38 Degrees members decide together what we campaign on. Polling enables us to get a clear picture of what the priorities are. Last month, thousands of us voted on the next set of campaign priorities for 38 Degrees. The results are now in.
We started off suggesting ideas on our Facebook group, Twitter, our Blog, on the website and by email. Then volunteers in the office worked though the thousands of ideas .
Once a picture started to emerge, we drew up a list of the most popular. Then we all had the chance to vote on the campaigns we thought were most important. In the last few days volunteers in the office have been working through the responses.
The top results are:
- NHS: Make sure the NHS isn’t run down or privatised
- Banks: Push for taxpayers to get a fair deal from bailed-out banks
- Fuel Bills: Stop energy companies imposing rip-off increases to gas and electricity bills
- Foreign Arms Dealing: Stop UK arms companies selling weapons to oppressive governments
- Forests: Keep speaking up for our forests and challenge future attempts to sell them
- Tax-dodging: Demand a clamp down on tax dodging
People who voted ‘a lot’ for each of the campaigns. Click the image for the full data.
These results will determine where we put most of our efforts over the coming months. The give the staff team a clear steer as to where to focus their efforts researching campaign opportunities and developing ideas for action. We won’t be able to do everything immediately. Sometimes we have to wait for the moment when we can effectively create change by moving together. For some campaigns, a lot of members voted that we shouldn’t campaign on them at all.
It’s clear that the NHS is still a big priority for us, so we’ll carry on working to protect it from privatisation and other threats. Already we’re getting some independent legal advice to see exactly what Lansley’s new plans for the NHS mean.
On forests, we’re currently collecting everyone’s answers to the Independent Panel on Forestry’s questions. We’re going to hand them over, so that the panel knows the sheer number of us who are passionate about protecting England’s forests.
The next few months might be a little quieter with summer holidays and parliament in recess. Some new campaigns might also emerge as a reaction to things that pop up in the outside world and taking action can’t wait.
What do you think?
What do you think of the results and are there any campaigns you think should be on the list?