What is Labour’s real position on free trade

Labour is again sending mixed signals on the TPP deal.

At their conference they passed a resolution to oppose the TPP, but now they appear to be right behind the agreement with Phil Goff coming out and telling us all how much we can benefit from the deal. The NZ Herald reports.

New Zealand would benefit more than most countries from a concluded Trans Pacific Partnership deal, former Labour trade minister Phil Goff told the Herald last night.

“We have the least barriers and therefore we have the least we have to give away,” he said. “Other countries have to give away much more.

“While there are all sorts of problems involved in this negotiation, you have to look at the wider picture and the wider picture is that each country will benefit from a successful conclusion to it but New Zealand will benefit more than most.”  

Mr Goff made his comments just before Trade Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the TPP ended four days of intense talks in Singapore in a bid to resolve the toughest issues.

Which of course makes his xenophobic land ownership bill all the more strange.

Meanwhile Clare Curran is pushing the anti-agenda hard on Red Alert, seemingly the last blogger standing in the ghost town that site has become.

Labour just seem flakey on the issue. The union backers and hard left are opposed implacably to the TPP and the right of the party supportive.

Perhaps Goff has used the peace and quiet of David Cunliffe being overseas to mouth off to push Labour closer to winning side in this argument?

For once though Phil Goff is right, this agreement would be of huge benefit to New Zealand. You have to wonder why Labour is so opposed.


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