Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Perfectly Choreographed President

Although the view taken generally by the mainstream media is that Obama's comments, yesterday, on Brexit was a 'game changer' - it was no doubt a calculated risk for him to say that if we leave the EU we will 'be at the end of the queue' with regard to completing a new trade deal with the US. This was clearly a threat and - however well delivered and albeit inside a very velvety glove - Brits are a stubborn people who do not like to be threatened. Also, it is well known that he is coming to the end of his presidency - so is unlikely to feature in any decision concerning a future trade deal between the two nations.

What is perhaps more to the point is that, although Brexit is now dominating the political landscape, greater focus is being put on TTIP [a transatlantic trade deal that has been in preparation for the last few years] might not be as advantageous the UK and EU as first proclaimed. In fact, although it has been trailed as a deal that should increase the GDP of both the EU and the US by up to 6% - there is the very great danger that it will predominately favour the US global corporations, and those of the EU to a lesser extent, at the expense of small and medium sized businesses in the UK and EU which will continue to be hoovered up by these global giants - should they have developed a product or service that has worldwide appeal. 

The greatest fear for most is that, depending on the final wording of the deal, the NHS will be left unprotected from being further privatised by the US giant medical corporations as former health minister David Owen explains in this article from the Guardian. This may seem trifling, however, if the wider ramifications of the deal are realised. If they are these corporations - from all sectors - will be in a position to sue national governments if any legislation they pass should restrict their potential for making profits - based on the legislation previously in place. Such actions will not be limited to losses from investment - but also for anticipated profits for decades to come.

Obama's choreographers managed their President's actions and appearances perfectly - so that they included all of the currently most cherished features by the people in the UK - the Queen, her 90th birthday, her long life and devotion to duty, toddler George, William, Kate and Harry [Charles was nowhere to be seen]. His most powerful comment, concerning the US soldiers buried here from two world wars, was by most measures below the belt - since Brexit and the related discussions concern trade - and whether or not we are part of the EU is unlikely to change whatever defence arrangements are currently in place.  

Obama and the US global giants want the UK part of the EU so that the benefits they are greedily anticipating from TTIP are not diminished by a smaller EU and so that their top executives can use London as their base in the EU - where English is spoken and where the most desirable properties are valuable and in localities where the poor and lowly have now been eradicated.

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