This Independent article describes a possible alliance between Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour and Tory Eurosceptics, to protect the NHS from the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, as “unholy”.
It is an unfair assessment.
As it currently stands, TTIP would subject an increasingly-privatised NHS to market strictures, including a demand that no national government may implement laws that infringe on private corporations’ profitability.
Any government doing so may be subjected to embarrassing and expensive legal action by any corporation claiming it had been disadvantaged, under the ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ (ISDS)process.
The very concept of ISDS is wrong-headed. Nations should legislate in the interests of their people – not to protect the commercial interests of corporations.
But David Cameron won’t have it – despite a mountain of evidence that he is wrong.
So we have reached a point where opponents of the scam – I mean scheme – on both sides of the House of Commons have decided to team up against him.
For Jeremy Corbyn, it might be a deal with the Devil but, as historian Rainer Schulze recently asked This Writer (rhetorically) in a discussion on the Haavara agreement between Nazi Germany and German Zionists, wouldn’t you do a deal with the Devil if it saved lives?
As for Eurosceptic Tories, this could be the best thing they ever do.
Jeremy Corbyn is to forge an unholy alliance with Tory Eurosceptic MPs to back a plan that would ‘protect’ the NHS from the controversial TTIP trade deal with the US, The Independent understands.
Labour MPs will be told to support an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, which will be voted on next week, that states they “regret” the Government has not included a bill that would “protect the National Health Service from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”.
More than two dozen Tory Eurosceptic MPs have also pledged to back the amendment that would inflict an embarrassing defeat on David Cameron just weeks before the EU referendum. Those behind the amendment, including the former Tory Cabinet minister Peter Lilley, say they also expect to get the backing from the Scottish Nationalists and the DUP.
With a working majority of less than 20 this would be more than enough to defeat the Government on the amendment.
If so it would be the first time a Government has been defeated on a Queen’s Speech vote in nearly 100 years.