Thursday, April 10, 2008

When is a Boycott not a Boycott?

In March when Gordon Brown announced that he would be meeting with the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, Beijing tried to point out how they felt about this.

When Nicolas Sarkozy came a calling he announced he was considering boycotting the Olympic opening ceremony. No. 10 issued advise that Gordon Brown was against such a response.

That was until yesterday when Gordon did a spectactular U-turn denying that he had ever intended attending the opening ceremony, despite evidence to the contrary and said he now wasn't attending. The timing of course is only a few days after the first major protests affected the international Olympic Torch relay in Gordon's own capital city, followed by even worse reaction in France and a diverted route yesterday in San Francisco which upset the 20% of San Francisco's population who are Chinese by extraction.

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