Friday, 17 January 2014

The power of the EU to determine our economic agenda

Fraser Nelson hopes that should Ed Miliband win power at the next election his ambitions to fashion a ‘fairer’ economy will be thwarted by the EU.

Nelson is celebrating, in the Telegraph, this very undemocratic hope. The issue he is raising is crucially important but largely neglected. Whilst the mainstream media reports day-to-day politicking, behind the scenes the US and the EU are negotiating a hugely significant free trade deal which could limit the scope of our politics for decades to come and render current political promises impossible to realise.

Nelson says that the EU would be able to prevent us from re-nationalising the railways and other industries. Even the NHS isn’t exempt.

This is exactly why George Monbiot described the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as “a monstrous assault on democracy

The TTIP is being negotiated this year. We better wake up to its implications quickly and get informed before it is too late.