The Nats appear to be the worst negotiators in the world. Rio Tinto. Hollywood. SkyCity. Serco. And the TPP. Here’s TPP cheerleader Fran O’Sullivan this morning:
Fran O’Sullivan: Kiwis the TPP deal-fixers
At the negotiating level, broad support has been stitched up in several areas, notably constraining state-owned enterprises from using soft loans to compete against private companies.
So that’s another constraint on our sovereignty then, preventing us from supporting state assets. But here’s the killer:
But contentious issues critical to New Zealand’s well-being are yet to be addressed. Top of the agenda is market access for dairy.
Right so, so far we have given away “IP, generic drugs, investor state dispute mechanisms and government anti-competition clauses” – and we haven’t even got to our main desired goal yet? Brilliant.
Both Groser and John Key earlier signaled that it would be a deal-breaker for NZ if there was not a high-quality comprehensive result on this score. The position has since become more nuanced.
Nuanced means weaker. Fucking brilliant.
We are giving away the shop and we don’t know what if anything we will get in terms of dairy access yet. Our negotiators have signaled that they are “nuanced”. Even if we get what we want it is probably worth bugger all – remember Key telling us that dairy is only 5% of our economy, and its a fading star anyway due to a global glut of milk.
How stupid are we?
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