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.





I got arrested a few months back

And I was guilty.

Ok, I’ll admit to a few minor brushes with the Polis over the years, what self respecting Scotsman could get to my advanced years without having a blemish or two, or in other words aforesaid minor brush with the law. I should also mention that some of my best mates in HK are coppers so I don’t subscribe to the “fascist bullyboy thug theories”, and in each case it’s been more a case of high jinks getting out of control, never violence or anything I would term serious. So what happened recently?

Every day I get the bus in Central outside the Hang Seng Bank Headquarters. And every day for months I’ve been subjected to a cacophony of strident Cantonese tones broadcast through a loudhailer – pre-recorded messages, repetitive, painful and incredibly irritating? Something to do with Lehman’s, you may have heard these people in various sites around Central banks. Suffice to say, this particular day, I was a tad annoyed and took it upon myself to silence the source of my discontent – there were two loudhailers in operation that day – unsynchronized – discordant – and fucking annoying! I picked the first one up; seeking the off button, the batteries fell out, result! I wandered over to the second one, picked it up, couldn’t find the off button, no batteries fell out, and it fell to the floor with some momentum – and broke. Result! I rejoined the bus queue, a few supportive smiles, lots of eyes cast downwards, while the two protestors screamed, shouted and proceeded to film me. In the end along come HK’s finest, to calm the situation down. I explained to the inspector in charge what had happened and that, yes I was the guilty party, and that I was willing to compensate the owner of the megaphone. I offered HK$1000, a more than reasonable sum, but the old bitch demanded HK$50,000, and insisted to the Inspector I was an agent provocateur sent by Hang Seng to disrupt her legitimate protest. Long Story short. Court, plead guilty, ask to be bound over. Verdict. Bound over (No criminal record) Compensation HK$150. 
I left with a wee smile, especially as the two protestors were also bound over.

Points to ponder. It is illegal in Hong Kong to use a megaphone in a public place, anyone can find this under “noise ordinance” on the HK government website. It is a known fact that all the protestors are surrogates for the real individuals who were investors, the surrogates were paid HK$200 a day. Lets leave aside the whole concept of caveat emptor in relation to a very small percentage of, mostly elderly individuals who were ripped off, for the rest, you were greedy and stupid and deserved everything you got – of course, being HK, you actually got your money back. Which brings me to the whole point of this rant. The arresting inspector told me, that they get complaints everyday but are not allowed to take action as the government does not want to be seen, supporting the banks against the grass roots – ergo – the government dictates to the police what is and what is not a crime. So next time you see a rather strange decision by the police to drop charges or let someone off with a warning – rest assured you are assured of government interference and if they interfere with the police, what are they doing with the courts?


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