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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Greens and free trade

I thought the Greens were against free trade in its entirety. In this morning's Herald (I hate reading it but there's nothing else) I noticed this pearler from Rod Donald "The...Greens' fair trade policy released last week...promised to oppose all free-trade deals with countries that do not uphold human rights."

So now the Greens are just opposed to those deals with countries that do not uphold human rights. I assume the rest are okay? Phil U, you out there?

Posted by Gooner | 8/24/2005 01:40:00 PM

8 Comments:

Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

That means in the eyes of the greens no free trade deals anywhere because, by definition, free trade abrogates humin rites. That's the logic. Easy really once you've smoked a bit of dope and sniffed some ground up lichen off the fence posts.

8/24/2005 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger tincanman said...

Hah! So, we try to ban the cricket players from going to Zimbabwe, but we'll support Labour in a trade agreement with China.

I wonder how that statement will affect their coalition. Oh wait. Oppose. Not prevent.

Right.

They must have scraped it off the fencepost after a dipped sheep used it as a backscratcher.

8/24/2005 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Gooner, presumedly they're using the UN's definition of human rights which includes decent healthcare, childrens rights etc. That immediately rules out many Asian and Polynesian countries.

8/24/2005 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Oh no, not the "right to a job" document?

So who is at fault if we don't have a job?

8/24/2005 04:52:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Mummy and Daddy Government, of course!

8/24/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that'd have to include america and britain..eh..?
i wonder who gets over the bar...

and hey..i don't have to support every policy..:)..and i don't..:)

though i do support their attempts to help 3rd world workers..eh?..which is really what this one is all about...

but i agree..on the surface it could be described as utopian..hence my question of who gets over the bar..
(i want them to only trade with vegan countries..see what i mean...all countries are fucked in some way..and if you look hard enough you'll find some reason..)

hey adolf..what do you have to do to prep the lichen..i tried it raw..and it's a bit bloody rough mate...hard to chop...eh?

8/24/2005 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Yep! and name a Green MP who has either traded or employed a fellow human being (Jannette's conflict of interest with her shareholding in Windfarms or whatever it is called excepted, oh and undisclosed still I see). Awatere-Huata MkII I hope.

Maybe there should be provision in National's budget for a prison for ex-MP's.

8/24/2005 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Oh, and Nandor selling *ahem* "hemp" doesn't count as trade, it does count as an offence though.

8/24/2005 10:52:00 PM  

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