I am tired of banal political slogans, repeated interminably as sound bites, as though we are all too stupid to comprehend more than six words at a time, on any subject of public interest.

Of course, being in China, we are privileged to have a long tradition of inspirational slogans from our illustrious leaders. "The Great Leap Forward" is an obvious contender for most inaccurate campaign title of all time - as history proved, the push turned out to be a great leap back. The name of the "Let 100 Flowers Bloom" campaign of 1956, which encouraged dissenting opinion, had a poetic quality that masked the plot's true intention. The less romantic "Have Fewer Children and Raise More Pigs" at least got to the point, in 1979.

No one really knows what the current favourite, "One Belt, One Road", means, but it does evoke romantic notions of sailing junks and camel trains building Chinese economic hegemony while plying their trade across Asia and beyond. It's just unfortunate that the translation of the slogan is reminiscent of the idiom "belt and braces", which raises the possibility of officials' trousers falling down unexpectedly.

Of course, China does not have a monopoly on oversimplified sound bites. The British excel in dull slogans, such as Prime Minister David Cameron's inspirational "Britain Living Within its Means" presumably with an offshore tax haven.

In 1996, Australian democrats opted for "Keep the Bastards Honest", which at least adheres to the classic Chinese four-character model but, most would agree, lacks poetic nuance.

Like he did with the "War on Terror", American president George W. Bush could muster only three words for "Stay the Course", trying to justify continued military intervention in Iraq. His successor, Barack Obama, came up with the infantile "Yes We Can", a slogan that sadly does not apply to the closure of Guantanamo Bay or gun control.

Any online search for Hong Kong's most famous political slogan leads inevitably to 2008 and the furore caused when newly elected lawmaker Gary Chan Hak-kan told a television reporter that he would "try my breast".

Maybe all public officials should do the same and spare us the pain of their pointless sloganeering.