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PostSubject: Re: The WTO - WTF?   Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:31 am

cactus flower wrote:
Basically, Harney can privatise the entire health service under GATS and there is nothing that can be done about it. The GATS makes it difficult, if a government has not used the full extent of the General Exemption clause in Art. XIV, to defend the health service against privatisation/"for-profit" commercialisation. She must love it.

Is this a decision that has already been made? When would it have been made and would it have been first brought to the Dail? I intend to get the information on this, so anything you could tell me that would help me frame my questions would be really useful.



http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file23034.doc THis is a useful UK gov paper on the issues.
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PostSubject: Re: The WTO - WTF?   Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:53 am

cactusflower, getting information on this has been difficult. Certainly, I have heard of no Dail debate on the implications of the GATS and seeking out information on the WTO web-site as to what the Irish government has committed under specific commitments on Schedule 8 (Health) has proven fruitless (so far). Hence my previous suggestion of getting a suitably intelligent opposition TD, if such there exists, to table a written PQ for Harney to answer. That could start fireworks in the Dail if the Opposition knew how to use the opportunity.
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PostSubject: Re: The WTO - WTF?   Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:26 pm

I would draw an analogy between the Institutions of Globalisation and Stocks. People do not understand them, are suspicious of them, cannot put a real value on them, do not understand them and suffer because of them. As a result people will ultimately vote to sever ties with them.
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