3. Aha! Now I know what those white wristbands are for. Cute.
    Now I just have to work out what those other colours of wristband are for…