PR Implosion

“The philosophy behind this book has impressed me.” Millions of people overseas have read a book by President Xi Jinping…

I am sure it is a god read… for some.  It’s just that the powerful people who take themselves too seriously make me laugh, and their sycophants make me sad.

You can’t substitute nationhood with personal cult.  That way lies… North Korea.

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O SCMP…

US, Japan risk China’s ire courting Taiwan ahead of Trump-Xi summit

Thank you, the People’s Daily HK Edition, for pointing out the obvious… oh wait, it’s a Bloomberg article, copied and pasted, with a different headline.

Elsewhere… “Ivanka Trump – the US president’s new China charmer-in-chief“. This one seems to be written by their staff writer.

“Mainland state media have also been quick to heap praise on Ivanka, including a strange tweet last month from Xinhua that compared her face with that of Chinese actress Li Bingbing.”

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Charming… but one of them is security-cleared for the Executive Mansion, lest we forget.

英国の次の一手

#BrummieRevolution (What’s the point of hashtag, I ask myself, when the concept is so obscure!)

The sage of Birmingham

英国新首相、テレサ・メイ女史の首席補佐官、ニック・ティモシー氏にスポットライトを当てたエコノミスト紙の記事。

Brexit後の英国の進む道を示唆している。またBrexit同様か、それ以上に重要な政策転進であった中国との蜜月を1年で終わらせたメイ新保守党政権の思想的バックボーンのありかといったところか。

The new prime minister’s speech to the Tory conference in October (in Birmingham, as it happens) should be a Chamberlainite symphony. Renewal, a think-tank founded in 2013 to promote working-class Toryism, is emerging as the new regime’s brains trust.

次の部分には大笑い。

Mr Timothy’s analysis of his party—that it can appear not to “give a toss about ordinary people”—is accurate. The Cameroons’ brand of modernisation owed too much to noblesse oblige, to a vision of society that treated the welfare state as the institutional equivalent of giving one’s gardener a Christmas bonus.

もっともチェンバレンが提唱した帝国主義の下における経済・関税政策が第一次世界大戦の原因だったことは覚えておいたほうがいい。下手に中国を追い詰めて、あとは対岸の火事...なんてことは御免ですぜ。