Nicholas Whyte

Nicholas Whyte

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    Catina, I've been travelling for the last two days, and haven't had time to track this discussion, which in any case has largely drifted away from my area of expertise. Catina and Damien, From my perspective, our host started a...
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    Catina, The original post was talking about TTIP, not TPP. I don't pretend to any knowledge of TPP. I'm not professionally engaged on TTIP either, just a very interested observer. I note your comments about ISDS; I note also the...
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    SFReader, Interesting points which go beyond my knowledge of economics. But one important aspect of TTIP is that it's not so much about the tariffs - which as you probably know are pretty low anyway - but at least as...
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    Are people pretending that this stuff is secret when it isn't? They loudly announce that they have leaked secrets, when really anybody could have found the same things without depending on leaks? Yes. And all these smart people on Charlie's...
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    J Thomas, There is no "secret treaty". Anyone can look at the websites of the negotiators and see what they are talking about. If you choose to believe the voices in your head instead, that's your privilege....
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    I'm not an expert on pharma IP, and would certainly defer to our host and others on that point. It just seems to me an odd ground for objection to TTIP, which doesn't really deal with that topic. (At a...
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    Yep, the Fullfact.org page is a better resource; it's out of date on ISDS and "secret courts" though (see quote from Commissioner Malmström which I cited earlier)....
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    the relevant part of the TPP with relation to TRIPS, with reference to S.A. and Brazil I did notice. I still don't see why that is relevant to a negotiation between the US and Europe, which does not include South...
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    Also, the TRIPS agreement is already in force for all EU countries and the US, so TTIP will not affect it either....
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    The TPP trade deal is currently being negotiated between the U.S. and ten other Pacific Rim nations. The NHS is not in any of those countries, so TPP will not affect it....
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    It seems that the old system in bilateral treaties has been abused. Examples? it looks like bad news for the NHS when we end up in the DC circuit court it's pretty clear that universal healthcare systems everywhere is a...
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    Thanks, Noel - you said half of what I was going to say, and said it much better and with more authority. The other half of what I was going to say is this: as treaty negotiations go, TTIP is...
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