Truly appalling and cringe-making. As a NZ citizen, I sure as hell did not vote for our PM's political party, National. Nor the major oppostion party, Labour. They have a bipartisan approach to the TPPA "negotiations" unfortunately. There is some domestic opposition amongst NZ's population to TPPA drawbacks, but it is still weak. Growing though, with business interests standing to gain from TPPA signing a joint letter to some grand poohba whatever promoting TPPA. Most of us are more concerned about our All Black rugby team being pounded by the Poms (Englsh) last weekend....
My Prime Minister, John Key aka The Face, Mr Smile and Wave, is rather fond of the money market - good on him, he has made a bundle there - and the US. But I do wonder about his commitment to the welfare of ordinary NZ people, rather than just the rich here. I think NZ may be monstered in the TPPA "negotiations" if we are not very careful.
Some of our negotiators'/officials' egos may get in the way of our true interests. People with high opinions of themselves can be manipulated.
Because of the appalling secrecy surrounding the "negotiations", we do not have a clear idea of exactly what is going on. Our Parliament does not have to ratify any agreement. An undemocratic and disgraceful state of affairs!
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