The first main post on this blog has been behaving oddly the last few days, displaying an uncanny resemblance to computerized vote counts in some US elections. When more votes are entered or more people click on a link, we normally expect the total figure to rise. Don’t Drink the Toothpaste, however, suddenly dropped 50 hits… and then then fell by another 40 or so. At this rate it will soon officially become the most unpopular post on this blog.
I had a day off news on Thursday, so I didn’t notice that the mainland media had finally reported the suicide (or…?) of Tianjin CPPCC chairman Song Pingshun - only a month late. Overseas media had already been given this information the week he died, though there seemed to be some disagreement about how and when it happened. Most of the stories relied on Hong Kong reports. Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao was probably the main source of this news for mainland readers. Now that the CPPCC is holding its latest meeting in Beijing the public here can finally be officially told by Xinhua. Song has been stripped of his party membership. That’ll teach him.