The treatment of Taiwan and its 23 million people by the international community is a disgrace. It is a democratic country where governments change through the ballot box and where human rights are respected. It is also an immensely important trading partner for the UK: they send 83,000 tourists and 16,000 students here.
Hardly anyone comes out of the Regent Street flag debacle with credit. Certainly not the Chinese embassy, whose hostility to Taiwan’s identity is implacable, nor the Foreign Office, which should not have intervened, nor the Regent Street Association which should not have given in.
(I thought I might have found a bit of a political hero, until I saw his New Labourish voting record (pro-ID cards, against independent inquests etc) on They Work for You. Oh well. Taiwan has to take what friends it can get, and he's a lot better than, say, Ishihara Shintaro, or some of Taiwan's supporters in the US.)