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If campaign – letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

I was delighted by your words on You-tube regards the IF campaign, when you said: “I welcome the NGO campaign on food”, and went on to say: “I’m determined that this coalition government will listen to their (NGO supporters’) passion and lead the world.” And: “We need to tackle the root causes of hunger not just the symptoms.”

Inspiring words indeed which you followed with: “We’re going to be taking action to promote transparency in extractive industries so the wealth of developing countries is used to tackle hunger and poverty and not stolen by a corrupt elite.”

Then finally I heard you say: “We’ll work to ensure that everyone pays the tax they owe and we’ll promote trade to spur growth and wealth creation.”

Although you only spoke for a few minutes what you said was very encouraging and gave a strong impression that you and your government are right behind the IF campaign. In fact what the IF campaign is asking for is very precise and also extensive. So I feel bound to ask, as many people would be very disappointed to know otherwise, whether you have accepted what IF is asking for in its entirety or not.

It would also be very helpful to know, once the G8 has completed its meetings, where you believe progress on the IF requests has been made and where it has not.

I look forward to hearing from you.

David Murray.

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