Introducing 38 degrees

38 degrees is a new political campaigning organisation:

38 Degrees is a new organisation which brings you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you and bring about real change in the UK.

38 Degrees does not back any particular political party. We believe the interests of society as a whole should come before the self-interest of the few, and that long-term thinking should come ahead of short-term fixes. We will act to advance fairness, defend rights, promote peace, preserve the planet and deepen democracy in the UK.

38 Degrees are inspired by how organisations like GetUp.org.au in Australia, Avaaz.org globally and MoveOn.org and BarackObama.com in the USA have made a real impact by providing easy ways for people to take action on the issues they care about.

38 Degrees brings this model of campaigning to the UK and uses the latest technologies to enable people to take action, sometimes online, like a petition or sending an email to your MP or the editor of a local paper; or sometimes offline actions like calling or visiting your MP.

The name comes from the angle at which avalanches happen — I think it’s a shite name (Sunny Hundal agrees).

Their first campaign is a law to recall MPs (maybe they’ve been reading Amused Cynicism):

Political parties may suddenly be falling over themselves to “get tough” with the worst MP expenses offenders, but can we rely on politicians to clean up this mess on their own? At the moment we’re stuck with disgraced MPs until the next election, no matter what they have done. We need MPs to answer to us, and that means a new “recall law” to give local people the power to call a fresh vote and sack disgraced MPs.

How many other jobs do you know where once you’ve been hired the people who hired you can’t sack you for five years, no matter what you’ve done?. Let’s seize this opportunity to make MPs more accountable to us, for good.

They also have a blog. Are they any good? I’ll reserve judgement for now.

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