Newsletter of 15th December 2011
Where to From Here?
Well the election is over and did we make a difference? That is very hard to know but certain facts are clear. There is now much more dialogue about income gaps and in particular, poverty. Almost every day there are opinion pieces and letters to the editor on these issues, we had confirmation from some of the political parties that income inequality is an important issue for them, the new Government has agreed to the establishment of a Ministerial Committee on Poverty, and the numbers “signing on”, “likes” on facebook and “followers” on twitter are growing albeit slowly.
But where to from here? We intend to continue with the website, adding and refining material when possible, encouraging people to “sign up” contribute on facebook and twitter, and enroll their friends and colleagues. But we think it time to assess where we are at, decide what should be the major focus over the next few months, and determine what resources we have to move forward. To this end we want a group of people who will help, comment on where we are at, take part in a “brain-storming” and winnowing process and help assemble the appropriate resources.
1. Please volunteer
2. Volunteers give comment on where we are at and our strengths and weaknesses
3. Volunteers start the brain-storming process with ideas as how and when to move forward
We would like the “brain-storming” part of the process to be complete within the month, say by the 20th January 2012 so those who can help please start as soon as possible, back to Peter at [email protected] .
By the way, an excellent book that follows on from “The Spirit Level” is “Ill Fares the Land” by Tony Judt published by Penguin in 2010
If you have not been convinced by “The Spirit Level” or our information, try this book, it will leave you in no doubt.
In the meantime a big thank you to all who have helped and given encouragement and support to this project, and in particular to the initial steering committee, those who helped with the incorporation process, those who have contributed on facebook and twitter and those who have helped with the website and local groups.
We wish you a good Christmas and holiday break and remember we are making a difference. We will achieve a “More Equal Society that is Better for All”
Peter and Nick