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“Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.” Bob Dylan wrote that line and also the prophetic, “Don’t follow leaders and watch your parking meters” decades ago and they remain relevant as ever in a world gone off the rails in so many ways.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP4XP8CaX7k

In Hong Kong, we are witnessing a city drained of inspiration and everything else no matter what those overnight Pollyanas might think about the “creativity” of the current Occupy Central or Umbrella Movement or Mary Poppins Movement taking place which has morphed into one weird and misplaced Teddy Bears Picnic, John and Yoko’s bed-in and someone’s naive and romantic notion of what the drug-addled Woodstock Generation might have been about.

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The protests, the transparent showboating, the teaming up of the good, the bad and the ugly where no one knows who’s wearing the white hats, and a quivering government on the backfoot when it could have quelled a movement hijacked by student leaders for what once appeared to be all the right reasons, but which has now dissipated into a comedy of errors of Fawlty Towers proportions, has not only brought daily life to a standstill, it has quashed, bashed and killed that well-known Hong Kong resilience and To Do spirit.

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The Occupy Central virus spreading through Hong Kong is worse than any SARS epidemic as it has to do with power being handed to those on a silver plate unable to handle it and who have now overstayed their fifteen minutes of fame by three meandering months.

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When the new history books will be written, the publicity stunts of Benny Tai and his two dribbling, gibbering cohorts in this farce will be seen for what they are- a sideshow that’s mutated into being Hong Kong’s own man-eating plant like the one from The Little Shop Of Horrors that kept yelling, “Feed me”.

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Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Dr Chan Kin-man and the 70-year-old Reverend Chu Yiu-ming are the Three Stooges of Hong Kong Democracy, who, literally, can’t even be arrested. They are irrelevant as they are incompetent. One had to laugh at their pathetic attempts at martyrdom by “surrendering” to the police yesterday- but who called their bluff by not jailing them. What for? Why give them a new cause célèbre? Wasn’t the stupidity of shaving their heads for publicity enough?

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Tai and company are yesterday’s news and should be ignored instead of being given extra airtime. They are losers. And jokers and trouble makers worse than those Occupying Mongkok. With triads you know where you stand. With drama queens, you are always being played like a one trick pony.

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Benny Tai, especially, has played and sucker-punched the Hong Kong media and the Hong Kong people for way too long whereas the student leaders and their “street marketing teams” on social media have outstayed their welcome. Joshua Wong was a nobody three months ago and is still a nobody. He is no Gandhi, and his own version of “Hunger Games” rings very hollow. Someone buy him and his naive followers some McHappy Meals and send them home.

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Better yet, ignore them all though there will always be an International media army based out of Singapore that will have its orders and agendas for creating “a brand” and “social media cult” around someone now seen to not be the smartest lightbulb in the building and with no Escape plan.

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Where are his other student leaders who preached “solidarity”? Like John Belushi in “The Blues Brothers”, they have seen the light and the folly of their ways and have slithered away- back home to a hot bowl of mama’s congee and a hot bed. They fell out of love with trying to be John and Yoko and Dr Martin Luther King Jr rolled into one.

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And what of our government? They are shaken and stirred and lost with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam suddenly conspicuous by her absence after once being the Face Of Reason. This is a ragtag government led by a ruthless businessman who has played for high stakes before becoming Chief Executive- and won.

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CY Leung doesn’t know how to lose, he cannot see himself losing, and which is what makes him more dangerous than Dr Strangelove, Putin. Humpty Dumpty and Dr Evil put together.

Dr Evil

Of all the players in this political Phyllis Diller, it’s always those that appear most in control who are the loose cannons. CY Leung is making all the right noises through his Code Of Silence to be this loose cannon.

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Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong and how we have arrived at what must be one of the bleakest hours in the history of Hong Kong and not the Yellow Brick Road to “universal suffrage” and a brighter future some might have once naively thought it would be is chillingly scary.

What is taking place at Admiralty and Mongkok is not some Lan Kwai Fong Mardi Gras and “Make Love Not War” party for wannabe hipsters, weekend peaceniks, gullible tourists and those who don’t see Hong Kong as their home.

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APTOPIX Hong Kong Democracy Protest

These are combat zones where no one- especially the people of Hong Kong who never asked to be part of “occupying” anything- will emerge the winner despite singing “Imagine” or the songs of Cui Jian or Beyond.

The genie has been let out of the bottle, Nero continues to fiddle while Rome burns, there are no leaders, and there is no Feel Good Moment in sight as there is nothing for Hong Kong Belongers to feel good- or proud- about.

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Hans Ebert
Chairman and CEO
We-Enhance Inc and Fast Track Global Ltd
www.fasttrack.hk