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Howling into a vacuum

Over at the TUC's site, they have a message for the G20, which I do not doubt the Masters of the Universe have been waiting on with bated breath:

"Gordon Brown and his fellow G20 leaders must agree an overhaul of the global economy to promote jobs, justice and climate (sic) when they meet today (Thursday) in London, according to Put People First, an unprecedented alliance of more than 160 unions, development, environment and faith groups".

I rather like the idea of promoting climate. It is a bit like promoting gravity.

There's plenty of economically sub-literate bilge in the statement, and I would not want to waste pixels repeating it, but just take in this list of signatories:

"ActionAid, Action for Global Climate Community, ACTSA, Advocacy International, Akina Mama Wa Africa, AMREF UK, ATL, Avaaz, BECTU, BOND, Bretton Woods Project, CAFOD, Centre for Democracy and Development, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Change is Coming, Christian Aid, Compass, Concern Worldwide (UK), Co-operative News, Connect, Dalit Solidarity Network UK, Defend Council Housing, Engineers Against Poverty, Equity, Everychild, Fairtrade Foundation, Fatima Women's Network, Find Your Feet, Fire Brigades Union, Friends of the Earth, GardenAfrica, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, GMB, Green New Deal Group, Greenpeace, HelpAge International, Jubilee Debt Campaign, Lattitude, Merlin, Micah Challenge UK, MRDF, Musicians Union, Muslim Council of Britain, NASUWT, National Union of Journalists, National Union of Teachers, NEF, New Internationalist, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, One World Action, Oxfam, Pants to Poverty, PCS, People and Planet, Progressio, Prospect, Red Pepper, RMT, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Shelter, Stamp Out Poverty, STOP AIDS Campaign, Stop Climate Chaos, Synergy Centre, Tax Justice Network, Teach a Man to Fish, Tearfund, Thirty-eight degrees, Tourism Concern, Trade Justice Movement, Trades Union Congress, Trading Visions, Traidcraft, Transnational Institute, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, UCU, UK Aid Network, UNISON, UNITE, Usdaw, VSO, War on Want, Womankind Worldwide, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, World Development Movement, World Vision, WWF".

Stopped sniggering yet?

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Blogger Pearl said... 2:57 pm

As a U.S. citizen, I've no idea who many of these groups are, but I do enjoy the thought of Engineers Against Poverty.
Pearl

Oh, and I'm glad to see someone is finally promoting climate! I've been pro-climate for quite a while now...
:-)  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:23 pm

Pearl, beleive you me, a lot of them are organisations with about three members, including the cat.  



Blogger ScotsToryB said... 5:59 pm

'"Gordon Brown and his fellow G20 leaders must agree an overhaul of the global economy to promote jobs, justice and climate (sic) when they meet today (Thursday) in London, according to Put People First, an unprecedented alliance of more than 160 unions, development, environment and faith groups".'

Ach! I read it as an 'unprecedented silence'.

I am such an optimist.

C, can you introduce me to Pearl?


STB.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:07 pm

STB - a consummation devoutly to be wished. Alas no, however, these folk are forever missing opportunities to be silent.

Pearl is a first time poster, so I would be no great use as an intercessionary.  



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