With regard to Jono Naylor’s pitch for the contentious Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (Tribune October 21).
Jono trumpets a $102 million annual saving on dairy tariffs (little more than 2 per cent on traded revenue figures) as a great win for NZ dairy exporters.
He omits the fact that the other major global exporter of dairy products (the US!) will also enjoy the same ‘‘advantage’’. This translates to an equal advantage to both NZ and the US ) In the same competition and thus in a functioning market, these benefits will equalise out as even lower prices for the buyers of our dairy products.
He assures us we have not given up our right to govern our own country.
Well we have certainly diminished our sovereign ability for the future, narrowing the scope of a whole range of potential new laws that can now no longer be enacted.
He assures us we shall not pay more for subsidised medicines – shameless double-speak that contradicts recent admissions from his own PM! If the government pays more, then as the tax-payer who funds the government, ‘‘technically by a degree of separation’’, we pay more! He cites applause from big business for this agreement, but omits widespread condemnation from large, respected and informed bodies within the medical, legal and environmental sectors.
All in all, Jono’s opinion piece read as little more than a preprepared line from the song sheet they hand out to low-ranking Tory list ‘choir-boy’ MPs. We all know Jono can sing (and sing well to be fair), but his salesmanship skills on this one are not up to the complexity of the debate.
James Pettengill Palmerston North
As part of the international community we do have a responsibility to help fellow humans, just as nations supported us when Christchurch was devastated by earthquakes; but accepting refugees does not solve the problem that ISIShas created, nor will it resolve the ongoing problem of ISIS.
The humanitarian crisis of displaced peoples and the genocide of Christians within Iraq and Syria is real, but unless our government acts responsibly we are going to invite more problems, advancing a Trojan-horse scenario. The winner in this crisis will be ISIS. A Daily Mail report cited ISIS saying that they would flood Europe with 500,000 refugees to overwhelm Europe’s economic and financial system. The Express reported that ISIS had at least 4,000 jihadi fighters within this number.
Several governments, including Australia and officials in Cyprus and a French town are saying ‘no’ to Muslim refugees, joining the position of Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, giving preference to the highly endangered Christian minorities, who integrate better and are not a security threat (jihadwatch.org and abc.net).
‘‘Muslim countries refuse to take Syrian refugees, cite risk of terrorism,’’ according to Jihadwatch.org. All the oil rich Arab states are taking virtually no refugees, fearing terror attacks.
Others have suggested that this situation has been planned by ISIS to fulfil Surah 2:218, the jihad of immigration, with 75 per cent of the refugees being single Muslim men (http://vcyamerica.org/ blog/2015/09/16/the-syrianrefugee-crisis-compassion-orconcern).
While we must demonstrate compassion, we also need wisdom in order to protect our national security.
Ken Riddle, Shannon
REFUGEES OVER GUNS
New Zealand can not afford to take any refugees until every Kiwi and Kiwi family have a liveable income and a warm roof over their heads. There is a country who spends billions a year on weapons and military and more billions on space exploration, both which are not vital to life, who can easily afford to take the refugees, I am of course talking about India.
All those countries that waste mega millions on guns and bullets and other toys of slaughter should have to take refugees on a dollar for refugee basis, each million they spend on weapons they should have to take 100 dislocated souls, it’s only fair as a lot of refugees are displaced by weapons developed and sold by these countries anyway.
AlWinder Palmerston North