Norman Geras says what can possibly be said about Mr. Brown’s “I’m – not – going – to – Beijing – because – this – is – not – a – protest”:
Here’s a thought for him and those close to him to chew over: whatever he planned, if he’s now staying away people will be interested to know if there’s any element of protest over China’s human rights record in there. Cleft stick, buddy! Either there is or there isn’t. If there isn’t, then why not, given what you know about that subject? If there is, then your Chinese hosts may be miffed. It’s surely not an intention to send opposing messages to different people? No, he wouldn’t do that.
Gordon Brown is the new Poul Nyrup Rasmussen when it comes to media gaffes.