Wednesday 7 October / 7.30 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
If the anti-austerity movement in Britain has been strengthened by the arrival of a revived, relevant Labour Party, a huge trade agreement in negotiation between the United States and the European Union still threatens everything the movement could achieve. This is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which targets 'non-tariff barriers to trade' – what workers' rights, product standards, and environmental laws tend to look like from a skyscraper – and would give multinational corporations the power to sue governments, outside any contract, for passing laws which might curb their profits.Read more
Last week we asked what the important issues were for you all at election time. We're covering the top two in the newest episode of our podcast - TTIP and the NHS - and asking experts what the mail political parties are proposing. The podcast is up on iTunes as well as soundcloud, or click below to listen.Read more
Absolute power - the Tories are Gagging for it. Episode 2 of our podcast is out, and you can listen below.
At our popular #NoTTIP event with John Hilary on Thursday (hosted jointly by the Cambridge People's Assembly and the Cambridge World Development Movement) we launched a petition to Cambridge City Council, asking the council to endorse the signatories' conclusion that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership 'threatens the capacity of elected governments to act for the common good', and to communicate its opposition to the agreement. That petition, 'Cambridge Against TTIP', is now online!
Other local councils have already passed motions expressing concern about TTIP: Brighton and Hove in July, Oxford in September, and Southampton in November. It's time for Cambridge to stand up in solidarity.
Readers, please sign our petition!
Thursday 4 December / 7 p.m. / Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road, Cambridge CB1 1JW
TTIP is ... correctly understood not as a negotiation between two competing trading partners, but as an attempt by transnational corporations to prise open and deregulate markets on both sides of the Atlantic.
Thursday's event can't be missed: John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want (latest book The Poverty of Capitalism), will introduce the threat of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.
This is the trade agreement in secret negotiation between the United States and the European Union, under which workers' rights, product standards, and environmental regulations would be targeted as so many barriers to trade, and public services broken up as unfair monopolies. Meanwhile under the mechanism of 'investor–state dispute settlement', transnational corporations would be able to sue states should their elected assemblies pass laws which might curb profits in any way – which is why the People's Assembly Conference 2014 described it as 'a frontal assault against democracy'.Read more