Yes, we have no imagination

The Hong Kong government – enfeebled, emasculated, eviscerated and more lobotomized than ever – draws on all its powers of creativity to Be Seen To Do Something.

In a dazzling display of originality, it draws on the same script used under three former chief executives and announces that the city (bursting at full capacity with shortages of labour and accommodation) faces imminent economic collapse. Going further into out-of-the-box lateral-thinking wackiness, it proposes a range of extremely tired one-off sweeteners including the immensely stale free-electricity-for-everyone, an extra month’s welfare payment for the poor, tax waivers, a rent-free month for public-housing tenants and subsidies for school students, plus even more stunningly inane little quasi-handouts for smaller businesses.

The SCMP, trying to be delicate about the crass and hackneyed freebies, reports that ‘different sectors found them underwhelming’.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan insists that the package has nothing to do with the massive protests that have rocked Hong Kong. Everyone else insists that it is totally a reaction to unrest – but will, just as totally, have zero impact at all in calming things. (Chan could have befuddled his critics by boldly agreeing that, yes – he had no intention whatever of using the sweeteners to calm things. But our senior officials are being sparer than usual with their wittiness these days.)

I declare the weekend open with a hopefully more-impressive package of sweeteners.

From HK Free Press: a review of front-line protesters’ materiel, and 360-degree video view of the demonstration at Tai Po.

An interesting selection of mayhem-porn from the authentically no-frills neighbourhood of Shamshuipo.

For graphic arts fans: Badiucao’s latest great cartoon (check mug and T-shirt offer), and a reminder that Hong Kong’s anti-government movement is so broad-based that we now have to like not only civil servants, but dog people – posters for protesting pets.

Willy Lam asks Will Xi Send the PLA In? In a nutshell: probably not. However, he has interesting thoughts on what happens further ahead, including the installation of an administration of local CCP loyalists under Liaison Office direction.

Time magazine does a good wrap-up of the whole situation in Hong Kong – just in case anyone hasn’t been following things up to now.

And SCMP Magazine does an in-depth article on – not handbags, not some fancy new restaurant, but… tear gas.

The China Media Project – which normally has the patience of a saint – finally gets rather exasperated with the bone-headedness of People’s Daily

This is a Party-state that claims to have benevolent global ambitions, to offer a “China Solution” to issues facing the world – and yet it cannot speak a human language. It cannot admit any subtlety on complex issues. 

Another China Heritage ‘Hong Kong Apostasy’ translation – thoughts on the protests by businesswoman Canny Leung.

And lest we get too wrapped up in the idea that Mainlanders’ views are shaped only by official propaganda, here’s some perspective.

For a complete break and a badly needed dose of pure relaxing sanity: this (don’t listen at work, or in front of kinds – in fact, best not listen to it at all, seriously. Not sure why I’m putting it here.)

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10 Responses to Yes, we have no imagination

  1. Chinese Netizen says:

    Wasn’t Paul Chan and tai tai involved in some spat at some sexpat private school over intimidating or bullying some CHILDREN a while back??

  2. drooling beaver says:

    please mention Bernard Chan’s silliness in his editorial today claiming that the only way forward is to put all the responsibility on the protestors to behave well. ecco needs to be wiped out and replaced by a people’s committee or some kind of seats filled by popular vote. these people are asinine.

  3. old git says:

    After 30 years in the American Foreign Service, Christian A Chapman retried in 1983

    He gave an official unclassified interview,%20Christian%20A.toc.pdf

    It should be mandatory for PRC and HK Senior Officials to read because it reveals historical and predictable American foreign policy for instance on arms sales

    All readers should study the page 8 paragraph on Morocco and the French colonial mentality and take remedial action about their blinkered approach to Hong Kong

  4. Boris Badanov says:

    Interesting the ProCMP doesn’t mention the Shenzhen PAP massing and ML”press” noises stating that military intervention in HK would not be another Tiananmen Square

  5. Chinese Netizen says:

    What is this Tiananmen Square you speak of??

  6. Stanley Lieber says:

    @drooling beaver

    Your criticism of Mr. Bernard Chan is unfair.

    He works his fingers to the bone for the Hong Kong people.

    He deserves our thanks for convening Exco’s weekly informational meeting for a measly honorarium of only $133,000 per month.

    Would you make that sort of sacrifice? I didn’t think so.

    We’re lucky to have him and all those like him who selflessly serve the public weal.

  7. @Stanley – weal (N.) A red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure.

  8. bob says:

    School goes back September 2……..let’s all sit back and watch as the protests tone way, way down.

    Funny how the height of the protests coincided with school holidays.

    Even funnier how footage shows massive % of protesters to be, oh, let’s say….roughly secondary school age.


  9. Chinese Netizen says:

    Putting into practice lessons of civil disobedience for summer extra credit, despite common complaints about Hong Kong’s “indifferent youth” seems worthy enough regardless of age, no? ?

  10. Gerald says:

    Bob may be right about the protests committed by school kids (who didn’t like goading the cops when they were teenagers?) but to judge by yesterday’s massive turnout in Victoria Park the vast majority of protestors were probably mostly in their late twenties/early thirties. A huge, peaceful protest like this presents more of a political
    threat to the Govt than some over-excited teenagers.

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