Breaking down the barriers to solving world problems
 

General Election 2016 - Results!

The Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) is supported by an increasing number of Members of Parliament around the world. See below for details. If you are a TD or election candidate, we invite you to join them!  Any questions? Click here.

To see what politicians around the world, and from across the party-political spectrum, are saying about Simpol, please click here

Citizens! To make sure your preferred TDs support Simpol, please sign up to the campaign now!

Members the Dáil Éireann who have signed the Simpol Pledge

Cork North Central

Jonathan O'Brien (Sinn Féin)

Pledged: 23.2.16

Donegal

 

Pearse Doherty (Sinn Féin)

Pledged: 22.2.16

Comment: "I support this campaign."

Dublin Bay North

Seán Haughey (Fianna Fáil)

Pledged: 7.1.16

Comment: "The Simpol campaign is an important initiative given the serious global problems which challenge us all."


Finian McGrath (Independent)

Pledged: 8.1.16


Thomas Broughan (Independent)

Pledged: 21.1.16

Dublin Bay South

Eamon Ryan (Green Party)

Pledged: 18.1.16

Dublin Central

 

Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin)

Pledged: 22.2.16

Dublin Fingal

Louise O'Reilly (Sinn Féin)

Pledged: 21.2.16

Dublin South West

Sean Crowe (Sinn Fein)

Pledged: 14.1.16


Katherine Zappone (Independent)

Pledged: 8.2.16

Kerry

Martin Ferris (Sinn Féin) 

Pledged: 22.2.16

Longford-Westmeath

 

Robert Troy (Fianna Fáil)

Pledged: 21.2.16

Louth & East Meath

 

Gerry Adams (Sinn Féin)

Pledged: 22.2.16

Offaly - North Tipperary

Carol Nolan (Sinn Féin) 

Pledged: 25.2.16

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Non-Irish MPs and Political Parties who have signed the Simpol Pledge

Argentina

Fernando A. Iglesias. Diputado de la Nacion MC por la C.A. de Buenos Aires.

Australia

House of Representatives:

NamePartyElectorateDate Pledged
Julie CollinsALPFranklin17.6.16
Anne Stanley ALPWerriwa15.6.16

Senate:

NamePartyStateDate Pledged
Lee RhiannonGreens NSW7.6.16
Rachel Siewert GreensWA29.6.16

European Union

ConstituencyNamePartyDate Pledged
LondonClaude Moraes Labour   21.5.2005
UK SEKeith Taylor Green   27.5.2009
ScotlandDavid Martin Labour   16.5.2014
ScotlandCatherine Stihler Labour   1.5.2014  
Scotland

Alyn Smith

 SNP

   3.5.2014

 

 

Germany

Sven-Christian Kindler MdB (Stadt Hannover II) Bündnis90/DieGrünen - Unterzeichnet: 22.8.17

Kirsten  Lühmann MdB (Celle - Uelzen) SPD - Unterzeichnet: 12.9.17

Dr. Matthias Miersch MdB (Hannover Land II) SPD - Unterzeichnet: 28.8.17

Martin Patzelt MdB (Frankfurt (Oder) - Oder - Spree) CDU - Unterzeichnet: 27.7.17

Arno Klare MdB (Mülheim - Essen I) SPD - Unterzeichnet: 12.9.17

Sören Bartol MdB (Marburg) SPD - Unterzeichnet: 12.9.17

Martin Rabanus MdB (Rheingau - Taunus - Limburg) SPD - Unterzeichnet: 22.9.17

Anette Kramme MdB (Bayreuth) SPD - Unterzeichnet: 18.9.17

Margit Stumpp MdB (Aalen - Heidenheim) Bündnis90/Die Grünen - Unterzeichnet: 11.9.17

Sylvia Kotting-Uhl MdB (Karlsruhe Stadt) Bündnis 90/Die Grünen - Unterzeichnet: 12.9.17

Christian Kühn MdB (Tübingen) Bündnis 90/Die Grünen - Unterzeichnet: 12.9.17

Eine-Welt-Partei

 

Luxembourg

Dr. Jean Colombera. Member, Chamber of Deputies. Constituency: Nord.

