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.





Plastic Bags

I see plastic bags are in the news again!
Seems we might be using more than before the ban, or then again, maybe not, for sure many people are buying plastic bin liners, a hitherto unneeded purchase.

I’ve sailed in many parts of the world, including the Med,which is choked with plastic bags, bottles and general pollution,not to mention the strange sight of discarded flip flops which seem to be everywhere。 It’s an obscene sight many of you will never get to see,but if you ask me does banning plastic bags make any sense at all,I’d have to say an emphatic no。

Lets be clear; banning plastic bags is the equivalent of putting your finger in the dyke; while ignoring rising water levels that are pouring over your head。 A Plastic bag ban is a placebo designed to fool the wider community and convince them they are making a difference while it’s business as usual for government and our monolithic corporations, notably our supermarkets, transport sectors, fast food and construction lobby, tycoons with multiple jet airliners and a shallow conspicuous consumption that crossed the good taste barrier long ago.

Ban excess packaging, Styrofoam, lunchboxes, encourage goodbuilding practices, switch all commercial vehicles to LPG and ban the 350 000 private cars that inflict direct pollution into the air and lead an incompetent, purely reactive and clueless government to build more and more roads for a mode of transport that is communally divisive and will soon be obsolete.

Never mind the costs.

This might, if we’re lucky, engage the whole community in demanding and working for a better environment where pollution is not killing 7000 people every year, How many plastic bags are killing people?

The alternative? Take up the fiddle and watch, with thinly disguised glee, an egotistical form of life, that has no concept of it’s own insignificance, fade into extinction. The whole paradigm has to change, a few less plastic bags, whether re-used or not won’t stop the inexorable slide to disaster.


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