Here is a public service announcement.
The TTIP proposal does not just represent an assault on the democratic sovereignty of the British people, but also a merciless attack on society’s most vulnerable demographic, the youth. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would empower the interests of Corporations in how society is run. With the ability to sue governments and legislate over the lives of the people, using obscure parallel courts, the system, fought for by generations of workers, would cease to be democratic. Quebec is being sued for banning fracking, a process with a multitude of health risks and environmental dangers. Canada is being sued for $500m for revoking the patents which could have allowed two potentially unsafe drugs onto shelves. When politicians, such as, Ed Miliband have to actively beg for an opt-out clause for the NHS, doesn’t it just display the colossal power and destructive potential that TTIP would give to corporations. Can Britain truly be called a democracy when certain actions, even entirely for the public benefit, can be punished by the interests of capital and foreign investors?
The effects of TTIP upon the lives of the young and underprivileged could be phenomenal, and if the proposals are passed, we could see more of the commodification of education, especially higher education, causing such education to only be available to the rich. TTIP legislation would also stand to damage the prospects of governmental intervention in the London housing crisis, a situation that has already led to families leaving London for lower living and housing costs, but particularly students, living in London being unable to find reasonable accommodation. In addition to this, with living costs and inflation on the rise, an inability to increase the minimum wage accordingly, could have painful effects on the lives of students.
Young people already face marginalisation and patronisation when we attempt to bring our perspective into politics, and our lack of voice on matters that affect ourselves is very distressing. Our limited ability to contribute, means that established politics is stagnant and repetitive while we are discouraged and disillusioned. But TTIP affects us all, engaged, apolitical or neither, and mass youth resistance and participation in the decision-making process is a necessary means in defeating TTIP. We need a united youth against TTIP, and we need it more than ever!
Thank you for your time,