A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Euston Manifesto.....

I should like to recommend a read of the admirable, and much-needed, Euston Manifesto:
"We are democrats and progressives. We propose here a fresh political alignment. Many of us belong to the Left, but the principles that we set out are not exclusive. We reach out, rather, beyond the socialist Left towards egalitarian liberals and others of unambiguous democratic commitment. Indeed, the reconfiguration of progressive opinion that we aim for involves drawing a line between the forces of the Left that remain true to its authentic values, and currents that have lately shown themselves rather too flexible about these values. It involves making common cause with genuine democrats, whether socialist or not.

The present initiative has its roots in and has found a constituency through the Internet, especially the 'blogosphere'. It is our perception, however, that this constituency is under-represented elsewhere - in much of the media and the other forums of contemporary political life.

The broad statement of principles that follows is a declaration of intent. It inaugurates a new Website, which will serve as a resource for the current of opinion it hopes to represent and the several foundation blogs and other sites that are behind this call for a progressive realignment....." (read on)

If you agree with the values expressed, you might also consider adding your signature to the Manifesto. 'EnviroSpin' has readily consented to be an affiliated blog. The Manifesto has been widely reported and discussed in newspapers and magazines.

Philip, not a normal signer, or joiner, of things ["Natural awkward squad", as my mother would have said], but I find that I agree with so much (98%) of the Euston Manifesto that I have broken my normal reserve and willingly signed. The document is beautifully written and constructed, and, in my opinion, it is a much needed corrective in the UK.

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