Further to my ‘Power grab on the Pacific Rim‘ bloggling last month (which caused at least Mike of Damn the Matrix, Sue of Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary and Lucinda of eek.ology to sign the linked petition — thanks for caring, guys!)…
… here’s a surprise: SumOfUs tells me that it’s not just the Pacific Rim that’s at risk.
As well as the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)’, there’s also the ‘Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)’ — so here’s another petition to sign, if you’re not fed up of them by now. I know I am.
Here’s some of what SumOfUs has to say about this:
Europe and the USA are in the midst of negotiating a huge trade deal — the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership or TTIP. The TTIP isn’t just a simple trade treaty, it’s actually a huge corporate power grab affecting literally millions of European and American citizens.
The EU is about to launch a big consultation across Europe asking organisations and everyday people for their views. There’s a real danger that the loudest voices could be coming from the very corporations that stand to benefit from such a system.
The consultation starts really soon, so we don’t have long to prove that it’s people power that counts, not corporate power.
Can you tell European leaders to reject secret courts in the TTIP?
Will we ever get ‘democratically elected’ leaders who work for the people, not just for their idealogies and their buddies?