By Beth Main
The BBC has missed a great story and run yet another article on Chinese tourists coming to the UK to shop, yes we know.
What they also report on is that before hitting the shops a Chinese couple went to visit Marx’s grave in Highgate Cemetery, to wallow in reverie in front of the father of Communism, you know because they are Chinese Communists and all… what?!
The screaming hypocrisy is just plain confusing. How can you claim to be in awe of your socialist guru right before you say ‘screw you comrade, I’m going to Chanel’?
We have all heard Deng Xiaoping’s famous quote “It doesn’t matter if it is a black cat or a white cat as long as it catches the mouse”, but I don’t think he then intended the cat to fly first class to the UK and trade the mouse in for a crocodile skin handbag.
Thousands of Chinese tourists go to the UK to shop for luxury goods that are cheaper than at home, but even more are going to Europe because the visa application process is much easier. So Britain intends to simplify the visa application process for Chinese nationals to up the tourism revenue.
Shops such as Selfridges and Harrods employ Chinese speaking staff, accept Chinese credit cards and apparently painted the toilets in “earthy tones” so Chinese defecators feel more comfortable (that’s a new one!).
We can only presume that the BBC was so incensed at the Chinese tourists’ lack of admiration for Big Ben (Chinese allegedly call the landmark ‘Big Stupid Clock’, as 笨/bèn means ‘stupid’ in Mandarin) that they were blinded to the glaring and frankly more interesting story of how Chinese communism is having its designer cake and eating it.