The spirit of the ‘two sessions’: bored Hong Kong delegates, desperate Hong Kong reporters, inane quotes.
Newly appointed NPC deputy Frank Chan says the Hong Kong government’s priority is to ‘win back people’s hearts by telling good stories about the nation’…
“The challenge now we are facing would be the return of people’s hearts,” he said. “By saying so, we need to tell more about the truth about our country, the status that we are in…”
OK, here’s a good story. After Chan was promoted from government engineering jobs to policymaking head of housing and transport, he said on various occasions: bringing the cost of housing down would be unfair on the middle class who already owned property; reducing car use was undesirable as people have small apartments and enjoy having private space in their vehicle: and the HK-Shenzhen high-speed rail link would be profitable from the start. The story’s happy ending: as an NPC deputy, he now has zero input into policy.
Back to the Stand News trial. I think I’ve got this right: the prosecution is accusing the outlet of committing criminal sedition by publishing pieces (written by other people) that might incite hatred of the authorities by claiming that the authorities restrict freedom of expression. There’s a serious irony-deficit here.
I knew this was going to happen, and didn’t even have enough time to predict it. Sanitation workers gather art (loosely defined) from garbage and hang it on their facility’s walls, even attracting visitors; government tells them to remove it…
The workers said that it did not bother them that they had to throw the paintings away, as “they were rubbish anyway…”