Breaking down the barriers to solving world problems
 

Information for Politicians, U.S. Representatives, Senators and Political Parties

The Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) is supported by an increasing number of Members of Parliament around the world. Please see the right-hand panel for details of MPs who have signed the Pledge. If you are a Member of a national parliament or Senate, we invite you to join them!

For basic information on Simpol, please see the other pages of this site. On this page you will find information which is especially relevant to politicians, political parties and governments, including their most frequently asked questions.

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

FAQs for politicians, political parties and party campaign managers

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, MPs, 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 download and submit a Pledge Form. 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 download and submit a Pledge Form and lend YOUR support to Simpol.

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

Simpol's policy content will, when the time comes, be developed by citizens via processes to be 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 is first forthcoming from politicians around the world.

Should that point be reached, these policy development processes will allow supporters in each country to design, propose and refine Simpol's policies. For this, they may draw on proposals from NGOs, politicians, think-tanks or on those provided by their own chosen 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 would remain open to revision at all times until the point of implementation so ensuring they are fully appropriate for then-prevailing world conditions
  • Democratic: Supporters joining the campaign after the launch of the policy development process would still have the opportunity to contribute until final policies had been internationally negotiated and agreed.

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 if sufficient support from politicians were forthcoming, politicians who sign the Simpol Pledge at this stage only offer their support to the campaign in principle. Should the process for developing Simpol's policy content eventually commence and result in any international agreement, and had you decided to sign the Pledge now, you as a politician would be asked 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 a risky commitment or put me in conflict with my party's policy?

No, for several reasons:

  1. The development of Simpol's global policies does not commence unless and until there is sufficient support in principle for Simpol from politicians around the world. Your support for the campaign at this stage represents only support in principle for Simpol as a process for potentially achieving global cooperation. If sufficient political support around the world were to emerge, and if any policies were developed and negotiated at the international level such that implementation could proceed, a re-confirmation of your Pledge would at that point be sought. By signing the Pledge now, therefore, there is no risk to you, and no conflict with your party's existing policies.
  2. Simpol's condition of simultaneous international implementation allows politicians to support a process by which desirable policies can be advocated on an appropriate basis. In our globalised world, many policies may be desirable in principle, yet impractical or harmful if implemented by any nation unilaterally. Supporting Simpol allows you to resolve that dilemma. It permits you to support a process of reform without any risk to national economic competitiveness. You can thus be seen to advocate far-reaching reforms while making clear the condition for your support; that condition being, that the policies are 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 downloading and submitting a Pledge Form

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 exlcusion of those who haven't. At the 2010 General Election, 200 candidates from all parties signed the Pledge. With support for Simpol growing, it makes sense to make sure you're amongst them.
  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 download and submit a Pledge Form 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 to be developed and wouldn't be implemented until all or sufficient nations support the campaign, they remain only a potential. Your, or your party's support for Simpol at this stage therefore represents support only in principle. So there is no risk and 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 sign 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.

How will non-democratic governments be included?

The process of Simpol's policy development would only commence once there is sufficient political support for Simpol around the world. The process, if and when it starts, will occur in two stages; the first to include the differing perspectives and priorities of supporters in each nation; the second, the international negotiation of a final set of policies which supporters and all governments can agree to, and implement.

  • Stage 1 would commence only once Simpol had gathered sufficient in principle support from politicians around the world to make policy-making worthwhile. At that point, national Simpol organisations would launch their own national policy development processes. In this way, national perspectives and priorities can be taken into account.
  • Stage 2 would only commence once international support for Simpol had become widespread and the possibility of implementation was approaching. The details of this international negotiation cannot be fully predicted at this stage. But it is anticipated that, for democratic countries, representatives from both national governments and their respective national Simpol organisations would be involved, side-by-side. Also involved would be the governments of non-democratic nations.

The details of these stages will become clearer as the process evolves and grows. In the meantime, Simpol needs YOUR Pledge to move the process forward! 

