Friday, October 30, 2015

Statute or its bullshit

John Key is promising that the next FTA negotiations will be more transparent:

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand is likely to take a more transparent approach to trade negotiations with the European Union than other FTAs.


Speaking to the Herald this morning en route to Britain, he acknowledged that the EU was conducting its FTAs in a more transparent way and indicated New Zealand would follow suit.

"But on the basis that there is more transparency on the European side, it would be self-defeating not to do so on our side."

That's nice, but grace and favour and promises from politicians on this isn't enough. New Zealanders deserve a transparent and democratic foreign policy, and if John Key is serious about that, he should legislate for it. Statute or its bullshit!