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Government snooping: email your MP

April 17th, 2012 by

Surveillance Officer

Internet snooping – what’s David Cameron’s next move? The next two weeks are crucial. The government could decide to push ahead with their plans to spy on all of us. Or they could realise the public outcry will be overwhelming and they need to back down.

They will decide which way to go before the “Queen’s Speech” on 9th May. That’s the official ceremony where the Queen reads out David Cameron’s plans for next year.

We can win this campaign – if we turn up the pressure before 9th May. Lots of Lib Dem and Conservative MPs have already spoken out against the plans. Now we need to get enough of them to write to David Cameron and tell him how unpopular these plans are – to make him realise he has to back down.

If you’ve got a government MP – can you take 2 mins to send them a short email asking them to write to David Cameron calling for the plans to be dropped?

David Cameron has been having a tricky few weeks, and knows he is currently behind in the polls. He won’t want another unpopular issue on his hands! If he starts getting letters from dozens of government MPs, all telling him the snooping plan is bad news, it could convince him he needs to drop it from the 9th May Queen’s speech.

Over 130,000 38 Degrees members have now signed the petition against the plan. We’re coming together to stand up for our privacy on the Internet, because we know what a powerful force for good the web can be. The government has no business placing us all under surveillance.

Write to your government MP and tell them to speak out against the snooping plans.

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72 hours to stop the rip-off

March 28th, 2012 by


Photograph by IvanClow (Flickr)

It’s incredible! In just a couple of weeks, over 200,000 of us have signed up to the Big Switch – a people-powered effort to stop gas a electricity companies from ripping us off. But if we’re going to take on these big energy bullies and win, we need to be bigger… much bigger.

The Big Switch is making history. It’s a simple idea – using the internet, we bring together gas and electricity customers across the country in a pledge to switch their supplier. Then we work with consumer experts at Which? to negotiate cheaper rates on our behalf. Once we’ve driven the hardest bargain possible, we switch to the supplier offering the best deal.

At the beginning of April the Which? negotiators will be rolling up their sleeves to start negotiating the cheapest prices. That means there are just 72 hours left to sign up to get involved. Don’t miss out, click here to Sign Up.

A quick reminder of how this works:
1. Sign up - join other 38 Degrees members to get a fair deal on gas and electricity
2. Share it with your friends - the more of us who get involved, the stronger our bargaining position
3. Bargain - we work with Which? experts to negotiate with gas and electricity companies
4. Switch - If you like the deal we negotiate, switch easily online

Sign up now, you can always pull out later if you like. Then forward this email to any friends and family who also want cheaper bills.

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NHS risk register: last minute debates

March 19th, 2012 by

NHS Petition Handover to Lord Owen

38 Degrees's David handing over petition to Lord Owen today

This morning 38 Degrees delivered a petition to Lord David Owen carrying almost half a million of our names, calling for the health bill to be withdrawn and rethought.

This afternoon, Lord Owen, an influential crossbench peer, held up the petition in the House of Lords. He used it to remind Lords and Baronesses how many of us care about the risks that these reforms pose to our NHS. Baroness Jay mentioned our petition in the debate too.

Lord Owen then called for for a vote on whether all discussions about the government’s plans should be postponed until the government publishes the national risk report which explains its dangers.

Sadly, Lord Owen lost the vote by 213 to 328.

38 Degrees members have been working together to save the NHS for well over a year now. We’ve emailed our MPs, written to Lords, put up posters, paid for billboards in our towns and handed out leaflets to spread the word. We’re the first people to present a petition in the House of Lords since the early 1990s.

Right now, the 38 Degrees office team are figuring out what this vote means for the NHS campaign. What do you think we should all do next?

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