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What is TTIP and why it should concern you

What is TTIP and why it should concern you

What is TTIP and why it should concern you




The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – in secret – between the European Union and the USA. As officials from both sides acknowledge, the main goal of TTIP is to remove regulatory ‘barriers’ which restrict the potential profits to be made by transnational corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Yet these ‘barriers’ are in reality some of our most prized social standards and environmental regulations, such as labour rights, food safety rules (including restrictions on GMOs), regulations on the use of toxic chemicals, digital privacy laws and even new banking safeguards introduced to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. The stakes, in other words, could not be higher.

This booklet, written by John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, explains in short what TTIP is and how it will affect the lives of all of us if it comes into force. It’s also available in French, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese versions here.

Feel free to discuss here (page rules apply)

Stop Cameron giving Peerages to Tory Donors

Stop Tory  donors being given peerages

Stop Tory donors being given peeragesBan Peerages in exchange for cash

Stop Cameron giving out Peerages in exchange for cash. This is how corporations influence Britain.  Sign the petition today:

We’ve had Lord Beecroft bring in proposals to introduce sack-at-will legislation.

We’ve had Lord Hanningfield turning up just to get his £300 attendance allowance then he’s off again under an hour later. He did this many times.

In 2006 Cameron said: “We’ve got to stop this perception that parties can somehow be bought by big donations either from very rich people, or trade unions, or businesses.” – Yet he’s still doing it!!  We have asked what action he took after his speech.

They even brought in legislation in an attempt to block people from creating a petition to stop this process (here is the original version of the petition which was refused. It was only due to some clever rewording that our friend was able to get it accepted (see top).

In fact we’d had so much corruption as a result of cash for peerages we’d better just link to it here.

The expenses bill for the House of Lords has risen by more than £4 million since 2010 when Cameron took office! The Prime Minister has already handed out 161 peerages in this parliament.

Meet the members of Cameron’s secret dinner & lobbying club

Meet the members of Cameron’s secret dinner & lobbying club 

Did you know if you’ve got the money then you’ve got Cameron’s ear?

Meet the people you're not supposed to know about who lobby Cameron in secret

Meet the people you’re not supposed to know about who lobby Cameron in secret

Michael Hintze

Michael Hintze gave £1.5m to lobby Tories

Michael Hintze gave £1.5m

An Aussie hedge fund baron nick­named the “godfather of Tory donors”, he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year.

The Mirror told how his firms made nigh on £85million in a year while using legal means to pay less than £30,000 in corporation tax.

Top Tories flocked to a £3 million champagne bash he threw at Blenheim palace to celebrate his 60th birthday.


Paul Ruddock gave £500,000+

Paul Ruddock gave £500,000+ to lobby Tories

Paul Ruddock gave £500,000+

The City fatcat was handed a knighthood two years ago in the so-called “tainted” New Year list.

His firm of Lansdowne Partners made £100million in the financial crash by betting that the price of Northern Rock shares would fall.

After he retired the hedge fund also scored in the cut-price Royal Mail sell-off, bagging a reputed £50million in shares before the price soared.

Rosemary Said gave £580,000 to lobby Tories

Rosemary Said gave £580,000 to lobby Tories

The wife of Syrian-born businessman Wafic Said, who made a fortune working for the Saudi royal family.

The billionaire was once a prominent Tory donor himself.

The couple’s daughter Rasha had a lavish wedding at France’s Palace of Versailles 18 months ago attended by top Tories, including International Development Minister Alan Duncan, as well as the Duchess of York.


Adrian Beecroft gave £750,000+ to lobby Tories

Adrian Beecroft gave £750,000+ to lobby Tories

The venture capitalist’s business empire, which includes a stake in loan company Wonga, has two London homes valued at about £10 million and a castle in Oxfordshire.

David Cameron sparked controversy when he asked the multi-millionaire to write a report on cutting red tape.

Mr Beecroft’s plan to let bosses fire workers at will was only stopped by opposition from the Lib Dems.


Alexander Temerko gave £350,000  to lobby Tories

Alexander Temerko gave £350,000 to lobby Tories


Russian businessman wanted on fraud charges in his own country.Gave the Tories almost £350,000 personally and through his wind farm firm.

He insists accusations against him are politically motivated. And he paid £90,000 for a bust of Mr Cameron at a £1,000-a-head Tory fund-raising bash last summer.

He splashed the cash just months after his Offshore Group Newcastle business received £4.5million from taxpayers in Business Department’s Regional Growth Fund grant.



Anthony Bamford gave £5m to lobby Tories

Anthony Bamford gave £5m to lobby Tories


The billionaire JCB boss and his family are among the biggest Tory donors.Bamford headed a list of cronies handed peerages by the PM last summer.

It was reported he had been previously rejected thanks to concerns over his tax affairs. He was caught up in a row when he was among wealthy backers at a “thank you” dinner in No10.

Mr Cameron was accused of rewarding him with high-profile factory visits.



Bill Ives gave £600,000+ to lobby Tories

Bill Ives gave £600,000+ to lobby Tories

Ex-boxer who was a doorman for the Kray twins before turning his scrap metal firm into £266million Rainham Steel.

David Cameron was slammed by domestic violence campaigners for taking a £42,000 donation after the Mirror revealed that Mr Ives had been cautioned by the police for stalking his ex-wife.

The Tories say he is no longer a member of the Leader’s Group.


Ian Taylor gave £500,000 to lobby Tories

Ian Taylor gave £500,000 to lobby Tories


The oil trader has been embroiled in a series of controversies.He is the boss of Vitol Oil, which paid Serbian war criminal Arkan $1m in 1996 for his help in recovering a debt.

The firm was accused of undermining EU sanctions against Iran when a subsidiary bought oil from the Middle Eastern state.

Mr Taylor had dinner at Number 10 weeks after it emerged that a secret “Libyan oil cell” brokered a deal for the firm to supply oil to rebel forces in the North African country.


John Nash gave £200,000 to lobby Tories

John Nash gave £200,000 to lobby Tories

Ex-Leader’s Group member and his wife Caroline gave more than £200,000 before the election. He got a peerage and became an education minister when Cameron won power.

Donations included £21,000 direct to ex- Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to bankroll his office in Opposition.

When most of the donations were made, Nash was head of Care UK, which makes most of its money from the NHS.


May Makhzoumi gave £1m+ to lobby Tories

May Makhzoumi gave £1m+ to lobby Tories

Personal donations by wife of former arms dealer Fouad Makhzoumi.

Her billionaire Lebanese husband was at the centre of the scandal which brought down Tory Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, who was recruited to the board of one of his firms in the 1980s.

But Aitken failed to declare the directorship and, as arms sales minister, promoted a military equipment deal for his friend in the 1990s.


You scratch Cameron's back and he'll sort you out!

You scratch Cameron’s back and he’ll sort you out! Meanwhile there’s the Gagging Law to stop anyone lobbying against him.