Thursday, January 27, 2005

My chancellor is better than your chancellor

Yesterday, Gordon Brown announced that the UK will £960 million ($1,800,000,000) to "lift the developing world out of poverty and improve the health and education of millions of children." The most encouraging news is that Gordon Brown has been influenced by the Church to help others, especially in Africa.

Brown, like Tony Blair, belongs to Christian Socialist Movement. He wants action to go with his belief.
“I believe that this year is a year of great challenge but also a year of great opportunity and – potentially – of destiny,” Gordon Brown said.

“I believe that in this year we, the international community, can agree a plan for a new deal between developed and developing countries as bold and as generous as the Marshall Plan of the 1940s.”

So do I. And so does President Bush apparently. In his inaugural address, President Bush declared,
"In America's ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence.

Take 5 minutes to open MS Word and write a letter to the President or your representative in Washington to let them know that fighting grinding poverty is an important value issue to you. You can find all the information you need on the search link on the right hand side of this page. Don't have five minutes? Get over to MakePovertyHistory and sign up for some action or to send some e-mails to the G8 leadership.