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Thursday, November 06, 2008

People Change Politics

[Apologies for the reposting. Trying out some new blogging software on my iPhone]

There are some cynics who believe that we are powerless to bring about massive change. I would strongly disagree with that. would Friends of the Earth UK.

Message to supporters:
Together we've done it!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us on our Big Ask campaign. Together we have finally got a strong Climate Change Law.

Parliament voted on 28 October for the world-beating legislation after a 3 and a half year campaign by Friends of the Earth. The first of its kind in the world, the Law is a huge step in the fight against climate change.

The Law commits the Government to 80 per cent cuts in the UK's emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, including emissions from aviation and shipping, and with annual targets along the way to keep us on track.

This really is an astonishing achievement. And you helped make this happen - thank you!

And there's more great news for the planet: Obama got elected! This is fantastic, what we've needed for so long.

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Yay Obama!

[Watch Obama's victory speech in full on the BBC]

What an historic day. A day I am very happy to be alive and witnessing. Bloomin' marvellous.

I've been looking at photos of reactions around the world for the last hour. Reading the editorials, learning about Obama's background. It's clear that a lot of the world is as happy as I am.

What a day for democracy! This is really what it's all about. Millions of people simultaneously saying "Yes, we want change". It makes me proud to be, er, British, with American friends.

This is not just the election of a new president, this could be the beginning of a significant change in direction for a country we love to hate. The election of Obama could fundamentally alter my attitude towards the US. I might even find myself wanting to visit there again. No, but seriously, I feel the barriers are melting.

For me, Obama represents the diversity of the modern multicultural world we now live in. Here's a quote from the Guardian:

Barack Obama won the US presidential election by building a broad rainbow coalition of voters embracing younger people under 45, black people, Hispanics, independents, moderates, people from most income groups, and women.

White males apart, McCain attracted majority support in a limited number of categories, including older Americans, evangelical Christians, and conservatives – the bedrock of the Republican base. This apparent narrowing of the GOP's appeal will fuel speculation about the end of the Republican "era" that began in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan.

Reagan owed his victory to so-called Reagan Democrats, southern white blue-collar workers.

In the age of Obama, it is upwardly mobile, middle class suburban and ex-urban voters who are now changing the paradigm and setting the pace in states such as North Carolina and Virginia. Increasingly, they identify with the Democrats.

I've never paid any attention to US political parties before now, but I learnt a fair bit today, and am delighted the Democrats are in.

And check out his environmental policies! This is such good news for the world after years of a pro-oil anti-reform administration. The Earth can breath a sigh of relief!

What a great role model he is. What an inspiration. Ahh, it's bloomin marvellous. I'm so happy. This is a time to embrace.

hmmm. I'm going to watch his speech on race now.

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