Just before I left CAFOD (the Catholic aid agency where I worked until December 2004), I put forward a proposal to invite partners and the public to write open letters to G8 which meets in Edinburgh in June 2005.
The G8 is a group of the eight richest governments in the world who meet annually, and have the power to end poverty but instead continue to promote policies that deepen poverty.
One of my former colleagues, Tara Burke who led on the project, wrote this week to say that they had an amazing response to the request for letters. CAFOD has published many of them on their website.
They make for powerful and compelling reading and should be compulsory texts for the new Labour Government.