I write about a lot of big causes on this site, so it’s nice to see a few of them making progress. There are three breakthroughs to celebrate this week:
1) The European Union is due to suggest changes to the Common Fisheries Policy today, making a new set of recommendations that could see an end to discards and the start of sustainable fishing. It’s just proposals and not the victory declared by the front page of the Metro yesterday, but it’s still a big step forward. If you haven’t signed the Fish Fight petition yet, you can do so here.
2) Members of the European Parliament voted this week on plans to regulate speculation on food, and rejected amendments from financial interests that sought to water down the proposals. We’re a long way from controlling commodity speculators (expect plenty of squealing from the City), but it’s a positive move towards the end of profiting from hunger.
3) The proposed takeover of BSkyB by News Corporation never was in the public interest. It’s taken a major media scandal to slow it down and get the politicians to pay attention, but it’s now looking increasingly unlikely. Britain’s democracy is severely weakened by media monopolies, Murdoch’s in particular, and this week has gone some way to putting that right.