Man of people flies in to greet grassroots

Parts of Hong Kong’s Central District adjoining the main route from the airport were turned into Barrier City yesterday afternoon in preparation for the arrival of Vice Premier Li Keqiang. The idea is to pen pedestrians away from parts of walkways from which they might see the entourage during its two 30-second transits (plus three minutes for wave after wave of dozens of police motorbikes). Or, to put it another way, the aim is to stop him from seeing us. The main fear is probably someone unfolding a Tibetan flag rather than lobbing a bomb. Even with all the roads blocked off, the Airport Express would be quicker.

According to China Daily, Li is here to blather away about the 12th Five-Year Plan, Mainland-Hong Kong economic cooperation, partnership and all the rest of that twaddle. The Standard spells out this official line in earthier language, namely that Li has come to hand out economic sweeteners to show how much we need the loving motherland. He will also “visit grassroots people in their homes,” assuming he can climb over all the barriers. Willy Lam’s piece in the Wall Street Journal puts the visit in the context of Li’s presumed appointment to the premiership next year.

As is always the case when a younger Communist leader succeeds the previous generation of dictators, Li is an English-speaking, liberally educated reformer who likes jazz and wears jeans and will open everything up.

Question: What is the difference (not counting gender, ethnicity, choice of hair dye or IQ) between Vice Premier Li and Republican presidential hopeful and dominionist freak Michele Bachmann?

Answer: Li Keqiang doesn’t seem to have been embalmed.


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11 Responses to Man of people flies in to greet grassroots

  1. Probably says:

    Were the barriers in Central the reason that stationary traffic queued all the way back along the Island East Corridor to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel last night?

  2. Sir Crispin says:

    God save us from people like Bachman and her kind.

    This is a brilliant look into the minds (does the light shine through from one ear to the other?) of these nutjobs, written by a former insider who now likes to think for himself.

  3. Maugrim says:

    A visit to the HK Stock Exchange followed by an impromtu egg tart/wet market? How things change.

  4. Stephen says:

    Perhaps he’s here to announce that due to “weakness” of the supposed candidates for next years CE selection;

    Henry Horseface;
    Rita “I used to be as British as Anson” Fan;
    Regina “Woman of the People” and
    Sinister CY.

    The CCP has decided to dispense with the charade and appoint him as CE as he’s an around good chap, who likes jazz and wearing jeans.

  5. The Regulator says:

    The difference is that the American darts into the fray.

  6. Bigot says:

    Man of people flies in to greet grassroots
    but find Sir D and tycoons on the scounge instead

  7. Probably says:

    So if he is seeing “grassroot people in their homes” how many cage dwellings will he be visiting?

  8. Probably says:

    and I presume by embalmed one means an OD of botox?

  9. Joe Blow says:

    Lay off Michelle. She is a damn fine looking Minnesota broad and we need more people like that. She can floor a foal with her bare hands.

  10. Vile Traveller says:

    The airport express would certainly guarantee that he doesn’t have to look at anyone, other than the odd tourist to ignorant to know better.

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