Minister of Trade Tim Groser said that there would be meaningful benefits to New Zealand for joining the T.P.P. Mr Groser insisted that he had fought long and hard for concessions on dairying, but ended up admitting that the benefits would probably be paltry at best. Mr Groser said that the Government pharmaceutical buying agency Pharmac would not have its wings clipped, but has instead ended up admitting that there will be price rises on some medicines.
Mr Groser tried to hide evidence of erosion to New Zealand laws on human rights, intellectual property and environmental resource management. Instead we are starting to find out that all of the fears voiced are credible. We are starting to find out that the Investor State Dispute Settlement clauses really do exist, and that this is by no means the first agreement that they have been included in. We are starting to see the potential for corporations who suspect certain laws of hindering their ability to make profits manifest in the form of lawsuits – not yet in New Zealand, but probably only a matter of time – to sue unlucky countries in order to make their Governments repeal or drastically weaken the law in question.
This is not a Free Trade Agreement. It is not even a Trade Agreement. In fact it does not appear to be any sort of mutually beneficial agreement.
It is however a massive insult to every New Zealander who fought and died for New Zealander. it is a massive insult to every hard working, tax paying New Zealander who wants this country to fairly grow and be all it can. It is a massive insult to our reputation overseas as a progressive nation that strives to be the best and is well regarded around the world.
There is a word to describe actions by an individual or individuals against the state. That word is TREASON.
Is there a word to describe actions by the State against its people, the ones who elected it, who pay the taxes that fund it and abide by its laws?
I hope there is, because pretty soon we might have to use it.