There's a moment in the Simpsons where Lisa Simpson asks Ned Flanders, "You aren't really signing power of attorney over to my Father are you"? And I feel that we've reached that point with the Trans Pacific Partnership.
I appreciate I'm to the left of most, and there's always an issue I'm banging on about, but all of you out there aren't seriously going to let Key sign this 'free trade' deal with America are you?
The Trans Pacific Partnership is going to strip us of the ability to make laws that benefit us. Did you know the only reason we can't have a quota of NZ content on TV, is because of earlier free trade deals that view that as protectionism?
If we sign the TPP, the Pharmaceutical Industry will be able to sue decisions by Pharmac if Pharmac chooses a cheaper medicine than they are offering. Read. My. Words. If Key signs the TPP, our medicine prices will rise for no other purpose than US corporate profit. The bloody agreement is designed to use the ability to challenge a funding procurement decision by Pharmac to intimidate the process and add the legal costs of their challenge to factor into the contract.
Gordon Campbell with this weeks must read on what the TPP will actually allow...
Essentially, the drug companies plan to use the TPP to expose Pharmac’s decision-making processes to challenge by other clinicians, and to create a subsequent route of appeal. First, to question the clinical evaluations being made by Pharmac’s PTAC committee beforehand, and then to legally challenge Pharmac’s subsequent pricing and subsidy decisions. This is what the drug companies mean when they use the cheery-sounding euphemism “transparency”
...the TPP will open Pharmac up to legal challenge, why on earth would we sign this?
Let's also be clear about Key's claim that this deal would make us $3billion. Well on the final iPredict Show last year, Tim Groser was clearly saying that Key's claims were false...
and in his June 2011 speech Groser said, Let me put down a marker: I ‘look forward’ with a certain weary sense to the inevitable attempts to ‘model’ the gains from TPP in some econometric model. I am a deep sceptic here.
Key's claims of this deal making us billions is not the message our trade negotiator gave the US embassy in a cable leaked on Wikileaks that complained NZ got nothing from the deal and that convincing NZers of a benefit would be the challenge.
I get that hollow feeling that John is going to return from town having sold all our cows for a handful of TPP magic beans.
If Key signs the TPP, our medicines go up, our ability to subsidize movies like The Hobbit is gone and protecting our SOE's will not be allowed.
The witch kings of the Nazgul all flew into town this week. The 5 spy chiefs involved in the Echelon spy program all met in NZ while Key pretended to not know who they were. Their meeting on the eve of the TPP should remind us that this isn't just a one sided trade deal, it's also a security leash that we are being integrated into with all the subtlety of the Borg.
This is America out of control wanting to stamp their claim on us in the face of a rising China.
Free Trade with America is like clean coal and good cancer. None of them exist.
You're not really going to let Key sign this eh?