Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
This looked like the most unlikely match you would ever see. The lights were dimmed, the atmosphere tense, the dark lit by the twinkle of cigar and cigarette lighters.
The contenders sat in their respective corners. The crowd small, the press hadn’t covered this fight with its normal enthusiasm, thou this would be an epic battle, a contest of David v’s Goliath , a fight clouded in secrecy, ironically the outcome would be massive; winner takes all!
Looking down on the ring I could see the small guy in blue and white from Uruguay of a sunny disposition, the American, a giant of a man, sporting red and white stripes strewn with stars, brimming with confidence, he stood in his corner smoking, the money was on him, backed by large American corporations to fight with the light weight Uruguayan.
The referee hales, “In the ‘blue corner’ Uruguay, population of just three million.” he continues,”In the red corner, the heavy weight champion of the world, Marlboro, representing the American cigarette corporation.”
In the 1st round Uruguay comes out fighting with Marlboro; the guys with the cigarettes cheer. Marlboro punches hard, time and time again, his punches hitting home, set on killing and maiming the Uruguayan contender, who is taking a beating to the chest, Marlboro throwing heavy weight punches in an attempt wind the Uruguayan.
The wife of the Uruguayan contender weeps into her handkerchief, no one hears her sobs as she speaks under her breath, “Free trade, is it such a marvelous thing? This is the Big Business at it’s worst. Europe has the TTIP agreement, we, she continues to cry, have the ‘North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA” Look at that guy Marlboro pounding my Uruguayan, he wants the health warnings off the cigarette packaging and all we want to know are the health risks, is that so bad? What a contract…she sniffles, free trade, anything preventing American big business from taking the winnings will be fought out in a legal battle, Governments will be sued, the peoples money gone. This has to be anti the American Constitution, she weeps, the American Public, the English public need to wake up, stop looking at the enemy without and look at the enemy within.
American Constitution Fourteenth Amendment