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I receive a huge amount of emails and an increasing amount of mail about things I could take action on/donate to/get involved in: recently TTIP is popping up all over the place, so today I’ve agreed to put up a poster and made a donation to 38 Degrees supporting their campaign. For anyone who isn’t confident about what the TTIP deal is all about, here’s a simple explanation from their website (https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/pages/ttip_home) :

Right now, there’s a deal being worked out in secret between officials in the US and the EU. If it goes through it would put the profits of big business ahead of our environment, our healthcare, and could even stop the government raising the minimum wage in the future.

It’s called the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”, or “TTIP” for short. The deal is being negotiated on behind closed doors, but leaked details suggest it will.

  • Allow companies to sue governments if they make decisions affecting big businesses profits – like capping energy prices, introducing plain packet cigarettes, or raise the minimum wage.
  • Stop future governments from rolling back privatisation of our public services, like the NHS, energy companies, or the Royal Mail.
  • Relax the rules which protect consumers, our environment, our welfare and health services, to much weaker levels seen in the US.