Jun 17th, 2014
By Megan Bentall
Dave a 38 Degrees member from Minehead in Somerset said “it’s absolutely essential that we campaign on this”. And tens of thousands of other 38 Degrees members agreed – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is disastrous and together we have to do all that we can to stop it going through as it is.
TTIP is a hugely influential trade deal between the US and the EU. And 38 Degrees members recently voted to prioritise stopping the part of the deal that lets businesses sue governments that introduce new laws which damage their profits. It’s already being used in other countries – and right now the Australian government is being sued by a tobacco company after introducing laws banning branding on cigarette packets.
Sounds sinister? It really is. And, unsurprisingly, negotiations over TTIP are shrouded in secrecy. The deal’s being thrashed out right now by politicians and corporate lobbyists behind closed doors.
So it’s really important that TTIP is brought into the open. It’s time to get it out of secret negotiations, and into public conversation.
TTIP would put the profits of big business ahead of everything else. It would weaken the rules which protect consumers, our environment, our welfare and health services, to much weaker US levels. And it would stop future governments from rolling back privatisation of our public services, such as the NHS, energy companies, or the Post Office.
There are a lot things 38 Degrees members could do to stop this. A no-holds-barred nationwide ad campaign will turn a spotlight on these dangerous proposals. And it’ll be a first step towards making sure TTIP becomes too toxic for any of our MPs or MEPs to back.
If nobody is talking about the issue, then it’s easy for the government to go ahead and agree to this dangerous deal. 38 Degrees members have been chipping in to create hard-hitting ads that we can splash all over the country. From full page spreads in newspapers, to bus stops and billboards.
If you want to give a few pounds now to help fund a massive, people-powered ad campaign across the country you can click here to do so.
Over 8000 38 Degrees members have so far donated £100,000 to fund these ads. This is great! The plan is for the ads to go up at the end of September, right around party conference season. So if you still want to chip in, using the link above, there’s still time. The more money raised, the more ads we can buy, and the bigger the impact we’ll be able to have.