Well, I see our friends in Google have put it up to the Chinese. They don't like all this censorship stuff. Google believes that people should be allowed say and write what they want. Without hindrance, or without vetting. All comment freely available. It's a free world and all that.
Most commendable. And indeed they've received the desired plaudits from an admiring world and a grateful Chinese public. Which was the whole idea.
But whence this new-found commitment to freedom of speech? They certainly don't do free speech if the God of Political Correctness is angered. Now I modestly concede that the Irish Savant site doesn't have the same geopolitical significance as the state of China. Still, as Google I'm sure would be the first to say, freedom is indivisible.
So if you're an observant type you'll have noticed a Google health warning as you entered this site. That puts a lot of potential readers off. More significantly, since I was perceived as offending the PC deity, Google have literally removed this site from their searches. For example, if, two years ago you had entered "Ireland, immigration, race" into the search engine, my site would have come close to the top, certainly somewhere in the first page. Do it now and you'll find it hard to get any results.
This is Google's idea of freedom of speech. The same as the rest of the so-called liberals. You're free to say anything you want................. as long as we agree with it.
And just for the record, there is no way that Google will pull out of China. This whole thing is just a ploy to get some good publicity, browny points for their 'do no evil' motto, to be followed by a quiet face-saving formula whereby things will continue as before.
Hypocrisy doesn't do it justice.