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by | 31st, August 2005

‘“WHY EVERYTHING IS NOW MADE IN CHINA,” says the Express, which itself is now printed in Shanghai on edible rice paper and in squid ink.

‘Zai jian’

The so-called bra wars between the European Union and China that have led to a “trade row” are to the Express symptomatic of a wider malaise.

Forgot those lofty notions about free trade, and know that “we are ever more dependent on imports from the Far East”. And: “It may mean cheaper goods and more choice but could reliance on China’s strength prove to be our fateful weakness?”

As usual the Express’s question is more loaded that a British teenager in a Faliraki strip club, but it’s not the paper’s leading poser of the day.

For that, readers need to eat their way back towards the front of the paper and use their Beijing Telecoms phone to respond to the question: “Should the EU be allowed to stop us kicking out clerics of hate?”

The “us” is not the paper, but we the British. And the vote stems from the Express’s front-page story: “Now Europe tells Britain: YOU CAN’T KICK OUT CLERICS OF HATE.”

It seems that “Brussels bureaucrats” are ready to put a block on our Government’s attempts to deport “Islamic hate preachers”.

The precise details of that EU’s plans to do us down are not revealed but the paper says that they involve the rejection of our “tough measures” and a reaffirmation of the EU’s strict ban on “governments sending people back to countries where they could face torture, persecution and abuse”.

That such a thing should have to be re-iterated is unfortunate, even if the move is said by the paper to be a

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