Tuesday, September 26, 2006

We are delighted and honoured tonight to include a link to the July 7th Truth Campaign, and we urge that everybody with an interest in justice and truth sign their online petition for free right now. Also, please watch the excellent film
Ludicrous Diversion free online.

As somebody who missed one of the Aldgate Underground bombs by ten minutes I feel close to that particular event.

Such events are, of course, daily realities for the ordinary citizens of many countries around the world: notably Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of the invasions and occupations that - in the former case - Kofi Annan declared "illegal", but also in many other unreported and under-reported locations around the world where the global arms trade and our obsession with fighting for resources rather than sharing them wreaks its havoc.

The events of July 7th 2005 were deeply traumatic for us in the UK.

The July 7th Campaign are right to demand an independent public inquiry into the precise details and provenance of that trauma. In their own words:

"To date, not one piece of evidence has been released that could be used to convict someone in a court of law for what happened on July 7th and the government still has no plans to organise an Independent Public Inquiry into events that day.

We believe this will not suffice to stand as judge, jury and executioner for the victims, nor is it sufficient explanation for the injured and their families, nor London's commuters, or the wider British public who also have a right to know what happened and how it happened.

In order to address this, we have one simple demand, that the government RELEASE THE EVIDENCE which conclusively proves, beyond reasonable doubt, the official Home Office narrative."

Out of all the damage, the cynicism, and the fear from that day, the most heartening consequence of the carnage has been the steady, often subterranean process of growing solidarity in the UK - a drawing together, a willingness to co-operate more and compete less, and a dawning consciousness change that in the era of global warming and peak oil we can solve our problems only through dialogue, and not violence.

We are waging peace. We are bringing our troops home. Along with that, we must be humble - and apologise to the world for the many mistakes we have made, both at home and abroad. There is a time to hoist the white flag aloft and that time is right here, right now.

Independent inquiries are needed urgently.

The Rebirth of MCH:

Gone Phishing - apparently.

We're back...

Well, well, well. It's been a strange few days for us here at MCH HQ. After being unexpectedly blown off course, the Million Campaign Homepage has been fixed and can now be found here.

We express our sincerest apologies for any trouble caused to pixel holders and surfers who had been trying to access the MCH page and reserve pixels.

A spanner was thrown in the works and our smooth sailing came to an abrupt halt when the site was suspended, quite suddenly and without any warning. At that point, 23 organisations had already taken up our offer.

However, it emerged that we had been accused by an unnamed organisation of 'phishing'. A stern letter of complaint has now been sent to our hosting provider, emphatically refuting that allegation, a portion of which is reproduced here:

"... The notion that the unsolicited emails we send out OFFERING pixels for FREE are spam, let alone phishing, is risible. We ONLY send emails to specifically targeted groups and orgnisations whom we believe may be interested.  If people are not interested in our offer they are at perfect liberty to delete our emails.  Equally we are not asking for passwords, bank details, credit card details, or any other sensitive information which could be used to defraud anyone.  All we are asking for are logos or Favicons and web addresses - information freely available and impossible to use for fraudulent purposes..."

So let's summarise - just so we're absolutely CLEAR:

1) Pixels on the site REALLY ARE FREE. We know it might be hard to believe - but it's TRUE.

We are interested in BUILDING BRIDGES, not making money.

2) We wouldn't even know HOW TO 'PHISH' since our minds don't work that way. In fact, we were just as flattered as outraged to be accused of such serious, high-level internet fraud.

"Blimey," we thought, "They think we're gangsters!".

We hate to break it to you but we're just not that clever!

3) If you receive an email from uksolidarity@googlemail.com regarding our offer, don't be scared - it's just us!

MCH ONLY sends emails to small campaigns, groups & organisations across the UK who we believe COULD be interested in FREE pixels on our site. That's it.

So please don't accuse us of phishing.

It's not nice. And it's not true.

Thank You.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Unfortunately we have been beset either with technical difficulties or, alternatively, foul play. At the moment the MCH is not available.

We are hoping to fix the rigging as soon as possible. Once it is repaired our ship will once again hit the ocean and sail into the deep blue yonder.

Matthew Edwards

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Far more rapidly than we had anticipated, our little MCH toddler has reached Volume 11!

Our aim, when the full million pixels have been reserved, is to have the Million Campaign Homepage screaming out at volume 1600.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Amidst the sound of popping champagne corks (well, more like bottles of rum), The MILLION CAMPAIGN HOMEPAGE has now gone live and direct!

Conceived somewhere over the summer heatwave, the MCH was officially born on August 7th 2006. Now it is toddling around. We are honoured to have the first tiles in our cybermosaic dedicated to organisations and individuals furthering social and environmental harmony - the first one of all, rather symbolically, was a group called Leave Them Kids Alone who campaign against the hideous erosion and abolition of the rights of children in this totalitarian regime we are living in.

It is five years since the events in the USA of 11th September 2001, and it is high time for an audit of what has occured over those five years. There has been little else but an awful lot of tyranny, war, and fear. Vast accumulations of resources have been squandered on these risible and infantile squabbles. The fact of the matter is that either the whole episode is a case of direct and orchestrated collusion between both sides - the 'Reichstag burning' thesis - or, if nothing else, the seeds of al-Qaeda were sown by Western governments in the conflict in Afghanistan in an attempt to destabilise the Soviet empire. As the wonderful British singer Sarah Bear righty stresses, we reap what we sow.

Either way, it has been five years of pure failure. As a global commons we are charged with the responsibility of making a better world for future generations.

Firstly let me say an enormous thank you to a lady from the UK called Tina Louise who has been running a superb campaign called ArmsAgainstWar.

With her poetry and her activism she has kept us all positive during this dreadful era, and was the first person to express support for our Million Campaign Homepage idea.

If everybody in the UK who abhors the useless invasions we are involved in in Iraq and Afghanistan wears a white armband on October 9th, the day Parliament theoretically reconvenes, then we can make peace and bring British troops home.

I am currently reading Jared Diamond's beautiful book Collapse. It is a visionary book, ranging across time and cultures to explore what makes a society collapse and what saves a society.

Given the extent of the climate crises facing the planet, we need to get working together. This is a question of life and death - writ large. It will be solved by the principle of thinking globally and acting locally.

Another book I am looking forward to eagerly is George Monbiot's Heat: How To Stop the Planet Burning.

When there is an emergency, you rush for the paramedics and the surgeons. Whoever we are, we all have a path and a field of operation. However humble each part of the jigsaw, our actions added together forge powerful movements potent paradigm shifts.

Plan A - turbo-capitalism, consumerism, war, tyranny, deceiving politicians, plutocracies, oil gangsterism - is not working.

In the era of peak oil it is high time for Plan B!