China in his hand

December 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm (China, Guest post)

Guest post from Pink Prosecco

Our friend Mr Nooman is highly critical of Carillion’s practices with regard to those it employs at Swindon Hospital. If the allegations of blacklisting and bullying against Carillion are true he is quite right to stand up for the workers who have been affected.

Nooman’s blog is keen on China.

So I wonder what he’d make of this story, about an Oregon woman who found a letter describing conditions in a Chinese labour camp tucked away in her box of Halloween decorations?

Although one cannot be sure whether it is authentic, the horrendous conditions it describes are consistent with the testimony of former prisoners.

“Dai Liguo, formerly Detained Falun Gong Practitioner told the channel: ‘I was sent to Masanjia in 1999 and persecuted there. They produce handmade crafts for export.

‘Most are plastic and are toxic. I was making Christmas decorations, and also knitted sweaters. I had to work from 5 in the morning to 11 at night.’

Another former prisoner, Guo Yujun, said: “Aside from toilet breaks, we had to sit for the whole day, and make those products. There wasn’t a day off, and we weren’t fed properly. In our case, there was no pay for our work.”

Still –  their soldiers are super.


  1. Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    The picture of the Chinese sailors in that final link is rather wonderful – clearly the Peoples Liberation Army Navy were so impressed by the uniforms in The Fifth Element that they immediately commissioned Jean Paul Gaultier to redesign theirs – there is something particularly kinky about the jackboots.

    (plus those guys are clearly naval ratings and not military officers as per Newman’s caption – if you are going to have the hots for the repressive forces of a fascist regime you should at least know that ‘military’ only applies to land forces and that officers in every modern army or navy wear peaked caps and never parade with rifles).

  2. Rosie said,

    Perhaps you could point out to Nooman his incorrect identification of the heroic military forces of his adopted fatherland.

    • Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

      Maybe it is nit picking – but other than that they are Chinese and standing on an aircraft carrier he just about got everything wrong in that short caption that it is possible to get wrong….

      • Martin Ohr said,

        he may have actually got slightly more right though, despite their naval uniforms those guys with the rifles are part of the honour guard rather than being bonafide sailors, so they are land-lubbers most respects.

        As anyone who has ever been to sea knows, a rifle is more or less useless except as ballast or unless you have dropped your hammer overboard and need a replacement blunt object.

        In the US navy, the honour guard are bumped up to petty officer class, so it is possible that in china they do the same and those guys on the ship were indeed officers after all.

  3. Martin Ohr said,

    so they are land-lubbers IN most respects.

  4. Faster Pussycat Miaow! Miaow! Miaow! said,

    Petty officers are NOT officers. In-your-FACEpalm!

    What are sailors supposed to use when they board vessels during search and interdiction exercises or guard their vessel in port? Anchors? Mops?

    ‘Come ‘ere you, I’m gonna rip yer nostril withnthis ‘ere boat ‘ook!’

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