Anti-TPPA clowns

Some appropriately dressed clowns tried to disrupt the first TPPA information road show in Auckland today.

NZH reports: Clowns kicked out of Trans Pacific Partnership roadshow

Four people dressed as clowns have been kicked out of the first stop of the Government’s Trans-Pacific Partnership information roadshow in Auckland.

The quartet were honking horns, blowing balloons and laughing, Newstalk ZB reported.

Protesters complained about the public not being told enough about the TPPA, now a small number of them are disrupting a public information sessions.

The road show is taking place in Auckland today, before moving on to Christchurch on Friday and Dunedin and Wellington next week.Trade Minister Todd McClay said everyone was welcome – including those strongly opposed to the trade deal. All questions would be answered.

I’m registered for Dunedin’s roadshow.

But protest and placards should be left outside, so an open and frank conversation could take place, Mr McClay said.

He denied the roadshows were an attempt at political spin – they were held for every new trade deal, including one with China.

The morning session is general information, the afternoon session is to help businesses learn how to benefit from the TPPA.

Labour Party leader Andrew Little said he doubted the road show would change Kiwis’ minds.

The public was told nothing for the seven years while it was negotiated, then the entire document was dumped into the public domain and signed, Mr Little said.

That’s disappointing piffle from Little. Perhaps he should go to the roadshow when it’s in Wellington. He might learn something useful.