The Obama administration has halted free trade talks with New Zealand. On one hand free trade is simply increased freedom of capital and without equivalent freedom of labour lends itself toward increased disparity between rich and poor.
On the other hand Douglas and his neo-liberal thugs left us with no protections at all in the 80s and 90s so we don’t have much to lose from a free trade deal.
Of course John Key thinks it’s disappointing. When Aussie got their free trade deal with the US he claimed we missed out because we didn’t follow them into Iraq:
I wonder what he’d be willing to do to get those talks back on line?