John Bunzl
John Bunzl is a businessman with a simple and powerful new vision for global governance. In 2000 he founded the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) and launched the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign.

Ever since the Simpol campaign started John Bunzl has worked tirelessly to reach out to citizens, activists, non-governmental organisations, politicians and business people to raise both their awareness and understanding of what global simultaneous policies could mean for humanity, prosperity and peace.

John Bunzl is passionate about a range of issues in global governance, from tax justice and regulation of the financial markets; sustainability standards; fair trade; military spending; to global warming.

Entries by John Bunzl

Brexit's Causes Are Global - So Are the Solutions

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 6:57 AM

[Co-authored with psycho-historian, Nick Duffell]

The 'Brexit' shock is traceable to three causes.

• First, the alienation of a cherished national identity that underlies immigration fears, especially amongst older and less privileged voters.
• Second, the widening gap between rich and poor, as reflected in London's...

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These Days, All Nations Are Tax Havens

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 11:58 AM

The term "tax haven" suggests that low or no-tax countries are the exception. It conjures up the image of a handful of exotic small island states like the Cayman Islands. But today, just about all nations are tax havens. To the extent that they all seek to keep their national...

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Collective Action Is Dead, Long Live Collective Action!

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 8:07 AM

In a little over a month, the world's leaders will assemble in New York to sign a global agreement on tackling climate change. The agreement - a somewhat-surprising result of marathon talks at the climate change conference in Paris last year - goes beyond what so many of us expected...

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Green vs. Competitive: The Stalemate Continues

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 6:12 AM

[Co-authored with David Saddington]
2016-01-07-1452167643-2006965-iStock_000007219877Small.jpg In the closing moments of 2015 an 'historic' deal was brokered in Paris which not only set about limiting greenhouse gas emissions but also set about changing the fundamental ways in which we do business. Free...

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France, Greece, and Now Spain: A Renaissance of the Left?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 4:50 AM

With Podemos, Spain's left-wing anti-austerity movement, making dramatic gains in the local and regional elections, a discernible renaissance of Left-wing parties across Europe seems to be under way. France was first to break the centre-right, business-friendly mould when Francois Hollande was elected President in 2012. Greece then followed...

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The Dilemma for Labour: Authenticity or Electability?

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 4:23 AM

Now the shock result of the general election is dissipating, the identity crisis for the losing parties is settling in.

Most of the analysis focuses on Labour - 'Where did they go wrong?' being the question asked and answered with exhaustive alacrity, if sadly little insight.

Labour's predicament...

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Designing Global Cooperation So It's In the National Self-Interest

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 6:34 AM

What does it take to secure a meaningful international agreement on tackling climate change? In a year that saw the US and China make historic (but as-yet untested) pronouncements on reducing their carbon emissions, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's meeting in Lima lay groundwork for a multilateral...

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The World Economic Forum's Competitiveness Contradiction

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 7:07 AM

The release of the World Economic Forum's 2014-15 Global Competitiveness Report has brought swathes of articles from the global media, as politicians, business people and commentators clamour to rejoice or recriminate over the rise or fall of their nation's ranking amongst the world's most competitive countries....

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Russell Brand Isn't Responsible for the EU Election Result, We Are

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:34 AM

Two things are very apparent following the European Elections - very few people in the UK voted (fewer than in the last election), and those who did abandoned the usual suspects to put their support behind isolationist parties like UKIP.

As we've come to expect in modern politics, the regrets...

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When Voting Loses Its Meaning, the Far-Right Triumphs

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 10:27 AM

2014-05-27-imagesCAJSE17G.jpg The "earthquake" promised by Britain's UK Independence Party, France's Front National, and other populist parties across Europe finally arrived with the results of the European elections. But the real story behind the rise of these parties is neither an over-bearing European...

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Even With the Ballot Box, We're ALL Boxed In

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 10:41 AM

John Mills, owner of TV shopping channel JML and one of the Labour Party's biggest donors, laments how similar Labour's economic policies are to the Conservative party's; how 'boxed in' the Labour leader, David Miliband, has become. Mills' lament echoes much of the rest of society which, seeing...

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Fracking: Are Environmentalists Missing the Point?

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:00 AM

With Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of fracking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, it seems environmentalists still haven't understood what they're up against. For the problem isn't fracking, but something broader, more global, and far more pervasive.

Environmental campaigners seem to think...

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Hollande: Why Those Who 'Play Away' Always Get Found Out

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 4:17 AM

It's hardly surprising French President François Hollande's love trysts would eventually be found out. But even more inevitable was the early demise of his love affair with a Left-leaning agenda. For those who believe national leaders still have any significant choice in their policies are living in the...

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Why Kofi Annan Is Wrong About National Self-Interest and Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 7:31 AM

Following the disappointing Warsaw climate talks last month, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has admonished governments to "put aside narrow national interests in order to ensure that the pledges made at the 2009 Copenhagen conference -- to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees...

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Russell Brand: New Revolutionary?

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:22 PM

It's true that popular political causes need powerful expression. And there's no doubt Russell Brand struck a chord when he was interviewed recently by Jeremy Paxman. Paxman readily acknowledged that there are many, myself included, who agree with Brand's views on global justice, the environment, and on...

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What Does It Mean to Be a Leader?

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:25 AM

What does it mean to be a leader?

Is it authority and power alone? Is it the ability to front a large multinational or hold the fates of employees in our hands? Or does our vision of meaningful leadership extend beyond simply being at the top?

Such questions...

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Why We LOVE to Moralise About Corporations Not Paying Enough Tax

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:03 PM

We, and our politicians, love to moralise about the rank unfairness of multinational corporations paying so little tax. And it's quite understandable we should. As we suffer austerity measures on one side and higher food and energy bills on the other, why should multinational corporations get off so lightly? Well,...

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Ukip: Why Globalisation Benefits Right-Wing Parties

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 6:46 AM

Why all the fuss about Europe when Ukip's rise isn't because of an over-bearing Europe, but because of globalisation? No one seems to have noticed that Ukip is not an isolated phenomenon. Right-wing, isolationist political parties are on the rise throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Their increasing popularity lies in the...

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Book Review: 'Divided Nations' by Ian Goldin

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:29 AM

This is a great little book that tells you everything you need to know about global governance and why it's failing. Existing global institutions such as the United Nations may have served the post-WW2 world relatively well, but they're manifestly failing to meet today's challenges: "The future...," Ian Goldin notes,...

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The Right Mourn Thatcher; The Left, Any Sense of Direction

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 7:46 AM

"Divisive" is the word that perhaps most accurately characterises reflections on the recent passing of Baroness Thatcher. But paradoxically, as David Cameron pointed out today, the day of Mrs. Thatcher's funeral, "we are all Thatcherites now". That is, politicians of all colours now broadly agree about...

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