It’s bad enough that Hong Kong must be subsumed into a Leninist dictatorship. On top of that, the city is being dragged down to the depths of pathetic-ness.
The government wants to build a HK$1.7 billion footbridge that would fail to achieve its purpose of relieving congestion. (Assuming, charitably, that this is indeed the object of the exercise. If the planners’ real intention is to waste vast amounts of money and damage residents’ quality of life, the project is just as dazzling a success as much of our psychopathic urban design and budget-blowing infrastructure work – as we shall see in a few paragraphs.) Even the pro-establishment Standard balks at this idiocy.
Note that several groups of professionals effortlessly propose a cheaper and better alternative pedestrian arrangement. Why aren’t these people running our public urban planning and design functions in the first place? Put simply: they are not part of the bureaucrat-tycoon crony-complex, and they are capable of independent original thinking – thus on both counts unacceptable to the paranoid Communist Party that vets our senior officials.
As if Hong Kong does not look sufficiently pitiful, the public libraries have now bowed to pressure from Christian fundamentalists and put ‘gay penguins’ books for children into a restricted adults-only section. LGBT stories for kids might be bordering on over-trendy liberal self-parodying absurdity – but hate-filled Evangelical freaks give them a real credibility boost, helped by our library officials. The Bible-bashers presumably spent ages prowling this catalogue, which has 1.9 million volumes for you to find objectionable.
Last, but by no means least, go here and click on the video link. This is our Transport Department’s guide to driving a car to Macau on the new HK-Zhuhai Mega-Bridge Concept-Vision.
By way of background: Macau is full and cannot actually admit cars from Hong Kong, so you would have to park and leave your vehicle on a massive reclamation outside the city, and then go through immigration into the northern district.
So already, the ferry makes more sense. But the video explains that the paperwork and other formalities, courtesy of three jurisdictions, make the idea much worse. The longer the video goes on, the more horrible and complicated it gets. Try not to burst into tears of mirth and/or despair when the cheerful government narrator mentions the phrase ‘simple and convenient’ to describe a nightmarishly bewildering Kafkaesque, Byzantine, labyrinthine Gordian-knot/hairball of a bureaucratic hell.