Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oh look! It's Johann Hari...

... bending the truth again.
[Richard Littlejohn] also argues that the safety record in Chinese factories is much preferable to the “‘Elf N Safety” in British factories. We are talking about a system where 600,000 people are worked to death every year...

I don't suppose that there is any chance that we could send Hari on a fact-finding mission to China, so that he can work beside the Chinese and see this first-hand?

No? Oh well.

In any case, dear little Johann is being somewhat economical with th... Oh, fuck it! Let's just be straight about this, eh?—as Timmy points out at some length, Johann Hari is lying again.

Now, a lot of people might think that I have been unfairly targeting Hari—that I have been pointing out little Johann's mistakes for my own perverse pleasure. I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth: I am simply helping Hari on his journey towards personal betterment...
Since reading Schultz's book, I have been trying harder to train myself to think systematically about my own mistakes. Every week, I make a list of what I have got wrong, personally or professionally, and try to figure out how to get it right next time.

You see? I come not to hinder Hari, but to help him.

Plus, of course, it does amuse me...

7 comments:

Ian E said...

Truly, to help others is a wonderful calling! Mostly a thankless task - but virtue can be its own reward.

Dioclese said...

I've been to China and I have to say that on safety issues in factories, we are at extreme opposite ends of the scale

Dick the Prick said...

There was some bollox about Chinese suicides which I think had Apple or someone changing their policies - statistically though, it turned out their suicide rate was much the same as here. Hmm...

Disposal Unit said...

The UK is in a society where 3000 people a year commit suicide, and 50 die at war in Iraq/Afghanistan.

Always found that an odd statistic.

Stephen said...

It doesn't seem unlikely that 600,000 are killed in Chinese workplaces per year, It is a brutal communist police state after all. Is everyting forgiven it because it is a profitable police state?

Anonymous said...

Oh, please send him to China. Permanently. Please.

Start a subscription - it'd be oversubscribed before ....

UBERMOUTH said...

As we'll all be working for the Chinese one day, we should encourage them to adopt health and safety.