Given all the latest kowtowing to the Chinese government it is clear that our politicians and business leaders are not going to let a few murdered monks, parents killed in front of their children and the brutal Chinese oppression of an entire society in Tibet stand in the way of making some money.

Our own grovelling government are urging that more schoolchildren are taught Mandarin Chinese, the better to fill their pockets in later life. And the relief shown by our gullible politicians at the exciting possibility of getting Chinese funding for the deeply uneconomic HS2 disaster that will only ever benefit those with deep pockets is repellently palpable. Don’t they know the difference between an olive branch and a carrot on a stick?

Worst of all is the sick message being given to our children in all this sucking-up. Morals walk when money talks.

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