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.





It’s not racism tho…

SCMP letters pages have been burning hot recently on the issue of the government subsidy for the English Schools Foundation, with a government minister describing it as a historical anomaly, and the usual suspects such as Pierce Lam and Cynthia Sze espousing their view that Hong Kong does not need English, and in fact all expats should shut up. Both of these correspondents wear there prejudice on their sleeves, they consider anything relating to the previous colonial government as negative, and that all expats should just go home ‘cos this is China now.
I’ll concede that the subsidy is a historical legacy, but does that make it a bad thing? The small house policy is a historical legacy, and that is a bad thing, but I don’t see our bunch of incompetents rushing to bemoan it, as it is filed under “too hard.” Also, a historical legacy; ¬†schooling abroad for children of civil servants, not to mention their obscenely high wages compared to the private sector – am still amazed that cha cha Tsang is better paid than Obama.
At root here is anti colonialism, or if you want to use a stronger word, racism, of which more, much more later.
But for now, every time I read one of these letters, from the above, or Peter Lok extolling the wonders of the motherland, I’m moved to wonder how quickly these people forget the opportunities that were ‘foisted’ on them by a colonial government, ie the right to escape to Hong Kong from starvation, murder and exploitation on Mainland China during the worst of the communist parties excesses. Hong Kong is a immigrant society, the colonial government operated a ‘touch base’ policy for those escaping ‘commie’ persecution; if you got here, you were allowed to stay. How many successful immigrants in Hong Kong are here today due to this enlightened policy.
But back to the ESF, it’s all been covered in the press, and it is just an ignorant government pandering to the masses, and ignoring reality, over 50% of pupils are of chinese extraction. The main issue is that local education is not good enough for ambitious parents, who do not want their children brought up to be good wee empty vessels ripe for filling. ESF and other elite schools breed intelligent, well rounded and confident individuals who are much more mature at any given age than their government educated peers.
Instead of penalising the ESF, the government should be investing massive sums of money in all schools to improve the overall quality of the local education.


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