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Carrie Lam’s Love

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嘴裡說疫情,心裡想選情,像極了愛情 – 劉偉程

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Title: Talking about the Pandemic, Thinking about the Poll, like love.

Carrie The Mom said at a press conference last Friday about the Legislative Council delay:

“I live with the epidemic every day, and I don’t have time to care about the election." (Carrie, 2020)

Believe her, she didn’t lie. In the past few days, from the view point on how CCP central government granted all requests of the Hong Kong government, how resources are contributed by them, how our mother country loves Hong Kong people as herself, sending the best experts to help us, blah blah blah, it can be read as that the government has made up its mind to convert the pandemic to vote for the Pro-Beijing camp. Handling the COVID-19 is the same as handling the election, so why bother to distinguish?

Remember the SARS in 2003? The catastrophe that claimed 299 lives. Trace back to the source and we can see, it was CCP government’s delay in reporting the epidemic. Even after the diagnosed entered Hong Kong and spreaded the virus, Hong Kong could not respond immediately. By the time there was an outbreak in the community, everything was too late. From then, no matter how tough our citizens were and how committed our medical and nursing staff were, there left a bloodstain in Hong Kong’s history.

Years passed, when it comes to SARS, see what is the official comment?官方的輿輪風向是甚麼?

“In 2003 SARS, the central government quickly delivered medical supplies. The care and concern of the central government moved us very much." (Tong Jianhua, who was the chief executive during the SARS epidemic and is now the vice chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, 2017)

Does it look like a husband with gambling debts? It made the whole family restless, and he is still telling his wife, “Hey, honey, remember at that time the creditor came to the door? I tried to go out to block it! How brave was I!"

It’s like love.

Now, this dear friend is performing the same trick again.

The severeness of the pandemic in Hong Kong is a fact. However, the 500 hospital beds in the community treatment facilities of the Hospital Authority are already in place. If the government is willing to help, it is absolutely feasible to add reverse triage facilities. The current 500 hospital beds are prepared by the Hospital Authority. What did the government do? You don’t know, I don’t know, nobody knows.

All I know is that the government will have a line in the future. Carrie may sneer and say, “Oh, the 500 beds provided by the HA will be overloaded. I’m more than familiar with it. Let me tell you this: “We cannot rely on HA to make more. Luckily we have strong support from the central government, so two temporary hospitals will be set up!"

In fact, based on various media reports, the location and scale of the two temporary hospitals have been determined. The CCP party is so efficient.

Temporary hospital, why? There is news again. Member in the government said that we must be careful and prepared for the fourth wave of epidemics and winter flu. Therefore, instead of taking precautions about preventing the epidemic, such as preparing for how to operate the social protocol, how to work flexibly, how to arrange online operations, they are building a temporary hospital and wait for the outbreak.

Not to mention the winter flu, more than ample studies have shown that when people have hign awareness of infection prevention, the outbreak of the flu season will be greatly curbed.

In other words, when the number of flu surged every year in the past, why didn’t the government set up a temporary hospital? Such government is either extremely stupid, or it treats the people as extremely stupid. It is not difficult to imagine that in a few years, Carrie will be interviewed, and will be like TUNG before. Oh, how difficult we were back then, fortunately we have all support from the central government!

Don’t forget the national COVID-19 testing. Experts said wholeheartedly that at this point the national testing results are of limited reference value. However, the government didn’t listen at all. Two days ago, “Wen Wei Po", a pro-Beijing newspaper, said the whole population should be tested. Then today news is the government is looking for a place to build a laboratory.

Does this farce sound familar to you? Have you ever experienced that your boyfriend bought you a gift and you didn’t like it, then he lost his temper?

He did not want to please you. What he wanted is him offering and you receving, like charity.

I am not here to deny all support. Increasing the amount of testing is great. With the procedures and standards guaranteed, it can alleviate the burden on Department of Health’s laboratories. What I want to emphasise is that national testing is not necessary. Adding temporary hospitals is a good idea, if it’s under the leadership of the Hospital Authority. It is also suggested to expand the reverse triage. However, does Carrie Lam or CCP need to “speak up" each time for these to come true?

One drama after another, seems this is nothing more than paving the way to rewrite HK’s future history, to turn the sadist into offeror, and to win over some people who don’t know the truth, and the votes will naturally be in favour of the Pro-Beijing camp.

What’s more if next year’s election prediction is not as they wished, sure there will be more tactics yet to come.

The pandemic and political situation have paining Hong Kong people to the bone. Nevertheless, what hurt us the most is that there exists such a regime that distorted the truth and used the pandemic for their own good. And she would claim it is you who conspire and politicized matter.

