LETTERS: by R.A. D'ArcyNews Weekly
, January 25, 2003
It was very disappointing to find Mr Colebatch reiterating the many tired platitides of the academic free traders (NW
, December 14, 2002).
Interestingly enough, no developed country which prospers even faintly attempts to practise free trade. The massive farm support programs practised so widely in the United States of America and in Europe are striking examples of modern practice.
Intelligent governments have long rejected free trade. For much of the post-World War II period, Japan developed industrially at an extremely high rate. There was no nonsense about free trade for the home market. Only encouragement for free trade in the countries to which Japan wished to enter. And prosper Japan certainly did.
In recent months, Mr Teese's contributions to News Weekly
have been both welcome and erudite. It is to be hoped he will continue to enlighten readers about the sophisticated economies with which we trade.R.A. D'Arcy,
Burleigh Waters, Qld