Chris Trotter is off in lala-land again today, whimsically over-stating the impact of 5000 smelly hippies blocking up the Auckland CBD.
Parliament resumes sitting on Tuesday, 9 February. The slow wending of the TPPA document through numerous select committee hearings; followed by the Government’s enabling bill’s passage through the four stages of parliamentary debate; both will provide excellent opportunities for carefully targeted protest action. Likewise, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trades’ (MFAT’s) travelling road-show of public presentations intended to “sell” the Government’s pro-TPPA position to the electorate. All should be seen as educative political events, reinforcing the anti-TPPA’s core messages of diminished national sovereignty and a deepening democratic deficit.
The public’s appetite for protest action evaporated when half a million workers were seriously inconvenienced by the rowdies in Auckland. That protest was as big as you are going to get, and it wasn’t as big as you claimed it was. Don’t kid yourself pal. The TPPA does not diminish our sovereignty…if it does then so does every other treaty, including the Treaty of Waitangi, but I don’t see anyone else calling for those treaties to be renounced. Neither does the TPPA create a democratic deficit. For goodness sake you all claimed the end of our democracy was nigh, but where you all are marching the streets, enjoying freedom of association, freedom of speech and not a single person was arrested. It seems the democracy and our freedoms are perfectly intact despite your claims. Read more »