Do you think it looks like love?
P.S. “像極了愛情" “Very similar to love" is a Sino quote, and a meme, aimed to teach people how to write so-called poetry.

臥薪嘗膽 · 藝術 · 雜記 · 電影 · 歷史


Tom Hanks 1



電影全長個半小時,絕大部份是獵犬號跟U boats的糾纏,一如我在開首所講,特技是出色的,戰爭場面也是可觀,但由頭打到尾,無劇情無背景無戰術,簡單來說,就是沒有起、承、轉、合,就像一套功夫片,一開波就打大佬,一直打到尾,就算打得再精采,也不會好看吧?


《雷霆戰艦》呢?文戲跟戰爭場面是一比九十九,比例上嚴重失衡,劇情沒有任何變化(因為根本沒有劇情),更談不上氣氛層層遞進,而湯漢斯扮演的艦長,也不見得足智多謀(相比《異形海戰》的艦長,至少想出漂移此一奇招對付外星人),只是不斷下令左轉右轉躲避魚雷(這只是艦長的最基本職責)。觀眾看畢全片,既不覺得艦長神勇,也不知道所謂「雷霆戰艦」究竟有多厲害(觀其譯名,有此預期,也是合理的,英文是reasonable expectation),而對戰爭的來龍去脈,更是一頭霧水。



有「起」則有「承」。船隊起航後不久,即遭納粹U型潛艇及He-111魚雷轟炸機的連番伏擊,但都被護航艦隊一一擊退。據歷史記載,過程中發生了一段小插曲:其中一架魚雷機遭炮火擊落,另一架魚雷機慢條斯理地(魚雷機的特色是不夠快、無速度、飛得慢)穿越護航艦隊的炮火,斯斯然降落在墜機位置救出隊員(我fact check過,此款魚雷機體型較大,的確有空位可以救人),然後奇蹟地再次穿越火網飛走。PQ-17的一艘護航艦中尉看得兩眼發呆,咕嚕地說:「真他媽的不可思議!」這段小插曲見諸於電影,能起抒緩緊張氣氛之效,即最近經常聽到的「張弛有度」。






電影最緊要有戲劇性,戰爭電影尤甚,劇情發展到這一步,扣人心弦,原先積聚的底氣及希望一下子化為烏有,只要導演正正常常,必能拍出懾人的張力,保證觀眾就算急到瀨屎,也不會離開座位半步。那主角呢?我認為非PQ-17的船長John Dowding莫屬(不要搞錯,船隊有船長,艦隊有艦長,前者是負責PQ-17的航程及維持各貨船的隊形,而後者則負責保護PQ-17的安全),導演不妨多花一點鏡頭描繪Dowding在遭到艦隊拋棄後的失望、憤怒及恐懼,同時在後來遭到納粹海空夾擊下,他仍勇敢帶領貨船避開攻擊,以盡可能減低傷亡及損失,令觀眾更投入角色。



當年今日 · 臥薪嘗膽 · 雜記 · 政治 · 時事評論 · 每年今日


經典戰爭片《碧血長天》,英文戲名是the longest day,套用今日的香港,可稱為the longest year;過去一年,驚心動魄,也不知我們香港人是怎麼捱過來──百萬人大遊行、警民大衝突、721恐襲、831懸案、黎明行動、大學攻防戰、數千人被捕……一波未平一波又起,示威稍息,武肺襲來,之前出盡奶力也未竟全功的三罷,鄰國幫你完成任務,但換來的卻是一夜蕭條。這一年,香港人活得很苦呀!



那警察有無濫暴?come on James!黑白是良知,如果你覺得警察沒有濫暴,要麼你是一級港豬,極度無知,要麼你是深藍,超級無良!


但凡群眾運動,本來就容易失控,因為責任分散(此即社會心理學所謂的diffusion of responsibility),當大家都有責任時,大家都不會覺得自己有需要去承擔責任,故容易做出平時不敢做的事來(同樣適用於警暴)。而政府的責任,就是避免這個情況發生,因為一旦發生了,就好難收科。





理論上,法例有爭議,政府應該想辦法釋除市民疑慮,而非強硬立法,但政府可能貪勝不知輸,之前DQ了多位泛民議員,以為夠票就可通過,不惜違反程序,繞過內會直上大會表決,「過咗海就係神仙」,此舉觸怒全港市民,the rest is history。











凡事過猶不及,失控的自由行,除會影響民生,也養大了商家的胃口,使其自動配合政府(包括中共)施政,形成利益共同體,這也是上述陰謀論的背景──市民覺得中共借經濟滲透干預香港。政治上,perception is reality,政府除一貫否認外(不忘叫市民包容),卻沒有相應的行動配合,市民要「自己社區自己救」,自然更加令各種陰謀論不脛而走。