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Stony silence ended – Alan Johnson replies

Bob Mouncer's blog

Alan Johnson has now replied to my email on TTIP. I have put the letter below, but here are a couple of points:

My first reaction on reading the letter was “and if not?”

Johnson seems to share concerns “about the impact that TTIP could have on public services – particularly the NHS.” He believes “the NHS should be exempt from the agreement and that the Government should now push for this exemption.”

And if not, Alan, what will you, the two Eds, Harriet and all your mates actually do?

He seems to share concerns that TTIP wants foreign investors to have the right to sue sovereign governments before ad hoc tribunals for loss of profits resulting from public policy decisions. “I believe”, he says, “that governments should be able to legislate in the public interest and that this should be protected in any dispute resolution mechanisms.”

And if not?

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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