Saturday, 21 May 2016

Ignorance or grandstanding?

A group of MPs led by Peter Lilley has put down an amendment to the government's programme as set out in the Queen's Speech. I believe that Mr Lilley, an arch-reactionary and fierce opponent of the EU, knows very well that the Commission's negotiators early on laid down a line in the sand protecting public services. He is trading on ignorance in some socialist quarters who are putting it about that TTIP is a capitalist plot to privatise the NHS.

His amendment is meaningless and should do no harm. If the government is wise, it will not oppose it. Otherwise, it will merely fuel Brexit conspiracy theories.

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