Can Great Britain's Greatest Athletes Be 'Commanded' To Kow-Tow To China?
I suck. He sucks. She sucks. You suck. They suck. We suck.
And so it goes, and goes, and goes.
Such statements seem commonplace nowadays, especially in the states. And while we freely confess that we can cuss, curse & swear as well as anyone can, we don't - and never did - have much time at all for those particular expressions.
However, there's always an exception to every rule.
Kow-towing, most certainly sodding does suck!
As does this shocking snippet of a sad state of current affairs news item published in today's 'Mail on Sunday'.
Read the rest of this sorry story, if you've a strong enough stomach.
Britain kow tows to China as athletes are forced to sign no criticism contracts
British Olympic chiefs are to force athletes to sign a contract promising not to speak out about China's appalling human rights record – or face being banned from travelling to Beijing.
The move – which raises the spectre of the order given to the England football team to give a Nazi salute in Berlin in 1938 – immediately provoked a storm of protest.
The controversial clause has been inserted into athletes' contracts for the first time and forbids them from making any political comment about countries staging the Olympic Games.
From the moment they sign up, the competitors – likely to include the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips and world record holder Paula Radcliffe – will be effectively gagged from commenting on China's politics, human rights abuses or illegal occupation of Tibet.
Prince Charles has already let it be known that he will not be going to China, even if he is invited by Games organisers.
His views on the Communist dictatorship are well known, after this newspaper revealed how he described China's leaders as “appalling old waxworks” in a journal written after he attended the handover of Hong Kong.
Sadly, it seems there's no such thing as far as the stupid shitheads at the British Olympic Association (BOA) are concerned.