Key goes to Washington to sell NZ out
So John Key is off to Washington to throw himself upon Barack for his much desired photo op. If only the trip to Washington was to simply sate Key's vanity, sadly for NZ it is not.
The US are on the verge of another meltdown as their bat shit crazy Tea Party branch of the Republican party openly desires the debt ceiling meltdown to purify the economy for their weird Government with a microscopic g beliefs. America's only interest in a Free Trade deal with NZ is to counter what they percieve as China encrouching upon their turf, so expect us to be strong armed into signing a deal with America whether we want to or not, and seeing how involved the US Embassy was in trying to turn public opinion against Pharmac, we should have every concern about siging up again to the Washington concsensus minus our consent (again).
This free trade deal John Key is secretly negotiating before the election minus any scrutiny beyond the corporate and political elite will have a much more negative impact on our future economic sovereignty than anything China is attempting, yet any real public perception of the threat this deal will actually cause is almost non-existent. The bellows of 'National Sovereignty' attached to anything China does compared to the dead silence at the vast swindle America are about to commit certainly opens us up to charges of xenophobia.
This oxymoronically named 'free trade' deal secretly being cut with America will do the following...
More expensive medicines
No local content in broadcasting
Weaker controls on overseas investment in NZ
Foreign investors suing the Government for millions in offshore tribunals
Weaker regulation of the financial services
Undermining action on climate change
Delays and restrictions on agricultural market access to the US
John Key breathlessly told a complaint mainstream media that we would make "billions and billions" from this free trade deal with America and the complaint mainstream media breathlessly repeated those claims with no critical analysis of his claims by the mainstream media whatsoever.
How humiliating for our compliant mainstream uncritical media then when wikileaks reveals the "billions and billions" claims is utter nonsense and an out right lie...
US free-trade deal suspect
A FREE-TRADE deal with the United States may not be the economic miracle it's been painted as.
New Zealand's chief trade negotiator Mark Sinclair privately told a visiting US State Department official that New Zealand had little to gain from a free-trade agreement. This view – recorded in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks – differs from the one the public has been given.
When the US joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in November last year, Prime Minister John Key said it could be worth "billions and billions" to New Zealand, and that a deal would "position New Zealand brilliantly for growth".
But in a meeting in February, Sinclair told US Deputy Assistant Frankie Reed "there is a public perception that getting into the US will be an `El Dorado' for New Zealand's commercial sector. However, the reality is different".
He said New Zealand would need to "manage" public expectations about the benefits of a US free-trade agreement.
John Key is lying to us about this 'free trade' deal making us "billions and billions" in the exact same way Gerry Brownlee lied to us about billions and billions to be made from mining on conservation land.
So much for the great 'deal maker', by siding with Warners Bros in the Union bashing over the manufactured crises at the Hobbit, John Key had no choice but to simply ask, ‘how much’ when Warners Bros hard balled him for more corporate welfare.
Key got played like a chump during the manufactured crises at the Hobbit, he's going to get played like a chump again by signing a free trade deal that robs NZ of it's ecobnomic soverignty.