About McPherson's Rant


McPherson’s Rant is an old Scots Folk Song about a Robin Hood Type Character who was hanged.

There is no connection, unless you count the “rant” part.  The world’s a strange place and sometimes a “rant” at absurdity and unfairness is just what’s required.

Here you can expect to find examples of stupidity, irony and idiocy , especially relating to Hong Kong, and with particular attention to the SCMP, and its’ letters page. A common problem with many blogs is their failure to find something new to say, I find the SCMP, and it’s letters page, provides plenty of ammunition on a daily basis and will reference them frequently. If you have your own letter not getting published, put it on our comments section.






There was a good paragraph in a letter in todays SCMP:  ” In its quest to become more like the mainland, an increasing number of laws are being passed in Hong Kong but ignored by the authorities tasked with enforcing them.”

So true, and like the smoking ban, this is a consequence of the Hong Kong approach to policy making.  Take a good idea, pop it in the consultation blender and what emerges is an unrecognisable piece of junk that is impossible to enforce, all because no one in government really wanted to piss anyone off.  Wankers.  Idling engine ban? Lets do it, but only for show!  Smoking Ban? Lets do it, but don’t enforce it!  Liquor Licencing? Lets show we are really strict by making it really difficult to get one!  But lets ignore the seven elevens!  Rules of the road! Stupid colonials… didn’t they realise Asians don’t do traffic regulations.  Consensus politics gives us a pile of shite masquerading as legislation so why do they bother?  ’Cos it’s all smoke and mirrors. They want to be seen to be doing something but in reality prefer to do nothing.  I call it the inverse swan scenario… on the surface everyone is rushing around like maniacs, supposedly getting stuff done, but underneath, or in the offices, everything is smooth and serene, cos everyone is doing nothing except posturing for promotional position.



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