TTIP is dead. Now we’re being told the big threat to democracy is called TISA



And TISA has been under negotiation while we’ve all been fussing over TTIP. How clever.

The worst part of the Independent article raising the alarm about this newly-revealed plan is the lack of detail.

Apparently, TISA will include clauses that will prevent governments taking public control of strategic services, and inhibit regulation of the banks that created the financial crash.

And there’s a threat to the UK’s sovereignty that would turn Brexit into a pointless gesture: It seems that if we sign up to TISA, our ability to control our economy – to regulate, to protect public services, to fight climate change – is massively reduced.

Big business would be making public policy – overtly, as opposed to what many people currently believe, which is that businesses make policy through MPs.

If anybody can shed more light on this matter, please get in touch.

An international trade deal being negotiated in secret is a “turbo-charged privatisation pact” that poses a threat to democratic sovereignty and “the very concept of public services”, campaigners have warned.

But this is not TTIP – the international agreement it appears campaigners in the European Union have managed to scupper over similar concerns – this is TISA, a deal backed by some of the world’s biggest corporations, such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Walt Disney, Walmart, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase.

Few people may have heard of the Trade In Services Agreement, but campaign group Global Justice Now warns in a new report: “Defeating TTIP may amount to a pyrrhic victory if we allow TISA to pass without challenge.”

Like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TISA is being negotiated in secret, even though it could have a major impact on countries which sign up.

While TTIP is only between the EU and US, those behind TISA have global ambitions as it involves most of the world’s major economies – with the notable exceptions of China and Russia – in a group they call the “Really Good Friends of Services”.

The Department for International Trade dismissed the idea that public services were at risk from TISA, adding that the UK was committed to securing an “ambitious” deal.

Source: The new TTIP? Meet TISA, the ‘secret privatisation pact that poses a threat to democracy’ | Business News | News | The Independent


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8 thoughts on “TTIP is dead. Now we’re being told the big threat to democracy is called TISA

  1. mohandeer

    TISA is little more than a corporate “hostile takeover” which will appeal to the Tories and Right Wing elements of the Labour Party. The only way to stop it is if Corbyn can rally enough support with Plaid and SNP and any honest Labour MP’s. It is crucial, therefore, that the right wing element of the Labour Party are no longer a threat to it’s members which will require at least mandatory reselection or outright banning from the party.

  2. casalealex

    Trade in Services Agreement
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Looks like a regurgitation of TTIP in many ways….

    If they can’t do it one way, they sure will find another way….

  3. David Woods

    The ones they try to sneak in unseen are the ‘agreements’ we need to worry about!
    If it was a good deal for ‘the people’ (and I mean us poor folk), they would have been shouting this from the roof tops with no need for ‘secret’ negotiations!

  4. Mick McNulty

    If these anti-democratic corporate controls get through we will have no recourse but to raze them all to the ground. Start again without them.

  5. Dez

    “The Department for International Trade dismissed the idea that public services were at risk from TISA, adding that the UK was committed to securing an “ambitious” deal”. So someone, somewhere in the Department for International Trade is representing the UK in this nice little earner. Ambitious deal?? For who?? The fact these types of meeting are always in secret instead of being totally transparent immediately puts one on red alert to shady goings on and that the Commercial big boys are still calling the shots on taking over the world and by default ambitious deal does not include the population who generate the profit for these dark forces.

  6. Christine Cullen

    I’ve written to my MP about this although as a LD MP I’m not sure how much good that will do. Perhaps if enough people contact their MPs we can get a groundswell going. I’m wondering if “38 degrees” are on to this?

  7. David

    Looks as though we’ve been kidded into taking our eye off the ball. The corporations who want this are a list of capitalist nightmares.

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