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Kicking the ball into the long grass, Beijing-style

The classic governmental evasion in these parts is the Royal Commission or somesuch, but perhaps Blair in his death rattle might like to follow the Chinese approach:

"Democracy will emerge once a “mature socialist system” develops but that might not happen for up to 100 years, Premier Wen Jiabao wrote in an article in the People's Daily, the main Communist Party newspaper. For now, China must focus on “sustained rapid growth of productive forces ... to finally secure fairness and social justice that lies within the essence of socialism,” Mr. Wen wrote. The Premier said the country is “still far from advancing out of the primary stage of socialism. We must adhere to the party's basic guidelines of the primary stage of socialism for 100 years.(Source)

I've only ever seen five year diaries, and the calendar in Outlook only goes up to 2099.

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Blogger CityUnslicker said... 11:09 am

This sounds earily like Alex Salmond out on the campaign trail.  



Anonymous nick drew said... 11:47 am

Given that Putin promotes more or less the same approach, we may have to wait a bit for the next click of the democratic ratchet.

Still ... roll on the Beijing Olympics & let's find out whether (as I suppose most of us think / hope) a deluge of western media can works its subversive magic.  



Blogger The Hitch said... 1:06 pm

"fairness and social justice" Now where have I heard those words before?  



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