United Kingdom

NamePartyDate Pledged
Aberdeen N.Kirsty Blackman MPSNP6.5.15
Airdrie & S.Neil Gray MPSNP1.6.17
ArfonHywel Williams MPPlaid Cymru24.4.15
Ayrshire C.Philippa Whitford MPSNP2.5.15
BathWera Hobhouse MPLib Dem22.5.17
B'ham Hall GreenRoger Godsiff MPLabour11.10.07
Bolton S.E.Yasmin Qureshi MPLabour8.6.17
Brighton Pav.Caroline Lucas MPGreens8.6.2004
Bury S.Ivan Lewis MPLabour7.6.17
CambridgeDaniel Zeichner MPLabour17.10.07
Carmarthen E. & D.Jonathan EdwardsPlaid Cymru18.8.15
Carshalton & W.Tom Brake MPLib Dem23.3.07
Coventry N.W.Geoffrey Robinson MPLabour31.5.17
CrawleyHenry Smith MPCon.19.4.10
Cumbernauld, K&KE.Stuart McDonald MPSNP1.6.17
Dagenham & R.Jon Cruddas MPLabour5.6.17
DarlingtonJenny Chapman MPLabour3.6.17
Derby N.Chris WilliamsonLabour8.4.15
Dudley S.Mike Wood MPCon.1.5.15
Dwyfor M.Liz Saville Roberts MPPlaid Cymru3.5.15
EasingtonGrahame Morris MPLabour13.4.10
EastbourneStephen Lloyd MPLib Dem25.4.10
Edinburgh EastTommy Sheppard MPSNP

25.4.10

EdmontonKate Osamor MPLabour5.6.17
Edinburgh S.W.Joanna Cherry MPSNP5.6.17
Edinburgh S.

Falkirk
Ian Murray MP

John McNally MP
Labour

SNP

28.4.14

4.5.15
Fife N.E.Stephen Gethins MPSNP3.5.15
Glasgow E.David Linden MPSNP2.6.17
Glasgow N.E.Paul Sweeney MPLabour6.6.17
Glasgow S.W.Chris Stephens MPSNP2.6.17
GlenrothesPeter Grant MPSNP3.5.15
Hampstead & K.Tulip SiddiqLabour29.5.17
Hayes & H.John McDonnell MPLabour31.1.05
Heywood & M.Liz McInnes MPLabour3.5.15
IpswichSandy Martin MPLabour8.5.17
KetteringPhilip Hollobone MPCon.7.12.06
Kilmarnock & L.Alan Brown MPSNP2.6.17
KnowsleyGeorge Howarth MPLabour18.5.17
Lanark & H.E.Angela Crawford MPSNP2.6.17
Leeds N.E.Fabian Hamilton MPLabour10.5.17
Leeds N.W.Alex Sobel MPLabour10.3.15
Linlithgow &EF.Martyn Day MPSNP27.4.17
Lothian E.Martin Whitfield MPLabour4.6.17
Motherwell & W.Marion Fellows MPSNP1.6.17
Newcastle N.Catherine McKinnell MPLabour26.4.10
Newport WestPaul Flynn MPLabour25.2.15
Ochil & S.P.Luke Graham MPCon.5.5.15
Oxford W. & A.Layla Moran MPLib Dem28.4.15
Paisley &RN.Gavin Newlands MPSNP1.6.17
Perth & N.P.Pete Wishart MPSNP29.5.17
Portsmouth S.Stephen Morgan MPLabour8.5.17
Renfrewshire EastKirsten Oswald MPSNP1.5.15
Salford & E.Rebecca Long-Bailey MPLabour5.6.17
South ShieldsEmma Lewell-Buck MPLabour6.6.17
StaffordJeremy Lefroy MPCon.8.6.17
Stockton S.Paul Williams MPLabour6.6.17
Stroud

David Drew MP

Labour15.4.10
TwickenhamVince Cable MPLib Dem28.5.17
Tyneside N.Mary Glindon MPLabour29.4.15
Vale of ClwydChris Ruane MPLabour19.5.17
Warrington S.Faisal Rashid MPLabour29.5.17
Weston-s.-MareJohn Penrose MPCon.2.5.05
Worsley & Eccles S.Barbara Keeley MPLabour8.3.15

FAQs for politicians and political parties

Why is Simpol necessary?

Simpol offers an alternative, yet complementary, approach to solving global problems. Current efforts at international treaty-making sponsored by the United Nations are revealing themselves to be inadequate and prone to failure. That's why Simpol is fast gathering increasing interest and support.

Moreover, in today's globalised economy where capital moves instantly across national borders and nations must compete to attract inward investment and jobs, the feasible parameters of government policy have become very restricted indeed. In practice, only market- and business-friendly policies are now permissible, so marginalising the interests of society and the environment. But it is becoming increasingly clear that this is a vicious circle that no nation can win, and all must ultimately lose.

Simpol is unique in offerring a transnational political process that allows everyone - citizens, TDs, political parties and governments - to participate in. Citizens in particular are signing on to the campaign, so making it in the growing electoral interests of politicians and parties to support the campaign.

To confirm YOUR support, please sign the Pledge online now. If you would like your party to consider making Simpol a part of its official policy, please download a Party Resolution Form.

 

What advantages does Simpol offer over UN-sponsored negotiations?

