TTIP and Financial Reform panel

November 10th, 2014

TTIP: Road to Riches or Threat to Democracy?

Saturday, 8th November at Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol

500 people came to hear the panel and ask questions.

Video of the event on Youtube

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a bilateral trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA. Advocates state that it will be of great benefit to consumers and will benefit the UK economy to the tune of £10bn p/a from 2027 onwards. Critics claim that not only have the economic benefits of TTIP have been overstated, it will additionally put downward pressure on regulation in sectors such as health and the environment and poses a significant threat to national democratic decision making.

Financial Reform here means simple changes to our monetary system to realign it with democratically set positive policy goals for a fair sustainable future. Bank regulations have been considered for inclusion in TTIP which could preclude financial reform.

The panel:
Stephen Williams MP (Lib Dem Junior Minister)
Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)
Charlotte Leslie MP (Conservative)
Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour)
Fran Boait (Executive Director Positive Money)
Nigel Costley (TUC South-West)

Chair: David Powell (Friends of the Earth Economics Team)
Researcher: Sam Lowe (Friends of the Earth TTIP specialist)

Twitter #BrisTTIP

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Sam Lowe has a blog for further reading.

This video from Raising Awareness World Wide (50 mins but you can skip) gives some background to the debates over TTIP, including clips of David Cameron and other politicians.

This article gives some insight on TTIP vs Financial Reform.

Enquiries: Tim, tim@bristolfoe.org.uk 07894 125427 or Julian, julian.p.jones@gmail.com 07809 122474

The event is kindly sponsored by Ecotricity and 38 Degrees with materials from World Development Movement