Pots and kettles
Scottish independence? Impossible.

Foreigners still bad

It’s clear that Sam Wong is not going back down on his argument that the Romans have never done anything for us:

Hong Kong government doing well

South China Morning Post | Friday 3 February 2012

I refer to the letter from Jeffry Kuperus ("Competitive thanks to mainland", January 17) in reply to my letter ("Some deny post-colonial reality of HK", January 12).

He referred to the airport being built under the stewardship of then governor Chris Patten. He complained about social welfare deficiencies, exorbitant room charges in private hospitals, high-priced apartments and a lame-duck chief executive.

The airport was built thanks to the city's abundant reserves, without which Mr Patten would have achieved nothing of note except his controversial political reform package.

So these abundant reserves just happened to be there?  He’s not going to give the colonial administrations any credit for them, is he?

The chief executive is doing a fine job. Economies worldwide are still suffering from the aftermath of the financial tsunami, but the city's economy has remained buoyant. Unemployment remains low and decent social welfare is available to people in need. Prices of apartments are high but this is compensated by a low tax regime. Private rooms in hospitals are expensive but charges are transparent.

The chief executive runs the administration in accordance with the Basic Law, which should not be interpreted as to "kowtow to Beijing".

Of course not.  Donald Tsang is totally his own man. 

Unfair criticism against the chief executive may mislead the public, undermine the administration and slow down the development of democracy in this city.

Right, because no-one criticizes political leaders in democracies.  If people said unfair or untrue things about Obama that would be terrible for democracy.

People living in cage dwellings deserve our sympathy but their future can only be changed by themselves.

I once lived in a small cubicle in a run-down area in Sham Shui Po. The apartment had neither a heater nor an elevator. The conditions were far worse than cage dwellings.  However, I have worked my way up from clerk to financial controller.

Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in t' corridor!

Oh, we used to dream of livin' in a corridor! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woke up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House? Huh.

Well, when I say 'house' it was only a hole in the ground covered by a sheet of tarpaulin, but it was a house to us.

We were evicted from our 'ole in the ground; we 'ad to go and live in a lake [continues in similar vein for several minutes].

Hong Kong will not deviate from a prudent monetary policy despite an abundance of reserves. We will not repeat the mistakes of countries in Europe.

Sam Wong, Tsim Sha Tsui


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