The G20 meeting this weekend

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As the Guardian notes this morning:

Gordon Brown tonight called on the world's most powerful industrial nations to agree a programme of immediate and coordinated tax cuts to prevent the global economy sliding deeper into recession.

This is the wrong presecription for this weekend, unless that is you're a politician hoping to improve your ratings in opinion polls in advance of a general election in a little more than a years time. I have explained why here.

In contrast, today, a UK coalition of 24 of the most influential trade unions, development charities, environmental groups and religious leaders wrote to the Prime Minister calling on him to put people and the environment at the heart of the international economic system. The letter was sent as Gordon Brown leaves for the G20 Summit in Washington on Saturday 15 November.

I'm pleased to say that the Tax Justice Network was one of the 24 NGOs.