Idiot Tim Groser says he is in a “war” over the TPPA

Now, I’m not a diplomat, but even I know that trade negotiations shouldn’t be talked about in public as acrimonious.

That will do absolutely no good.

Trade Minister Tim Groser insists the government will win the political “war” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal once the facts and figures can be laid out on the table.

Talks in Hawaii have ended without a finalised agreement, and Mr Groser said the nations involved were down to three final issues, and will meet again soon to iron those out.

Mr Groser said he believed reasonable people were being “whipped up into a frenzy” over issues like pharmaceutical costs and investor-state dispute settlement, by people who oppose the deal for ideological reasons

“Look, this did not reach an agreement for other reasons,” he said of the lack of a deal after the latest talks.

He said the impasse was down to automotives, intellectual property and dairy.

The Minister said the government was fighting TPPA opponents with one hand tied behind its back, as it simply could not provide the real facts and figures while the discussions were still happening.

Groser is not new at this, so it has to be deliberate.

Diplomatic language always is.  Does National secretly want the TPPA to fail?

He does have a point though with regard to opponents ot the TPPA.

The Minister said the government was fighting TPPA opponents with one hand tied behind its back, as it simply could not provide the real facts and figures while the discussions were still happening.

“We can’t state what we know in precise terms to prove our case. But I wouldn’t be making statements, and the Prime Minister wouldn’t be making statements, along the lines that any increase in our health costs are going to be absolutely manageable, unless we were confident that we could back this up politically when the facts do come out,” he said.

“We wouldn’t be that dumb actually, politically, to start making these statements when we would be in danger of not winning the political argument later on.”

Free trade is good, unquestionably, but the deal must be of a net benefit to New Zealand.

If it isn’t walk away…and do a deal with the countries who are committed to open access and leave the closed economies behind their protections to suffer.

 

– A Sunday Newspaper


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