Timmy elsewhereMarch 12, 2014 Tim WorstallRagging on Ritchie8 CommentsAt the ASI. Having to explain things to George Monbiot again. previousTimmy elsewherenextThis is fun 8 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere” Surreptitious Evil March 12, 2014 at 9:54 am I think MrVeryAngry has it in the comments over there. This aspect of the treaty will take away the powers of the Moonbat and his gang (and the LHTD, to boot) to do whatever they whim* when their public relations arm gets re-elected. * Yes, non-grammatical. But “want” implied so much more thought than they are likely to bring to the exercise or, indeed, the abuse of power. Luke March 12, 2014 at 10:31 am Where does UKIP stand on handing over sovereignty in this way? Christie Malry March 12, 2014 at 10:38 am Why is this a “Ragging on Ritchie”? Or is that the generic term for giving a fat moron his daily comeuppance? Steve March 12, 2014 at 10:55 am “But it could allow corporations on both sides of the ocean to sue the living daylights out of governments that stand in their way.” Good. Andrew M March 12, 2014 at 10:59 am But no Parliament can bind a future parliament; so isn’t this legislation meaningless? You simply can’t legislate away political risk. More fundamentally, you’re asking a naughty five year-old to pinkie-swear that he won’t break his promises in future. He’ll only end up disappointing you. This is as true for a child as it is for the Greek government. Steve March 12, 2014 at 11:06 am Andrew M – like any treaty, it will only be binding for as long as governments permit themselves to be bound. But there would likely be political and trade implications if one signatory state unilaterally decided to abrogate its obligations. MattyJ March 12, 2014 at 11:25 am @Steve, @Andrew M: I guess that’s the difference; parliment can slice-and-dice ordinary laws as they see fit but a treaty is an all or nothing deal. If they want to disregard one clause the other side can pull the plug on the whole thing. Which still might happen; it’s a reduction in risk, not an elimination of risk. SimonF March 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm Christie Malry March 12, 2014 at 10:38 am Why is this a “Ragging on Ritchie”? Or is that the generic term for giving a fat moron his daily comeuppance? Blimey, he must have really pissed you off, Christie. You’ve always come across to me as being quite polite and even tempered whenever I’ve read your stuff. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.