Breaking down the barriers to solving world problems
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to citizen's frequently asked questions about Simpol.

Is Simpol a political party? Can I vote for you?

Simpol isn’t a political party - it's better than that! When you become a Simpol supporter, you agree to give strong preference in future national elections to candidates who have signed the Pledge to implement Simpol. That way, politicians know they have to sign the Pledge if they want the best chance of receiving your vote and the votes of the growing number of other supporters.

Prior to an election, we inform all the candidates standing in your electoral area that you're a supporter of Simpol, so encouraging them to sign the Simpol Pledge. As the number of Simpol supporters continues to grow, politicians have a strong incentive to sign it. Those that do are then published on our website so you know who to give preference to on election day. 

Does that mean I can't vote for my preferred candidate?

Not at all! By signing as a supporter, you’re stating that you’ll give “strong preference” to candidates who’ve signed our Pledge “to the probable exclusion” of those who haven’t.

We’ll use your support to encourage your MP or the political candidates standing in your area to sign the Pledge. If they want your vote at the next election, they know they’ll stand a better chance if they sign it. That way, you can still vote as you please but you encourage ALL the candidates to support Simpol, so making it more likely that your preferred candidate will be one of them.

Can I get involved in shaping Simpol's policies?

Yes! Once we start the process of policy development, we’ll include steps to ensure citizens are consulted on their content. Simpol supporters can play a direct part in bringing that process together and have your say in what’s included. Get in touch if you’d like to know more. 

Politicians will sign anything - how can we be sure they really mean it?

Some politicians sign the Simpol Pledge because they think Simpol is a good idea. Others may do so because it could gain them more votes. But remember! Simpol doesn't get implemented until all or sufficient nations are on board. So until that point arrives, there is nothing for a politician to go back on. Cancelling his/her Pledge therefore makes no sense and would only risk them losing the votes they hoped to gain. And by the time enough international support for Simpol has been achieved, it will only be in their best interests to make it work. 

Does Simpol only work in democratic countries?

Only citizens with the right to vote can support Simpol via democratic means.

However, the governments of non-democratic nations can still sign their support for Simpol. Global issues affect all nations – including non-democracies - and many of them are feeling the effects of issues like climate change and tax competition even more than their democratic counterparts. It’s in their best interests to support a Simultaneous Policy approach. We imagine that many will get involved in Simpol once a number of democratic nations are on board and policy development begins. 

Who's involved in Simpol?

Presently, Simpol is run by volunteers in various countries around the world, lead by founder John Bunzl, and guided by Simpol's Founding Declaration. We take guidance and support from citizens, academics, behavioural scientists, NGOs and anyone with a deep interest in solving global problems. To maintain its independence and objectivity, Simpol accepts no donations from for-profit organisations. 

Isn't it the job of the United Nations to solve global problems?

In an ideal world, wouldn’t that be great? However, although most (but not all) countries have a seat at the UN table, the power to make decisions falls mainly to the United Nations Security Council – a small group of countries who exercise their power and vested interests. Simpol offers an alternative yet complementary route to solving global problems, ensuring that decisions on global issues are negotiated effectively and in all nation’s interests. 

How is signing on to Simpol different from signing a petition?

Signing a petition is just your signature. By signing on to Simpol you're engaging something much more powerful which politicians ultimately cannot ignore: your vote! Simpol isn't just a campaign that hopes global problems might get solved, we’re a process for making sure they can be.

If you have any further questions about Simpol, please e-mail us.

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FAQs for Politicians

See the special FAQ section for Politicians.