The EU-US Free Trade Agreement must be opposed – for the sake of the NHS and more.

While many of us will have noticed when David Cameron jetted off Stateside to discuss the EU/US Free Trade Agreement, probably in the main because of all the distractions at home from his rebel backbench Eurosceptics among other things.If you read this important blog post you’ll realise just how embarrassing for the PM their anti EU agitating must have been. Many of us are turned off when seemingly dry issues like trade agreements crop up but if you read this post from Think Left and if you care about keeping our NHS in public hands (or what’s left of it) you’ll keep a very close and worried eye on this issue from now on. It has HUGE implications not only for our NHS but for the very fabric of any kind of democracy we have left in this country. Read and worry.

Think Left

The EU-US Free Trade Agreement must be opposed – for the sake of the NHS and more. 

‘This week marks the first round of negotiations for a far-reaching transatlantic trade deal. In the face of growing opposition to plans for expanded corporate powers in the proposed pact, the European Commission is trying to dispel concerns with propaganda. See through the rosy PR with Corporate Europe Observatory’s guide to investor-state dispute settlement – Unravelling the spin: a guide to corporate rights in the EU-US trade deal published by The Corporate European Observatory (re-posted in full below) 

If realisation that the National Health Service is to be privatised by the Coalition government did not dawn on many until it was too late, then the implication of the EU-US trade deal on privatised public services still is not fully appreciated. There is no doubt that privatisation of the NHS is a most unpopular policy, even…

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