Exposing the EU/USA trade deal has done us all a favour

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Ged Dempsey in his letter on the horrors of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the USA rightly points out the threat of American firms being given the rights to sue governments for loss for any reason, including incompetence.

Indeed the tobacco giant Phillips is currently suing the Australian government, who were stupid enough to sign their own TTIP with the USA, for loss of profits for putting its product in plain packaging (yet we are considering doing the same thing).

He also indicates the concept of harmonisation which the EU admits will include health.

This means the NHS will be farmed out to private companies to run leaving only a rudimentary health cover as per the USA model.

Having got these facts more or less spot on, it is difficult to understand how he could have got his facts about UKIP so completely wrong.

UKIP are totally opposed to TTIP for the very reasons Ged quotes, namely their potential effect on the NHS.

Let me quote you UKIP’s official stance on the NHS from their leaflet, Policies for People, What UKIP would do in Government 2015.

“UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.”

This is verifiable via www.ukip-ynl.org.

Ged Dempsey has done us all a favour by exposing TTIP for what it truly is, but please, when writing about UKIP in future, put the same amount of research intothis as you did about TTIP

Mike Simpson

Worcester Road, Sheffield, S10