I was thinking this morning of how to simplify this TPPA thing so more people would make an effort to:
a) CARE about it and,
b) actually GET what it means…
So far I can liken it to Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jack was supposed to take his cow to the market to sell so he and his mother could buy food to eat. Along the way some shifty dude in a long trench coat gave him some ‘magic’ beans in exchange for the cow. Now, being a lazy teenager, Jack thought WOW, magic beans and I don’t have to walk this smelly cow all the way to market, its a win-win situation, right?
Now if Jack hadn’t been so lazy and impatient to offload that cow, he may have dug deeper and interrogated that shifty dude in the trench coat … and learned that the beans would lead to a long climb with an angry giant waiting at the top to crush him and that golden goose he was after… well, it wasn’t going to be as easy to get his hot little hands on as Jack thought.
The KEY point I’m making here (and I use that word deliberately) is that if you all think of the TPPA as THOSE MAGIC BEANS, our darling NZ PM as that shifty dude in the trench coat, and the bloody scary giant waiting at the top to gobble us up… as the good old MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS … then maybe, just maybe, this fairy tale, might have a happier ending this time?