Would fungus do better PR for the cops?

Hong Kong’s security minister John Lee tries to make the freezing of Jimmy Lai’s assets sound normal – nothing to do with press freedom, and purely aimed at preventing heinous crimes and threats to national security. (Apple Daily looks at the legal side of asset-freezing here.)

It doesn’t help that Lee is an ex-police officer. Anyone who watched HK Police press conferences back in 2019 will recall how cop-spokespersons always found it utterly bewildering that some among their audience might not believe their often-idiotic lies and drivel (‘reasonable force’, ‘yellow object’, etc). 

Commissioner Chris Tang takes a relatively more sophisticated approach. Rather than assume that everyone will automatically accept what he says as the truth, he implicitly threatens to arrest reporters who don’t.

The police are not the only branch of government in decline these days. Could slime mould do a better job than Hong Kong’s transport planners? Stupid question, I guess.

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5 Responses to Would fungus do better PR for the cops?

  1. Strangely Brown says:

    The slime mould twitter link is lifted from Merlin Sheldrake’s superb Entangled Life
    book.

  2. where's my jet plane says:

    Jimmy Lai asset freeze strengthens HK’s status: CE

    …as an international pariah state.

    The woman is delusional, she should seek medical help.

  3. Stanley Lieber says:

    “Apple Daily looks at the legal side of asset-freezing here.”

    There is no “legal side” to anything in Hong Kong since the passing of the NSL. The legal system is a facade, a farce, a charade and a cruel joke. It is meaningless.

    There is only what the CCP wants. Everything else can go hang.

    Apple Daily asks, “How long will Jimmy Lai’s assets be frozen and can he appeal?”

    He can appeal until the cows come home, but he won’t be getting back any of his assets so long as the CCP is in power.

    Now they’re going to shut down Apple Daily.

    Freezing JL’s shares is just the first step.

    “Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.”

    And neither does the law.

  4. Reactor #4 says:

    I bet a few of You Lot wished the rioters and rioter supporters had backed off following C.E. Carrie Lam’s announcement that she was going to withdraw the Extradition Bill.

    However, the local leaders and their overseas string-pullers couldn’t help themselves and took “sticking-it to the authorities” to another level.

    I truly believe they thought their actions were going to end up with an independent HK.

    Idiots. Absolute idiots.

  5. Penny says:

    Oh no, he’s back! And still churning out the same old stuff and nonsense.
    Jerk. Absolute jerk.

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