RIP TPP

Patrick Gower calls time on the Trans Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is dead and gone and it is thanks to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Trump is dead against it.

Sanders is dead against it.

I’ve actually been really surprised at the level of visceral opposition towards the TPP from both sides here.

It is a huge issue.

Each time both Trump and Sanders have bagged the TPP, there have been huge roars from the Republican and Democratic Convention crowds.

And the power of both the Trump and Bernie movements mean it would be political suicide for United States politicians to go against them right now and ratify the TPP.

Powerful sectors of both sides of politics are against it – and you never, ever hear anything from its supporters in either the Republicans or the Democrats.

The TPP has been burned on the political firestorm that is raging here.

Big numbers of Republicans are dead against the TPP.

And I can tell you that huge numbers of Democrats are against the TPP. 

Every single Bernie supporter – and there are a few – is invariably anti-TPP. Being anti-TPP is a core part of the revolution.

There’s huge pressure on the Democrats because of this – Hillary Clinton has backed away from her support, and Vice-Presidential nominee Tim Kaine backed off real quick on TPP support too once announced.

If a group of people want to go see a rugby game, and in the end, one doesn’t want to come, would everyone not go, or would they just go without that one person?

The TPP without the United States is a different beast, but I don’t see the other member states ripping it all up and starting from scratch.

In fact, a TPP without the United States means the disappearance of the two of the most controversial concessions that had New Zealanders worried about: such as our sovereignty as global corporates were feared to be able to sue our government.

Trade is good, it enriches all our lives to be able to eat pineapple all year round and for others to have NZ butter.  I say, stuff the States, let’s go to the game.

 

– Newshub


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