Wed 26 March 2008, The Guardian

For Brown to boycott the Beijing Olympics would be hypocrisy when British business is busy wooing China

By Marcel Berlins
I would be less worried if it were not for his embarrassingly ill-judged stance a few months ago, when he boycotted the EU's Lisbon conference because Robert Mugabe was going to be there. The prime minister who made that decision is capable of doing something even sillier, such as instituting a boycott of the Beijing Olympics over what's happening in Tibet. He shouldn't even be thinking about it. Such a step would be utterly ineffective and almost certainly counterproductive, harming the boycotting country rather than the boycotted one, while not in the least helping the victims of injustice and oppression. Above all, it would be an act of staggering hypocrisy.
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