Positive Money: Quiz your MP, and other news

Positive Money tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sun Dec 4 23:54:16 GMT 2011

Positive Money

As the financial system starts to crumble in 
Europe, we’ve had another busy month spreading 
the word about the flaws in our debt-based 
monetary system. A big welcome to the 690 people who joined us this month.

In this newsletter:

1)      What’s been happening in November

2)      Find out what your MP knows about money!

3)      Meetups in Wales, Oxford, Belfast and Glasgow

4)      Latest from the Blog


1)      What’s been happening in November

Ben Dyson was in Scotland on Tuesday 1st and 
Wednesday 2nd November. This is a 
of his work over those 2 days.

On 15th Nov our article “Money has been 
privatized by stealth” was published on the 
Comment is Free section and it sparked some 
intense discussion, attracting lots of comments. 
It seems we touched a nerve at the 
blog though, where Izabella Kaminska had a few 
things to say, and this is our 
to her.

On Saturday 26th Nov Ben Dyson gave a talk at 
Tent City University at Occupy London. Many of 
the issues that the Occupiers are protesting 
about could be dealt with by stopping banks from 
creating money as debt, but spreading that 
understanding can be a slow process! Some of 
volunteers do spread the message via handing out 
the flyers in the protest camps. If you would 
like to help, here you can 
the flyers.

On 1st Dec we had the 3rd meetup in London, with 
a Q&A session with Ben Dyson and a more technical 
presentation by researcher Graham Hodgson 
explaining the recirculation of interest.

Throughout December we’ll be working on making 
the Positive Money message clearer and simpler so 
that it’s accessible to those who haven’t had the 
chance to study banking or economics. The 
complexities of the financial system are often 
used to mask the simple facts: that almost all 
money is created by banks, as debt, when we 
borrow from them, and that as a result, the 
public is forced into permanent indebtedness. More on this later.

2)      What Does Your MP Know About Money?


We need a constituent of every MP to send a 
letter asking your MP whether they actually 
understand that when banks make loans they are in 
fact creating new money from nothing. This will 
really help Positive Money to get some objective 
evidence on the level of comprehension within the 
Parliament as well as raise awareness of the problem with MPs.

Ideally we would like to have a local resident 
receive a response from every MP. This means that 
we need a person from every constituency in the 
UK to help us out. Can you help?

What will be required from you?
    * Download the template that Positive Money will provide
    * Edit the document with your MP’s name
    * Based on the response (Yes/No) send a 
follow up letter – again a template will be provided by Positive Money

If you are interested in helping out please send 
an e-mail to 
<mailto:info at positivemoney.org.uk>info at positivemoney.org.uk 
letting us know your name and either the name of your local MP or constituency.

We will be sending out the templates to those who 
have expressed support after Christmas to avoid 
our important question being lost in the Christmas period.

3)      Upcoming Meetups & Events

(West Wales), Thu 8th Dec

Thu 8th Dec

Wed 14th Dec

Christmas Social, Wed 14th Dec

4)      Latest from the Blog

Meacher MP: Are Banks the Untouchables?

be the Voice of Authority

Plan to Cut Debt is Failing" says Cameron

Not Pussyfoot Around with the Banks

Keen on BBC: Government Should Print Money to Pay off Our Debts

Britain Slips Back into Recession

for Riots in Euro Collapse, Foreign Office Warns

Owes $7 Trillion to Whom?

We’ll be in touch very shortly with the videos 
from our 
on October 29th and more plans for 2012 onwards.

Mira, Drew and Ben
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