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Jan 7th, 2010

What could 38 Degrees do in the general election?

By 38 Degrees team

Update: 95% of 38 Degrees members voted in an online survey that we should work together during the election. But what should we do? To give all members a chance to get involved we’ve launched an online consultation. To get involved sign up here

38 Degrees isn’t a political party. We don’t support a political party. Our members all have different political views, many of us support different parties, and many of us aren’t that keen on any of them.

But we do care what politicians do. The Westminster government has the power to act, or to fail to act, on issues that matter to us. Who’s in charge and what they do affects all our lives. Most of our people-powered campaigns have pushed the government to do something good, or stop doing something bad.

So where does the looming UK general election fit in? Is it a chance for us to work together as an independent, people-powered voice? Could an independent voice challenging all politicians be just what this election needs? Or is a general election, dominated be big-spend advertising and media spin, the very worst time for us to be trying to have an impact?

And if we do decide we should work together during the election, what should we do? Challenge all parties on their plans? Provide un-biased information about candidates’ records? Remind people to vote? Push candidates to support a specific policy? Maybe Recall? Something else entirely?

I’m glad that 38 Degrees is a member-driven organisation and I don’t have to work out these questions on my own. I’m looking forward to seeing what thousands of people think – please get involved and fill in the survey here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/election/

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