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. ┬áThe 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, just ignorance

There was once a comedy sketch with John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. Unfortunately it’s not on you tube due to some copy right claim, for fucks sake, it’s 40 years old, but it was a parody of the English class system and went something like this: Cleese: (looking down) “I look down on him because I am upper class.”
Barker: (looking up) “I look up to him because he is upper class,” (looking down) “but I look down to him because he is lower class.” (looking straight) “I am middle class.”
Corbett: “I know my place.”
Cleese: (looking down) “I get a feeling of superiority over them.” Barker: (looking up) “I get a feeling of inferiority from him but a (looking down) feeling of superiority over him.”
Corbett: (looking up) “I get a pain in the back of my neck.”

I mention this because in Hong Kong, there is a lot of that looking up and down on people, and it was touched on briefly in an excellent article yesterday by Philip Bowring in the Sunday Morning Post. As Bowring says:
That racism is innate in our official attitudes to our East and South Asian Neighbours who constitute all the domestic helpers is well attested to by many events, not least the continued government attempt to advise hong kongers of the dangers of visiting the Philipinnes.”

An uncredited copy of the same article can be found here on Asia Sentinal:

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To really get a feel for what are some very strange opinions, I’d recommend reading the comments section and weeping.


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