Is China more democratic than the West?
Extra marks to the BBC for Jacques’s question’s being included in a series called “A Point of View”. So, it is a point of view, but such a controversial one that it has to be phrased as a question to soften the blow. The BBC instinct for so-called balance runs deep.
Thanks, as so often, to Oliver Kamm, who saw it first.
Number 864 in the QTWTAIN series was asked by Channel 4 News, but I am only now catching up:
Scarlett Johansson: Obama’s secret weapon?
That will be “secret” as in “Hollywood Democrat on stage in front of large audience and audience of millions on television endorses Democratic candidate”.
Wasn’t Clegg obliged by ministerial rules to have his talk with Rompuy noted? Serious breach of ministerial Code?
Judy K also drew my attention to the first in a new series, of QTWTAINe (Neither), asked by Slate:
Are You an Ann or a Michelle?
*Jacques was an executive at The Independent in the mid-1990s, when I was a political correspondent.
Update: Some time after I posted this, the BBC changed the headline on this article to “Is China more legitimate than the West?” which is a nonsensical question, shortened from, “Is the Chinese government more legitimate than governments in the West?” Fortunately, I had kept a screen print of the original (right).Tagged in: headline, qtwtain
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