I thought I’d post this as a tease. It was taken… maybe three years ago? and yes, not photoshopped. Hong Kong used to look like this most of the time not so long ago, except before and during a typhoon. Ah, the skies we used to have! All forgotten now. So I was thankful to the government for pointing out in yesterday’s South China Morning Post, one the front page and in that curious uppercase they’re doing now: ROADSIDE POLLUTION WORSE THAN EVER.
You don’t say? This is news, suddenly. Our ever-modest government blames it on weather, naturally, and something they call “worsening background pollution”. I won’t speculate on what that could possibly mean, but will remind you that when air pollution was rumoured to be less awful for a couple of weeks two years ago, the government took all the credit.
But with the increasing density of air particles at least we don’t have to look at (and smell) super incinerators every time we look out the bloody window, just like the one our engineer-pleasing government is planning just around the corner from these rocks:
Last week the government unveiled no fewer than 20 new
destruction construction/reclamation projects, a large number of which are to be built on water.
This is how they do it: Two government officials in a room with a map of Hong Kong.
GO 1: It’s getting crowded.
GO 2: Yeah, but we have six major construction companies needing 20 new projects this year.
GO 1: Oh. Hey, do you see what I see?
GO 2: Wot
Go 1: All that empty space
GO 2: That’s water!
GO 1: That’s fantastic! Nobody lives there.
GO 2: Wong, you’re a genius
Please watch the below film and write to the government protesting against this and other harebrained