I’m writing to you not just as an individual, but also as a businessman.
I’ve heard the arguments by the politicians that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — or TTIP — offers numerous benefits to businesses like mine.
As a businessman, I want nothing from a trade deal which bypasses the democratic process to create legal structures that empower businesses to erode the rights of citizens as a means of building and bolstering their empires.
Let’s be clear, the TTIP has nothing to do with businesses like mine, and everything to do with massive corporations acting out of spite, greed, and fear in the face of a world that is moving in a direction and at a pace they’re unable to influence or control.
As you read this, the Uruguayan and Australian governments are fighting against Philip Morris to protect their citizens from its lethal tobacco products, which would be illegal if invented in the modern age.
Vattenfall, a Swedish energy business “is using the investor-state regime to demand billions of dollars in compensation from Germany over its coal-fired electricity plant regulations and its phase-out of nuclear energy” as it transitions to renewable, clean, and safe energy.
Meanwhile, the Chilean government has been fighting against Monsanto and its attempts to force entire nations to use its poisonous products.
Each of these battles against colossal corporate greed makes use of legislative structures which would become enshrined in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and become almost immovable if ratified.
I am confident that I speak on behalf of everyone — in particular those who know nothing about the TTIP, given the silence of its existence that pervades popular media — when I demand an investigative process that is fair, transparent, and open — three things the TTIP is not, has not been, and would continue not to be unless the powers of the European Ombudsman are brought into sharp focus.
Here’s where we make a stand, and we’re right behind you.
Wayne is an author, and the founder and owner of Octane, an ideas-driven agency that changes the way companies do business, usually in the form of novel web applications.