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on 21 September 2010

I have to say that I fully agree with Waziona Ligomeka's critique of this book's claims (see here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2AUH60MA2S12W/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_1?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R37ESLFL775NLI) - which is why I haven't done my own personal review(!) [why reinvent the wheel!?] - and am astonished that others, who've given glowing reviews on the US Amazon site, haven't disagreed!

I would only add that the proposed tariff of the author is the "one-size-fits-all" variety, which could just as easily be copied by other countries in a tit-for-tat reaction: this would render the tariff useless and, therefore, needless in the first place - beggaring its imposition.

If there is to be a tariff, it should be a "smart" strategic one - similar to Australia's immigration strategy, where they allow(ed) immigrants based solely on their need for the employment market. A similar approach would allow a tariff that could be varied depending on which products or raw materials were needed for manufacturing purposes. In fact, this latter scenario is now being considered/implemented by the USA - the import of raw materials will be facilitated over those which are not required.

My own disagreement with the WTO's rules concerns clauses which prevent countries from blocking international products from being sold within their borders. These were intended to prevent protectionism but they also prevent governments from doing so on the grounds of public health and safety. In my view, there needs to be a change to the WTO's rules allowing governments to protect their citizens from anything considered dangerous to the public's health.

Kindest regards,

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