“This isn’t the Hong Kong I know.” “This isn’t the Hong Kong I want to be part of anymore.” These are what’s been heard on a regular basis for the past few months. Was it that long ago that the Hong Kong Tourism Association tried to sell us on its “I Love Hong Kong” campaign? Where’s the love gone? And what can the HKTA and InvestHK use to sell Hong Kong to the world today?
Stop thinking Hong Kong is not under siege by sheer stupidity and with no signs of leadership. Who’s here to lead Hong Kong if the city were to, gawd forbid, come under any attack of terrorism? Today’s Hong Kong is a scarily vulnerable city living a lie. Those in touch with reality look at their lives and see only desperation in order to simply survive. It’s become more and more expensive to get through each day. They’re tired, they’re angry, they’re frustrated and accept the fact that they have no voice. But who’s here capable of bringing about positive change?
The rumblings that started during the so-called “umbrella movement” has boiled over onto a dose of even more rookie politics starring another three pretenders to the throne of the city’s next Chief Executive, who we all know are totally inept for the role. It’s not even who’s worse than the other. All are amateur politicians, who have never shown any leadership skills in all the many years they have been around and the roles they have been fortunate enough to hold. And now they’re trying to reinvent themselves and sing that “The Times They Are A-Changing”? Please. Those who really know Hong Kong are in panic mode. They’re probably in even more of a panic because everyone knows which of these political lightweights will “win”. So much for democracy. Looks and smells far more like hypocrisy. But those trying to change this staged future will not get far despite the handwringing and protests. Those who matter are not listening. Those who matter are silently rumbling, Don’t poke the bear.
Then again, look around. We’re living in a world gone very wrong. Even Nostradamus could have seen this coming. Look at the arrogant buffoonery of the Orange Julius in the White House today who, in less than two months, has made America look weak, easily manipulated by a foreign power, a racist wasteland where the genie refuses to get back into the bottle, and showing leadership lacking any sense of honour and integrity.
Surrounding him has been a coven of warlocks involved in voodoo politics, and at least one political television channel with its in-house cheerleader happy to do his bidding and ready to go to war for him. On Twitter.
It’s not only the blind leading blind, it’s a group of very corrupt and rotten to the core businessmen lusting for more power. Like the husband found by his wife to have been cheating, their working credo is Deny, Deny, Deny. And tweet, tweet, tweet.
This is not to say that the Clintons were squeaky clean and that Obama was nothing more than a showbiz President and Teflon Man who was lost without his teleprompter. But none of these people personified pure evil.
In Hong Kong, meanwhile, we’re watching Mickey Mouse politics at work aided and abetted by those with the financial resources and media power to buy another year of discontent and create instability. There are also those like Hong Kong’s richest man who cannot hide his feelings that the Hong Kong that made him is lost, confused and has spiralled out of control. But with his company’s interest in the property market, he’s been part of the problem. The one-time “Superman” is no longer a hero. He’s a tired old man.
The question is, For whom and what’s the end game for Hong Kong? What can the puppets and the puppet masters and rookies in politics- and this includes much of the local media being easily swayed and engaging in reporting such pettiness that it takes the eye off the really big stories, actually do? Have these long seasons of discontent been and continue to be kept alive coming from the land of the Big Orange Julius. And the Kremlin.
If anyone thinks there’s not a strong Russian presence in Hong Kong beyond the Eastern European escorts who are made to troll through the bars and lounges of five star hotels every time a huge international convention is held here have been playing with the fairies for too long. What’s the end game of this Russian presence other than money laundering? That’s for our fearless leaders to tell us and protect us from. If they don’t know, and don’t know how to stop choreographed instability, Hunghom, we have a problem.
The land of the Big Orange Julius has been talked about in hushed terms for years- and that they have more than a “presence” in Hong Kong. That they have an office in Garden Road and are here to be as close as possible to see what’s going on in Beijing and create uncertainty in Hong Kong. It’s like a Hong Kong version of that brilliant television series called “The Americans”.
When is Hong Kong going to get back to becoming their own thinkers instead of allowing themselves to be used? When are they going to stop turning pettiness into “big issues” with, again, ageing and still rookie local politicians fanning the fires and refusing to go away despite knowing that they’re no longer relevant? They never were. But, then again, when they had a voice, this was a happy, buoyant Hong Kong. These people were just a sideshow one could tolerate. But not now. Enough is enough of fake ranting and talking on behalf of the “people”. The “people” don’t need buffoons with their own ego driven agendas. Shut up, before embarrassing yourselves anymore.
There are then the young minds seemingly desperate for their 15 minutes of fame, and this being funded for them by Hong Kong’s very own Big Orange Julius who’s more like a Big Char Siu Bau and being advised by his own version of Steve Bannon.
One has to wonder if there’s more to the tail that is wagging the dog today and whether much of the pettiness going on in Hong Kong is a smokescreen for something foreign and far more sinister.