Friday, 28 January 2011

"Don't panda to China", response to letter in 22 January Spectator

Letter to the Spectator, in response to a letter implicitly lambasting China for its incarceration rate:
Jonathan Mirsky takes a cheap shot -- presumably because he couldn't resist the word play -- when he says, apropos China's ursine gifts, that "... Like so many mammals of interest to Beijing, the pandas will end up behind bars".
But the incarceration rates of China (120 per 100,000 population) are less than the UK's (150), multiples less than the US (750), and even below the world average (145).
Does he not see the beam in his own eye?