Chinese poet on trial after using Skype
Chinese poet on trial after using Skype

Role on the Asian century:

Chinese dissident on trial after using Skype to send poem

Prosecutors charged Zhu Yufu with subversion, citing his poem, It’s Time, as well as text messages sent using Skype… Chinese prosecutors cited a poem and messages sent on Skype in the trial of a dissident, his son and his lawyer said, in the latest case highlighting the Communist party’s drive to silence political challengers.

Hat tip boingboing

Meanwhile in enlightened Australia they are introducing “quiet” carriages on trains. Initially it is to be enforced by signs and other passengers. Later it will not doubt be enforced more forcefully. Perhaps if it is political talk then they can be charged with sedition, as well as speaking. It is such a sad sign of how damaging political correctness is.

Not that long ago good manners were taught. Along with offering seats to pregnant ladies, people on trains did not shout down the phone or blast out music. But political correctness put paid to that. Got to overthrow societies norms so we can create a more just, equitable, insert your choice of adjective, society. Of course we end up with something less pleasant to live in. Manners don”t just maketh the man. Cumulatively they maketh the society. But the goal was so noble. Now they are trying to recreate customary good manners. Can they put Humpty dumpty back together again? If not then it will be the strong arm of the law. People will be prosecuted for speaking or the rule of law will be further undermined. Nice.

The picture heading this post speaks volumes about free speech in the European Union:

Finnish politician charged with inciting racial hatred

“This trial is absurd and preposterous. I voiced my personal opinions during the election debate, and I was not inciting hate against any specific group. You can’t be judged on your opinions,” told Mäenpää to YLE ahead of the hearing on Tuesday.

Politicians saying what they think. We can’t have that. I mean, whatever next?