UN-sponsored international negotiations, for example on carbon emissions, have two major and potentially fatal draw-backs:

  1. They deal with only one issue at a time. This is problematic because, on any particular issue (eg. carbon emissions), there will always be winners and losers. And because only one issue is on the table, there is no way for losers to be compensated, so virtually assuring their non-cooperation.
  2. When it comes to global policy, the people have no say and effectively no sway on their governments. There is consequently no electoral pressure on governments - no direct political incentive for them to cooperate with one another.

Simpol solves both these problems. Firstly, by offering a multi-issue policy framework where nations that may lose out on one issue can gain on another, Simpol uniquely offers a far better prospect of getting all nations to co-operate. Moreover, by allowing citizens to use their votes to incentivise politicians and governments, Simpol may ultimately offer a more likely means of solving today's global problems. But whether it does or not, Simpol can be supported without compromising your party's policy or the government's position in current international negotiations. Simpol works in parallel, and so is entirely complementary to those efforts.

So please sign the Pledge online and lend YOUR support to Simpol.

How is Simpol's policy content developed, and by whom?

Simpol's policy content will, when the time comes, be developed by citizens via processes hosted by each national Simpol organisation and overseen by the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation. These processes would be launched only once sufficient support in principle for Simpol was forthcoming from politicians around the world.

Should that point be reached, these policy development processes will allow citizens to design, propose, refine, negotiate and ultimately approve Simpol's policies themselves. In this process, they may take advantage of policies already developed by non-governmental organisations or they may choose to take advantage of independent policy experts.

This would be followed by an international negotiation to arrive at a final set of measures to be implemented by nations globally and simultaneously. Prior to implementation, citizens in democratic countries would be invited to confirm their agreement.

In that way Simpol's policy content remains

  • Flexible: The policies can be changed at all times until the point of implementation to ensure they are fully appropriate for then-prevailing world conditions
  • Democratic: The policies are not fixed so that, as new supporters join the campaign, they still have the opportunity to contribute to the process

Simpol is also globally inclusive. Not only will it allow citizens in democratic countries to participate in developing policy, the governments of non-democratic nations would, at the appropriate point, be invited to participate in international negotiations to reach a final agreement.

Because policy development would only commence once sufficient support from politicians were forthcoming, politicians who sign the Simpol Pledge at this stage support to the campaign only in principle. Should the process for developing Simpol's policy content eventually commence and result in any international agreement, and had you already signed the Pledge, you would be invited to re-confirm your support prior to voting in parliament to implement those policies.

Thus, not only is your support for Simpol given only in principle at this stage, Simpol's policy development, when it occurs, would remain open, democratic and flexible at all times until implementation and you would be asked, at that point, to re-confirm your support. This means you can sign the Pledge without risk, and without coming into any conflict with your party's present policies.

How does Simpol ensure that national sovereignty is protected?

To ensure Simpol only includes policies that genuinely require simultaneous implementation, the process incorporates a unique criterion for screening out national policies. In this way it achieves a healthy subsidiarity between the global level and the national level, so safe-guarding national sovereignty. This criterion is expressed in the following question:

Would the unilateral implementation of the policy by a single nation (or by a restricted group of nations) be likely to cause it a significant competitive disadvantage?

If the answer is:

  • No: the policy does not qualify for inclusion in Simpol because it could be implemented by any nation (or restricted group of nations) alone.
  • Yes: the policy qualifies for inclusion in Simpol.

In this way, only appropriate policies are included while the national sovereignty of all nations is maintained. By signing the Simpol Pledge you are therefore promoting your nation's interest to cooperate to solve global problems while still protecting its right to self-determination on all issues that have no international impact.

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Wouldn't signing the Pledge be risky or put me in conflict with party policy?

No, for several reasons:

  1. The development of Simpol's global policies remains an on-going work-in-progress at all times until Simpol's implementation. As such its policies, although emerging in outline, remain to be fully defined and are likely to remain flexible until shortly before implementation. As such, for the foreseeable future, signing the Pledge remains only a commitment in principle; a confirmation of your support only in principle for Simpol and the process it has set in train.
  2. Since Simpol's policies remain to be fully defined, there can be no conflict with your party's current international policies. Both you or your party as a whole can support Simpol in parallel to your present policies.
  3. Simpol's condition of simultaneous international implementation allows politicians to support important global policies but only on condition that they are implemented by all or sufficient nations together. So, not only can you support such policies without any risk to national economic competitiveness, you can be seen to advocate them while making clear the condition for your support; that condition being, that the policy is to be implemented simultaneously, only when all or sufficient nations also do so. If all nations move together, we all win.

So, carry on supporting your party, but support Simpol too. Doing so is a risk-free, win-win proposition! Please confirm your support today by signing the Pledge.

 

What are the electoral advantages of signing the Simpol Pledge?

