Or, to put it briefly, the weekend has begun

Apple Daily, the scurrilous, muck-raking, mass-market pro-democracy newspaper, reports the latest issue of Time Out’s Hemlock mega-feature on Hong Kong’s forthcoming change of chief executive. (Part but not most of the 6,000-word opus is available here; a hilarious sidebar by Time Out staffer Kawai Wong of real quotes by CE-in-waiting Henry Tang is worth the HK$18 cover price alone.) Even better: Jimmy Lai’s organ places the item next to a story about the gorgeous, pouting new form-hugging Cathay Pacific uniforms, which are based on a fashion concept inspired by, it seems, the previous ones…

On a more disappointing note, Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Justice Barnabas Fung decides not to try applying his (anyway unenforceable, de-facto voluntary) guidelines on fair media treatment of election candidates to Internet channels. I was so looking forward to starting up an online streaming podcast – or whatever – focusing on one, spotty, no-hoper candidate running for Central and Western District Council next November, and pointedly ignoring all other participants, and then reporting myself to Justice Fung’s watchdog. Come and get me Barnabas, hundreds of people were planning to shout, let’s see how you stack up against freedom of speech. Alas, it won’t happen.

Should Justice Fung be stuffed and mounted in a glass case in the Hong Kong Museum of Natural History? No, because there isn’t a Hong Kong Museum of Natural History. But if there were, it would be appropriate. I thought they had all died out sometime in the early 2000s, but apparently one specimen remains in an isolated burrow in a dark thicket deep inside the remoter regions of bureaucracy-land : the ranking public official who has no idea what the Internet is or does. Such a rarity should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

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5 Responses to Or, to put it briefly, the weekend has begun

  1. Maugrim says:

    Be careful Hemmers, you know what HK is like, Barnabas may well be on you like a ton of bricks. Illegal additions are ok and merit an ‘honour system’ to be employed, but selling waffles from a cart isn’t. Don’t say you weren’t forewarned.

  2. gunlaw says:

    Hong Kong is a concept by which the right people talk the same language and the others only exist. The real question is: which is which?

  3. Real tax payer says:

    I guess Hemlock read Reigina’s op-ed in today’s Sunday SCMP. Henry’s CEO project farce seems to have escaped the attention of the western press ( maybe the news was just just too embarrassing, or too funny , or too sad , or too pathetic for the SCMP reporters who need stronger meat to feed on than HT’s droppings ) . Much though I dislike queen R, I must say I agreed with her op-ed and given the other short-listed candidates for our next CE ( or should it be CC – chief clown ? ) I think I would much more trust queen R at least to be honest and hold to what she believes and says, even though I don’t always like what she believes . I went out and bought that issue of Time Out , and frankly speaking it was THE most honest, accurate and perceptive piece of writing about our political future I have seen is many a year. I vote Hemlock for CE ! ( at least he would not a be a clown )
    If Time Out regularly publishes articles like that I will subscribe !

  4. Thinker says:

    I didn’t see how this article was any different from an extended blog post? Why not just write these pieces for your current blog Hemlock? Why funnel our pocket change toward the global Time Out corporate machine?

  5. Probably says:

    @Thinker……Hard Cash Peut-etre???
    Those Swire shares not paying out such good dividends this year?

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