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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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What Politicians around the world, and from across the party-political spectrum, 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.”

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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Duncan Hames MP

Simpol-pledged UK Liberal Democrat MP

"I support Simpol as a way of tackling cross-border issues and addressing the 'prisoner's dilemma' of international competition. Naturally, the individual policies proposed for simultaneous impementation need to be considered on their merits at the time they are proposed."

Grahame Morris MP

Simpol-pledged UK Labour MP

"The global financial crisis has shown how weak international cooperation has been in reaching agreement on fundamental regulations and policies across all borders. I support any efforts to bring greater cooperation between nations."

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."

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Members of Parliament and Political Parties from around the world 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

Ireland

ConstituencyNamePartyDate Pledged
Cork N.C.Jonathan O'Brien Sinn Féin   23.2.16
DonegalPearse Doherty Sinn Féin   22.2.16
Dublin Bay N.Seán HaugheyFianna Fáil

 7.1.16

Finian McGrathIndependent 8.1.16
Thomas BroughanIndependent21.1.16
Dublin Bay S.Eamon Ryan Greens   18.1.16   
Dublin CentralMary Lou McDonald Sinn Féin   22.2.16
Dublin FingalLouise O'Reilly Sinn Féin

21.2.16

Dublin S.W.Sean Crowe Sinn Féin   14.1.16
Dublin S.W.Katherine ZapponeIndependent          8.2.16
KerryMartin Ferris Sinn Féin   22.2.16
Longford-WestmeathRobert TroyFianna Fáil 21.2.16
LouthGerry AdamsSinn Féin 22.2.16
OffalyCarol NolanSinn Féin 25.2.16

Luxembourg

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

United Kingdom

NamePartyDate Pledged
Aberdeen N.Kirsty Blackman MPSNP6.5.15
Aberdeenshire W. & KincardineStuart Donaldson MPSNP4.5.15
ArfonHywel Williams MPPlaid Cymru24.4.15
Ayrshire CentralPhilippa Whitford MPSNP2.5.15
Birmingham Hall GreenRoger Godsiff MPLabour11.10.07
BlaydonDave Anderson MPLabour27.4.15
Brighton PavilionCaroline Lucas MPGreens8.6.2004
CambridgeDaniel Zeichner MPLabour17.10.07
Carmarthen E. & DinefwrJonathan EdwardsPlaid Cymru18.8.15
Carshalton & WallingtonTom Brake MPLib Dem23.3.07
CeredigionMark Williams MPLib Dem20.8.06
CrawleyHenry Smith MPConservative19.4.10
Dudley SouthMike Wood MPConservative1.5.15
Dwyfor MeirionnyddLiz Saville Roberts MPPlaid Cymru3.5.15
EasingtonGrahame Morris MPLabour13.4.10
Edinburgh EastTommy Sheppard MPSNP

25.4.10

Edinburgh South

Falkirk
Ian Murray MP

John McNally MP
Labour

SNP

28.4.14

4.5.15
Fife North EastStephen Gethins MPSNP3.5.15
GlenrothesPeter Grant MPSNP3.5.15
Hayes & HarlingtonJohn McDonnell MPLabour31.1.05
Heywood & MiddletonLiz McInnes MPLabour3.5.15
KetteringPhilip Hollobone MPConservative7.12.06
Newcastle NorthCatherine McKinnell MPLabour26.4.10
Newport WestPaul Flynn MPLabour25.2.15
Oxford EastAndrew Smith MPLabour28.10.16
Renfrewshire EastKirsten Oswald MPSNP1.5.15
Richmond ParkSarah Olney MPLibDem29.11.16
StirlingSteven Paterson MPSNP3.5.15
Tyneside NorthMary Glindon MPLabour29.4.15
Weston-super-MareJohn Penrose MPConservative2.5.2005
Worsley & Eccles S.Barbara Keeley MPLabour8.3.15

 

Political Parties that support Simpol:

Democratic Reform Party