38 degrees are joining in the campaign against the TTIP #NHS #Occupy

The email, which I received from the 38 degrees campaign outlines the details of what the TTIP is.

It doesn’t make it clear that it is mandatory for us, as members of the EU.

Ed Miliband must be aware of the consequences for the NHS as well as everything else.

Leading Labour party members must also realise the consequences.

Unite, the union, which supports Labour, must also be aware of this.

They all support membership of the EU and, by default,y the support this agreement and its effect on hopes of resurrecting the NHS.

It’s only the Far Right  and Far Left which oppose the EU at the ballot box.

UKIP would probably support the TTIP ! Whilst Labour Unity (founded by Bob Crow and Tony Benn) is unknown outside Left wing politics.

The coming election looks like a cattle drive, where we are the Texas longhorns (being driven to the Chicago railhead and the slaughter yards) with the political elite being the cowhands, looking forward to a big payday, with lots of a-hooping and a-hollering.

Email text:
Right now, officials in the US and EU are secretly negotiating a hugely influential and dangerous trade deal which would put the profits of big business ahead of our welfare, health and environment. [1]

It’s called the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”, or “TTIP” for short, but in reality it’s more like a Christmas-list for big business. The negotiations are shrouded in secrecy, but leaked details suggest the deal will:

Allow companies to sue governments if they make decisions which negatively affect big business’ potential profits (like capping energy prices, or introducing plain packet cigarettes.) [2]

Stop future governments from rolling back privatisation of our public services, such as the NHS, energy companies, or the Post Office. [3]

Relax the rules which protect consumers, our environment, our welfare and health services, to much weaker US levels. [4]

38 Degrees members have a strong track record of standing up to big business and government. If we decide to, we have a chance to stop this agreement in its tracks – derailing the negotiations and making sure the things we care most about are protected.

Should we launch a campaign to stop the irreversible damage which the deal threatens? Please vote now:

YES – WE SHOULD
NO – WE SHOULDN’T

Increased trade would create some jobs, and could boost the UK economy – but critics have been scathing of the cost and size of these benefits. However, with the economy a key election issue for both David Cameron and Barack Obama, they’ve decided to stake their reputations on the deal. [5]

It’s not going to be an easy campaign to win – but it is possible. Especially as we’d be joining lots of people and campaigners across the world who’ve already sprung into action.

Should we join the fight? The 38 Degrees staff team sit down every Monday morning to plan out the week ahead and decide on how we use staff resources. The most important factor when making those decisions is what 38 Degrees members think.

Vote now to decide whether or not we should launch a big campaign. Yes or No?

YES – WE SHOULD
NO – WE SHOULDN’T
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