The Rector of All Hallows, Whitchurch - Rev Kelvin Inglis - came with a delegation to the House of Commons to lobby Sir George about Trade Justice. With him were Caroline Hoyes (left of picture) Mr and Mrs Fisher and Mary Milne.
"Trade Justice is asking the Government to use its influence within the EU to allow developing countries to shape trade policies that protect their vulnerable farm sectors and promote their national industries, and to allow countries to choose the best policies for poor people and the environment in services such as water, health and education."
"I congratulate TJM for raising the profile of this issue and for successfully focusing attention on the scandal of Western protectionism in advance of the WTO talks this December. I believe that free trade is good for poor people in developing countries, and should be promoted. I believe that free trade is fair trade. Poor people, not their politicians, should be free to choose where they buy their goods and services. If they want to buy cheaper goods from abroad, and spend the money they save on food or medicines, they should be free to do so.
Free trade facilitates voluntary co-operation between people all over the world. Free trade increases the range of goods available to people. It allows countries to specialise in what they produce most efficiently, thus leading to greater wealth creation.
I agree that Western protectionism, particularly the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and US farm subsidies, should come to an end. I think that it is immoral and hypocritical."
"At the 2005 election, the Conservative Party committed itself to a timetable for the dismantling all trade distorting agricultural policies by 2013. We continue to challenge the British Government to fight for this agenda in Europe."
"I also believe that Free Trade needs to be part of an agenda which includes debt relief, aid and improved infrastructure. An Advocacy Fund needs to be established to provide developing countries with the expert legal and economic advice they need to hold their own in world trade negotiations. Poor countries need more foreign investment, not less. Private enterprise creates wealth and jobs, and spreads technology. Foreign investment invariably drives up labour standards and improves living conditions. We should encourage companies to invest abroad, not demonise those that do.
I think that it is clear that just as protection is counter-productive for developed countries it can be equally damaging for poor countries."