Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Insulting The Chinese Government Is Illegal

The Olympic torch is coming to London on Sunday (seeing as it's on the way between Athens and Bejing).

The government is clearly desperate that this event goes off without incident and doesn't get disrupted, nor the limelight stolen, by those annoying Tibetan demonstrators. Quite right too: this is a government propaganda opportunity to tell us all how wonderful it is that they're going to spend £9.3 bn (their estimate) of our money bringing the Olympics to London in 2012, and woe betide anyone who has the audacity to divert attention from that.

So much so that the not only have the said that they will prevent any attempts to grab or stop the progress of the torch (fair enough) but they'll also have Chinese interpreters on hand; any insulting banners will be confiscated. (Source: BBC)

So it's offical. Insulting people (or to more more accurate a state which the government is cosying up to for its own ends) is against the law.

1 comment:

Andrew Allison said...

The government got what is deserved yesterday and the protests have continued today in Paris. We should boycott these games, but I know we won't. We will miss the best opportunity to send a strong message to China what we really think of them.

Some will say we should go down the diplomatic route, but that will not work. We know that.

By the way, I am back blogging. Please put my link back on your blogroll.