I normally stay away from political matters on my blog, but in this case I have to speak out.
I am deeply concerned about the impact of the TPPA on the future of New Zealand. From my observations, and the observations of some very astute people, we will definitely be:
Restricting our ability to stop foreign ownership of our land and housing.
Restricting our ability to protect our resources from exploitation by big Corporates.
Restricting our ability to protect our environment.
Increasing the cost of medication.
Restricting our ability to make sovereign decisions where these appear to impinge on the rights of foreign Corporates, particularly in the fields of health and welfare.
It seems to me that perceived gains will be negligible against the losses.
I am reminded of a Biblical story where Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for the immediate perceived benefit of a good meal… (Genesis 25-26)