Tremendous Accolades for Austin Mitchell MP

Austin Mitchell MPBarbara Panvel, who created the Attwood Award in 2002, had said that it might be wise not have any expectations of the meeting.

Well, thanks to her remarkable efforts in the background I was over the moon! Kelvin Hopkins MP read messages from MPs’ and other well-wishers. John Johansen-Berg gave a most comprehensive overview of Thomas Attwood as a ‘historic model’ for monetary reform as an issue. He was followed by Patrick Baird from the Public Service for Archive and Heritage at Birmingham Central Library.

Then I showed these slides to illustrate the history of Early Day Motions which Austin addressed in his acceptance speech. I have never heard Austin Mitchell MP talking about the subject as animated before. He called money the ‘unseen manager’ and will definitely put an EDM down relating to the ‘credit crisis’. He had seen the ‘10 ways out of the credit crisis‘ in The Independent.

Lord Sudeley with his family’s bankruptcy and the fraudulent execution of his grandmother’s will represented the most prestigious historic ‘bank victim’, echoed by Lord Ahmed more recently. Elfyn Llwyd MP expressed his admiration before Dr. Molly Scott Cato, Economics Spokesperson of the Green Party in the UK, encouraged us not to be disheartened.

Other MPs as well as Baroness Uddin were in the audience and after a break we heard input from the followings speakers:

Andrew Lydon, Localise West Midlands

Colin Hines, the Green New Deal

Mike Grimsdale, former Bank Manager of Lloyds

Mike Croft, Founder of and The Caleb Group.

Dr. Lilly Evans, co-organiser of Dr. Muhammad Yunus at St. James’s Piccadilly.

We ended up in the tea room as an animated group of 12 until it closed at 5.30pm. Saying good-bye took ages in the sun lighting up the gold touches of the Palace of Westminster.

Coincidentally, a debate of the Economic Research Council on the Welfare State was the evening event For the first time I was not alone but took with me William Shepherd who has published the History of Usury.

A discussion of the Welfare State where John Bird MBE, the founder of the Big Issue, impressed me tremendously. He embodies what Muhammad Yunus advocates: social business.


3 responses to “Tremendous Accolades for Austin Mitchell MP

  1. It was a pleasure to see the fruits of hard work spreading and people really appreciating each others efforts. Something no money can buy!

    Congratulation to all and especially very able Chair.

    Lilly Evans

  2. Dear Lilly

    Thank You very much indeed for your support – not only in action but also in publicly accessible words!

    Onwards and upwards! Where else could we go?


  3. Here’s a detailed report from Barnaby Flynn who attended the event representing Simpol:

    Thomas Attwood Award, Hosted by the Forum for Stable Currencies, House of Commons, Committee Room 10, 22nd April

    The meeting was very interesting and enjoyable. The extraordinary life history of Thomas Attwood was explained by two speakers both from slightly different angles. Both histories showed how Thomas Attwood worked passionately for the common good and how he was loved by his people of Birmingham. It was said that that Attwood was an advocator of Monetary Reform but that political reform was the best way to achieve it. Funny that? I had the pleasure of sitting next to one of his descendants, Angela Shaw, who discovered her relation to the man only in the last few years.

    The Thomas Attwood Award was given to Austin Mitchell, for his tireless work promoting Monetary Reform and for his steadfastness to his principles. He was dubbed “the Labour Party Whip’s Nightmare.” Austin’s work for Monetary Reform principally involved leading Early Day Motions (EDMs) through parliament. The EDMs were principally, I believe for money to be introduced by the government, via the Bank of England, debt free and for the use of public services such as health and education. They did not push for full reform, i.e. for all money to be introduced by such methods. As we know at Simpol, this would be too much for any politician of any leading party to push for and even partial monetary reform seems to be too much. The order of the day is PPP Public Private Partnerships!

    Over the years, support for Austin’s EDMs on Monetary Reform has fallen; therefore, the focus of the speakers was “Where do we go from here?” Obviously, and as usual I was chomping at the bit, wanting to express what I could see as solutions to this problem, i.e. educate the public to understand our deeper predicament and simultaneously its solution – global destructive competition – and the compelling new solution – global grassroots co-operation driven via global mass participatory politics – Simpol. I think I am right in saying that Simpol i.e. democratic reform though on a global scale, is the same method as Thomas Atwood worked toward to push for monetary reform. However the problem then as is the problem still, is that there is still competition between nations. When we instil co-operation we can have peace, justice, sustainability and prosperity locally nationally and globally and best of all, we will have done it for ourselves.

    There were other excellent speakers talking of ways to reform money issuance and of social currencies. They were focused on a local level with aims to achieve repercussions on national and global levels. There were no speakers for full national reform, or for a full global system of issuance. Saying that, there was a speaker, Lord Ahmed who spoke of Islamic Banking and the Sharia law against usury and money issuance which is not backed by something physical, i.e. gold.

    I feel sure I have not given sufficient praise for the brilliant work shown to well underway by the speakers present but from the agenda list attached there are links to web sites.

    There was sadly no time for questions or suggestions from non-arranged speakers so I could not put forward Simpol as part of the solution. I did however get to speak to Austin Mitchell in the break. I gave him a quick resume of Simpol, an MP’s Pledge Form and a “Monetary Reform, Making it Happen via Simpol” book. Whilst talking to him I said that the Simpol Policies had not yet been decided but that they were being promoted and designed by Simpol supporters. I said that when sufficient countries had got on board the policies would then be approved and set by the Simpol supporters. Austin responded something along the lines of “To formulate those polices would take a long time,” to which I replied, “Not really because the policies needed to solve global problems, are bloody obvious.” Being a plain speaking Yorkshire man, I don’t think he minded my friendly impertinence.

    After the meeting I am pleased to say that the chair, Sabine McNeill and many other delegates went to the Houses of Parliament café for tea. There, I did discuss the positive news of new institutionally and popularly accepted local, national and global levels of mass participatory politics. How the Sustainable Communities Bill had recently become an Act of Parliament, how the UK Constitution was being drafted and how the Simpol campaign was also growing steadily. I tried to imply, and I believe it was agreed, that through these methods a positive future outcome could well be achieved.

    Free copies of “Creating a World Without Poverty” by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunas were available. He designed Micro Credit which has supported millions of people worldwide. I have a copy should anyone wish to read it.

    The attached meeting agenda has a list of delegates who came to the meeting, people who left congratulatory messages to Austin Mitchell and apologies from MPs and others. Please look at this for further information of the many new projects doing so much. I think we should contact people listed on the agenda to inform them of our awareness of their support for Austin Mitchell; of their interest in his cause and to make them aware of Simpol as a complementary method to achieve Social Currencies.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I found it very informative, made some strong contacts, hopefully warmed people to Simpol and perhaps even made some new friends.

    P.S. I think that when discussing monetary reform, the better term to use is “Social Currencies.” It denotes less of a going against the banks, more of creating a new system/adjusting and improving the present system, to be in line with new global ethics.

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