HK hit by post-Plenum shoe-shining outbreak

Hong Kong’s top officials give prompt and fulsome praise to the outcome of the Sixth Plenum, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam telling us

…the consideration and adoption of the Resolution on the Major Achievements & Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century at the sixth plenary session is particularly meaningful.

Paul Chan gravely recommends that we all ‘study’ the resolution, and – perhaps fittingly for the Financial Secretary – rejoice in the parts about ‘common prosperity’.

Anne Stevenson-Yang has a less starry-eyed take. She suspects the trendy-sounding wealth-spreading stuff is little more than CCP-elite pork-barrel…

It is not easy to remain at the pinnacle of Chinese power: governing ideology is uncertain and attenuated, and the system is no longer delivering the benefits it once did. It looks like getting money strategically into the right pockets is more important than ever. That is one reason why the blatant handouts in the “Common Prosperity” program make so much sense.

Samuel Bickett’s appeal is about to begin – a Vox report.

To start the week on an upbeat note – From Oiwan Lam, an appreciation of My Little Airport, complete with YouTube links, etc.

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12 Responses to HK hit by post-Plenum shoe-shining outbreak

  1. Chinese Netizen says:

    “…the consideration and adoption of the Resolution on the Major Achievements & Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century at the sixth plenary session is particularly meaningful.” ~CENO

    What a pile of particularly hollow drivel. But I guess when your family is potentially hostage material, you have no options.

  2. Today's Pen Name says:

    My friends in the mainland tell me that Xi is riding high at the moment. The vast majority (at least of middle-class urbanites, or, to use a communist epitaph, bourgeois) are proud that China came through covid relatively unscathed and strongly approve of Xi’s leadership through the crisis. Plus, of course, anything bad is down to nasty Westerners. So, his deification is all but assured.

    As to the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party, people have short memories and victors write the history books….

  3. Ex delirimentum deliramenta fit says:

    “…the consideration and adoption of the Resolution on the Major Achievements & Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century at the sixth plenary session is an utterly meaningless pile of drivel that we all have to gush over like it makes perfect sense to prove our loyalty and not be disappeared.”

    There. Fixed it for her.

  4. Kwun Tong Bypass says:

    I am wondering what the quislings will say, after re-institution of democracy in Hong Kong around 2026, during their trials under the National Reconciliation Law (retroactive to 2019) :”I was only following orders”?

  5. Pope Innocent says:

    Hong Kong never had meaningful democracy so it could not be “re-instated”. Nor is it likely to be instated for the first time given the rapid degradation of democracy throughout the world due to social media.

  6. justsayin says:

    But has tennis been reinstated on the mainland yet?

  7. Just following orders says:

    @Kwun Tong Bypass
    Pope Innocent’s observations aside, you seem to be as optimistic as I try to be.

  8. where's my jet plane says:

    Customs Youth Leader Corps visits PLA Hong Kong Garrison Exhibition Center
    https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202111/14/P2021111200585.htm

    First question must be WhyTF has the Customs Dept got an apparently-paramilitary youth group?

    Should you read the press release, do have a sickbag handy. This quote has to be a classic example of the overblown arse-licking press release:
    Customs hopes that, through this visit, members of the CYLC would have a more comprehensive understanding of the motherland and the people’s army, as well as a deeper understanding of the splendid civilisation and magnificent achievements of the Chinese nation. Moreover, by viewing the models of the PLA’s military equipment, the members could witness closely the PLA’s advanced development in military equipment and its glorious history in maintaining Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability.

    Glorious history?

  9. Chinese Netizen says:

    @jet plane: Glorious history in sitting in wait while others get whittled down and then swooping in for the victory lap. Glorious in squashing foes that are known to be much weaker equipment and manpower wise. Glorious in that human wave frontal assaults can easily be done when you have a population bigger than most nations combined.

  10. Bloody Well Right says:

    Anybody know if Bickett has permanent residence? Looks as if he was fired before he was eligible. If no PR, I assume he will be deported after his legal affairs are wrapped up.

  11. Lint Westwood says:

    @where’s my jet plane – yes, glorious. For example Korea was a wonderful patriotic experience, just like the recent accurate portrayal in the movie Lake Changjin shows.
    Meanwhile, back in 2008’s here’s what Walt Kowalski thought: “You wanna know what it’s like to kill a man? Well, it’s goddamn awful, that’s what it is. The only thing worse is getting a medal… for killing some poor kid that wanted to just give up, that’s all. Yeah, some scared little gook just like you.”
    Glorious.

  12. Reader says:

    Oiwan Lam is a treasure.

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