Musings —11.20.2012 04:19 PM—
Me? I agree with Trudeau, and not just because Trudeau said it. When I was in Vancouver on the Fight The Right book tour, a journalist at the Observer asked me about the deal. She seemed to be a bit hostile towards it. My question to her, therefore, was this: if we satisfy ourselves that all of the relevant undertaking have been met, why is it acceptable to do such a deal in the case of, say, the Americans, but not now the Chinese?
If there’s an allegation to be made about the Chinese, someone should have the courage to make it directly, I said, with evidence. In the absence of that, we can hardly style ourselves as free traders with some nations with which we already trade, but not others.