Media “let’s not do this” on TPPA protest meeting

According to The Daily Blog there was a ‘Let’s Not Do This!” public meeting protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership lst night in Auckland, the first in a nationwide tour by Jane Kelsey, Laila Harre and Burcu Kilic.

But the media seem to have a ‘let’s not do this’ attitude to TPPA protest these days, a big change from two years ago. I can’t find any reports.

Even The Daily Blog seems to be largely disinterested given scant reaction shown there.

Here is the only feedback on the meeting I can find, at The Standard:

At last night’s anti-TPPA-11 meeting in Auckland, Laila Harre said that there is no protection for NZ sovereignty over it’s labour/employment laws in the TPP agreement our government plans to sign on 8th March.

Harre has been researching and writing a thesis on it.

She says such agreements cannot protect our labour laws and this needs to be done through the ILO.

Under the TPPA that our government plans to sign, they could be sued for the labour regulations the government is planning to implement.

Harre and Kelsey say that if this agreement is signed, it will be used as a model for other trade agreements.

Kelsey said some in the labour caucus won’t to maintain such a model. But this model is in crisis, and we need to respectful campaign to shift the balance in the government to something more progressive.

National Day of anti-TPPA action on Sunday 4th March.

Demo in Wellington on day of signing, 8 March.

FUrther meetings around NZ before then.

The protest movement seems to be in ‘let’s not do this’ mode.

Media funkstille as far as I can see.

Leave a comment

8 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  February 13, 2018

    Don’t worry! Mefro has announced that David Farrar runs the MSM nowadays so no doubt this serious threat to our democracy & sovereignty will get their full attention soonish!

    No way would they ignore it just because the Labour-led govt are now the mob pushing this deal through – that would suggest some sort of political bias.

    Reply
    • Mefrostate

       /  February 13, 2018

      “Mefro has announced that David Farrar runs the MSM nowadays”

      You make yourself look bad when you need to strawman me like that to make your point. Here is what I actually said.

      “No way would they ignore it just because the Labour-led govt are now the mob pushing this deal through – that would suggest some sort of political bias.”

      Or it could be that last night’s event wasn’t a protest, just a public talk, and only had about 65 people attending per facebook and therefore wasn’t all that newsworthy. The organisers also didn’t release any public statements about the event, so there was barely any information for the journalists to write about.

      Perhaps there will be more ink spilled after the day of anti-TPP action on 4th March, although it’s worth noting that opposition to the CPTPP is significantly muted now anyway.

      Reply
      • PDB

         /  February 13, 2018

        You make yourself look like you can’t take a joke – need to lighten up somewhat.

        Regardless as to why this particular meeting didn’t attract MSM attention the MSM have basically turned the TPPA into a non-issue since Labour became govt.

        Reply
        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  February 13, 2018

          No feed from their favourite political sources => no journalistic coverage required. With neither National nor Labour stirring that pot the beltway media have no interest.

          Reply
          • Mefrostate

             /  February 13, 2018

            Well yes, the media mostly do churnalism, and nobody is providing them with anti-TPP material so there’s not much anti-TPP coverage.

            What anti-TPP coverage do you think the media should have published over the last few months?

            Reply
            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 13, 2018

              Could have done more on analysing Labour’s U-turn but their readership probably prefers Jacinda’s baby news.

            • Mefrostate

               /  February 13, 2018

              Fair enough, I’d read that. You’re probably right about the readership preferring the baby.

              Maybe the pregnancy was a deliberate distraction. Ardern is an expert handler of the media.

        • Mefrostate

           /  February 13, 2018

          “You make yourself look like you can’t take a joke – need to lighten up somewhat”

          Probably accurate, but hopefully you can forgive me for not wanting my opinions to be made fun of. I’d like to think that people at least consider my perspectives reasonable, even if I often fall short of insightful or entertaining.

          Also, that’s not the first time I’ve been told to lighten up, but usually it’s by much less respectable contributors than yourself.

          “Regardless as to why this particular meeting didn’t attract MSM attention the MSM have basically turned the TPPA into a non-issue since Labour became govt.”

          I’d argue that the MSM have simply continued to do their job and report the news. Newsflash: there’s been much less anti-TPP sentiment under Labour than there was under National.

          Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s