Phew… It was a grueling and exhausting four-day weekend for anyone on Planet Twitter, where the Trump administration’s ‘Muslim Ban’ unleashed incessant, full-scale, howling, hysterical outrage. Such a deluge of righteous fury about fascism and evil is not only unsustainable, but probably disproportionate given the prospects for stupider, nastier and scarier measures in the near future.
Much depends on how soon and how often such policy-mayhem erupts, but I can’t see Trump finishing a four-year term by a long shot. Reality will intrude, his Svengali-advisor-freaks will eat each other, and his ‘friends’, allies and apologists will slink or scurry away. In frustration, he will suddenly detonate – blame everyone else for their failure and betrayal, declare the nation and world unworthy of his visionary leadership and genius, and probably set fire to the Oval Office before storming out.
It all seems so much calmer and more relaxing here in Hong Kong. Our only mildly shocking and unthinkable horror today is that Mainland agents operating out of their jurisdiction have (allegedly/presumably/obviously) abducted another person as part of ever-so-powerful-and-confident Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s struggle for political survival.
The local press struggle to explain Xiao Jianhua’s disappearance, while the Hong Kong authorities treat it as a case of man-left-hotel-with-bunch-of-guys. Behind the scenes, the Chinese censors and propagandists concoct a highly convincing and reassuring story that may or may not entail (wah – so original!) medical treatment.
The most parochial and pitiful part of the drama is yet to come – when Carrie Lam and other Chief Executive hopefuls have to self-flagellate by parroting a Communist Party-friendly line no-one believes.