Hong Kong’s Handover 20th Anniversary celebrations officially begin with surrealist performance art on a scale worthy of Bulgarian installation artist Christo.
I’m not thinking of activists draping a black shroud over the tacky Golden Bauhinia…
…meaningful and heart-warming though it is.
For genuine extreme breathtaking audacity-weirdness, it’s hard to beat mysterious Mainland mega-conglomerate HNA. The founder-boss of the sprawling airlines-to-anything-you-can-think-of empire is now claiming that the group paid other-worldly sums to acquire land at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak in order to bust the local evil property cartel and provide at-cost housing to its own employees.
To add to the hallucinatory feel of it all, the South China Morning Post reports this with a straight face. As if what may or may not be a giant front for Chinese elites’ capital flight/money laundering – which may or may not be ballooning on the back of a nightmarish Mainland ‘wealth-management-products’ Ponzi scheme – is suddenly besotted with fixing Hong Kong’s housing mess, and it’s perfectly normal.
It’s going to be one of those weeks.
But the Tories in Britain are also telling people to be patriotic. That means the same as it does here. Shut up and make money.
It’s all claptrap. Or as they say in Kensington: clad trap.
Be nice to Tories week is over. Watch out.
Well, if you can’t join’em, beat’em!
“Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Michael Luk said on Monday that protesters who draped a black cloth over the top of the Golden Bauhinia statue in Wan Chai had committed blasphemy. ”