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
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.