Latest from Shanghai: Walking around the streets wearing pyjamas is to go the way of the struggle session and shooting oneself in the back while jumping from the 6th floor window to escape justice. And … the neighbourhood busybody committee? Yes one would think those awful throwbacks would be extinct by now, but they’re throbbingly alive and busy as ever, this time at deciding what other people can and cannot wear in the streets ofÂ Shanghai.
I was surprised to read that wearing pyjamas around city streets was a sign of prosperity – here in Hong Kong it seems the opposite, somehow.
Still, neighbourhood committees must be opposed on principle and told where to get off. Keep your noses out of others’ sartorial preferences, people!
Meanwhile a group of mainland petitioners have come to HK to plead their not unreasonable case of being allowed to live in their own houses and not get beaten up by police when they complain about being thrown out of them whenever it suits some developer to tear down the neighbourhood. They are touchingly grateful, not only for not being beaten up by our lads, but even being given chairs to sit on and water to drink. HK Police – indeed Asia’s Finest. Then again they haven’t much competition, eh?