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UK General Election 2015

Dear Friends,

Not long to go to polling day on Thursday 7 May. I have a long held wish that I very much want to share with you.  I dearly hope that this is your wish too:

Let us make this day the day that we chose the common good

By the "common good" I'm referring to a broad evolution beyond values and actions that serve narrow self-interest, and towards those guided by inclusiveness -- supporting well-being, happiness, economic prospeity and success, security, human rights and stewardship of resources for the benefit of all, rather than just for some, as it currently is.

The principle of the common good reminds us that we are all responsible for each other – we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers – and must work for social conditions which ensure that every person and every group in society is able to meet their needs and realise their potential. It follows that every group in society must take into account the rights and aspirations of other groups, and the well-being of the whole human family.

The rise of the common good reflects a sense of global citizenship and an obligation to be a good ancestor to future generations who inhabit this planet. Moreover, the practice of the common good is beginning to emerge as a transformative, inspirational and aspirational alternative way to approach our polarised socio-political/economic, spiritual and cultural existence.  It is at the heart of a profound generational shift that has the potential to strengthen civil society and place human dignity at the heart of economic and political decision-making.

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In the country I wish to see, we value ourselves, and we value each other.  In this new country, it is an honour to serve, where the highest good is the common good

The future is full of risk and perils for our planet and all peoples.  If we are to survive we must surely build cultures of peace, justice, kindness, and trust, and we must walk together to face the future.  The journey, for sure, will be much more secure and fruitful if we begin to walk the walk together for the common good.

Imagine a political system that puts the public first.  Imagine the economy and markets serving people rather than the other way round.  Imagine us placing values of respect, fairness, interdependence, and mutuality at the heart of our economy. Imagine an economy that gives everyone their fair share, at least an appropriate living wage, and no zero-hour contracts.  Imagine where jobs are accessible and fulfilling, producing useful things rather than games of speculation.  Imagine where wages support lives rather than an ever expanding chasm between the top 1% and the rest.  Imagine a society capable of supporting everyone’s needs, and which says no to greed.  Imagine unrestricted access to an excellent education and healthcare.  Imagine hunger being eliminated, no more food banks and soup kitchens.  Imagine each person having a place he/she can call home.  Imagine all senior citizens living a dignified and secure life.  Imagine all the youth leading their lives with ever-present hope for a better world.  Imagine a planet protected from the threat of climate change now and for the generations to come.  That’s the country I wish to see and I believe we have the means to do it, if we all vote in the interest of the common good.

Imagine voting with our conscience for the common good on Thursday 7 May 2015 and to consider that voting for reasons greater than our own self-interest would be in our mutual self-interest, well-being and security.

Read more on why we should take action in the interest of the common good on Thursday 7 May 2015:

UK General Election 2015: Breakthrough for the common good – Dare to imagine that

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