There are many advantages:

  1. Credibility: By supporting Simpol, you are identifying yourself as a politician who supports a practical solution to global problems. Supporting Simpol allows you to go beyond the confines of party policy to reach out to the growing body of voters who increasingly care about global issues but who have become disillusioned with party politics.
  2. Extra Votes: By supporting Simpol, you make yourself eligible to receive the votes of citizens who support the campaign. They are committed to giving strong preference to candidates who have signed the Pledge, to the probable exclusion of those who haven't. At the 2015 UK General Election, over 600 candidates from all parties signed the Pledge. With support for Simpol growing in Ireland too, it makes sense to make sure you've signed the Pledge.
  3. Leading the Way: By supporting Simpol, you are joining a growing body of parliamentarians, statesmen, economists and thought leaders who realise that the world needs a way out of its present dilemma and that neither the UN nor traditional party politics, important though they are, can deliver on global challenges. You came into politics to make a positive difference to the world. Supporting Simpol offers you a complementary way to do that.

So please sign the Simpol Pledge today.

 

If I sign the Pledge, am I free to revoke it later?

Yes. But why would you want to?

  1. Since Simpol's policies remain a provisional work-in-progress and won't be implemented until all or sufficient nations support the campaign, they remain only a potential and, moreover, a potential that has not yet been fixed. So there can be no conflict between Simpol and your party's policies. 
  2. If you sign the Pledge, your national Simpol organisation will normally publicise that Pledge to all its supporters, so indicating who they should give strong voting preference to at the next election. But if you decided to cancel your Pledge, we would, of course, publicise that too. So, to cancel your Pledge makes no sense. It would only invite our growing block of supporters not to vote for you.
  3. Bear in mind, too, that one or more of your political competitors in your constituency may have signed the Pledge. So, if you were to cancel your Pledge, you would only be putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage.

In short, you can of course revoke your Pledge at any time if you wish, but there's really no reason to, and every reason not to. So please show yourself to be part of the global political solution by signing the Simpol Pledge. Show yourself to be more than just a national politician, but a global one too. Make Simpol a permanent political life-choice; a part of who you are.

How will non-democratic governments be included?

The process of Simpol's policy development is designed in two stages; the first to include the differing perspectives and priorities of supporters in each nation; the second, the need for a final set of policies which supporters and all governments can agree to, and implement.

Stage 1 would commence only when there is sufficient support in principle from politicians around the world. Stage 2 would commence once international support for Simpol was already widespread and the possibility of implementation was approaching.

  • Stage 1: Supporters engage in their own independent national processes for developing Simpol's policy content. In this way, national perspectives and priorities can be taken into account;
  • Stage 2: Representatives from each national Simpol organisation, as well as the representatives of non-democratic governments would meet to negotiate a final set of measures.

The details will become clearer as the process evolves and grows. In the meantime, Simpol needs YOUR Pledge to move the process further along!

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How can my party officially support Simpol?

Political parties may officially support Simpol by passing a resolution at their annual party conference (or in whatever forum is legally charged with policy making). Please download the template resolution in support of Simpol for consideration by your party.

For more background on why supporting Simpol makes political sense for your party, please contact us requesting our Political Parties Prospectus.

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National Simpol campaigns

For Simpol campaigns in other countries, please click here.

What Politicians are saying about Simpol

Jose Ramos-Horta

President of East Timor. Nobel Peace Prize Laureat

"I am pleased to confirm to you my interest in endorsing the Simultaneous Policy campaign and to be as active in its support as I can."

Sir Richard Body

Former Conservative Member of Parliament, UK 

"The really big issues today now cross national frontiers and individual governments cannot cope with them in isolation. This is where Simultaneous Policy comes in. … [It] is the only way a host of problems can now be solved. Simultaneous Policy is the alternative.”

The late Anthony Wedgewood Benn

Former Labour Member of Parliament, UK 

"Simultaneous Policy is very stimulating... by substituting internationalism for globalisation, cooperation for competition, humanity for markets, and wisdom for materialism, you have unlocked a powerhouse for good."

Svend Robinson

Former Member of Parliament, Canada

"Simultaneous Policy is indeed a fascinating and important contribution to the global movement to construct creative alternatives to our current system of international relations. I am particularly struck by the Policy's direct answers to the fundamental problems of competitive global relations.”

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Philip Hollobone MP

Simpol-pledged UK Conservative MP

"If the world can act together to tackle global issues then the greater the chance of success."

Catherine McKinnell MP

Simpol-pledged UK Labour MP

"So many of today's challenges need an international effort to combat them, so I am delighted to make my pledge to support Simpol."

Phil Chandler

Pledged UK Green Party candidate

"I have signed your pledge with delight. I very much admire the way you and SIMPOL have pursued this idea over what must be decades. It seems completely the correct way to proceed."

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