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CY Leung's Got Us Thinking About an Unnecessary Debate

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 April, 2016, 10:05am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:03pm

Chief Executive CY Leung said this week that debating Hong Kong’s independence is not necessary, because Hongkongers’ interests are the government’s priority. We’re not so sure about that, but we’re also pretty sure that debating Hong Kong’s independence is not necessary because it’s such a silly idea. Still, it’s got us thinking about unnecessary debate.

Where else could Hong Kong do with a little less discourse?

Hong Kong’s oldest television station was finally unplugged this week, after years and years of battling the inevitable. Financial and managerial difficulties meant that it never really stood a chance. Still, on the bright side—we never have to hear the phrase “free-to-air TV license” ever again. Ha! As if.

Maybe if we just ignore the city’s increasingly shrill lawmakers, they’ll realize that everyone’s stopped listening to them. Then they’ll reach out to try and find out what’s got society so unhappy. They’ll put their differences aside and work together in a spirit of co-operation to get some good work done for the city’s struggling people, leaving Hong Kong happier and stronger than ever before. Hey. Hey! Time to wake up and go to work! It was aaallll a dream…

Which International School to Send Your Kids To.
If you don’t have kids, any talk of debentures or IBs is excruciatingly boring. If you do have kids and you’re talking about international schools, then you’re of a sufficiently lofty socioeconomic status that your bitching about it is both irritating and insulting.

The Future.
The film “Ten Years,” which envisions a dystopian future for the city, won best picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards. It’s a compelling argument that the city is deeply unsettled about the future, and its awards recognition only makes that clearer. We say: Eh, why talk about it so much? It’s not like anything’s gonna change because of what we say. The government is already looking out for our interests, remember?

The Panama Papers.
The world’s biggest-ever leak revealed countless examples of the global ultra-rich and the ways in which they squirrel away their money offshore. People linked to the leak include relatives of the prime ministers of the UK, Iceland and Pakistan, as well as friends of Vladimir Putin. There also appear to be links to the families of Chinese leaders past and present, which we will never talk about ever again. Got it?