Registered On: September 7, 2015
The insularity of aspects of the left clearly on display here. The big issue is not that millions of Uighurs have been sent to concentration camps, many women have been sterilised and had forced abortions and forced labour for those producing many products on sale over here is occurring.
Yet this isn’t the issue, the issue is what our government is doing to ‘distract’ from other circumstances. If the government’s plan was to use a major story to bury their own major story then they’ve been very fortunate that China’s human rights abuses has come to the forefront, following on from Hong Kong suppression, at the same time. It’s almost as if this is a stroke of luck rather than some fiendish plot.
The issue of the steelworks is of course one we should have sympathies with, the jobs do matter, but let’s not pretend that there aren’t severe concerns with China just to have a dig at the Tories. I don’t know what the best course of action there is, but acting as if it is a black and white issue where pushing back against China is inherently wrong is not the answer for anyone with the remotest interest in human rights. It’s a travesty that we’ve allowed ourselves to get so ingrained to the Chinese.
When the Holocaust happened the world said never again. Now an ethnic minority in China has had treatment which brings back scary analogues to that of Jews in 1930s Germany and sections of the left make out it’s wrong for governments to try and make a stand against the nation doing this.
I have no doubt that for many in government human rights is nowhere close to being a strong point, but for those of us who have an internationalist outlook and support human rights for all, when there is an opportunity to put pressure on a human rights abusing nation we should surely support it, regardless of the party in charge within the UK.