Back behind the VPN and the slow, slow, internet connection. Why would you want it? Still, there is enough to come up for air for and it’s a dawdle to selectively sift the drivel and content yourself with your own personal diet of bearable bang, bang, bang, switch off the brain, movies. HBO is there and if you are willing to watch the Bourne Identity, or some other shit, three or four times over the two months, then you will manage just fine.
Moreover, the stuff to really avoid is easily sifted out and although ego hadn’t bumped into Aaron Heslehurst before, he has now, and this character, who is a sort cloned Richard Austin Quest, gives a vacous rendering of the world economy that is uncannily similar to that given by the CNN anchor. Now, what was that chant that used to ring round the football grounds in the 60s and 70s ………..”what a load of rubbish”!
The glimpse into an aspect of the very real Chinese economy was interesting yesterday when, on the plane, my neighbour told me in passable English how he manages to run a home in mainland China and in Hong Kong simultaneously on a salary of 10,000 RMB (about 1,000 GBP) a month. Not bad going when the rent for a decent apartment in Hong Kong can be up to four times that amount.
However, here it is; you borrow about ten million RMB from a bank in HK and pay about 5% interest and you then give it to your company which invests it and gives you 12%. Well, sort out the maths and if that doesn’t sort of tell you that the Quest-Heslehurst school of economics is built on sand, then you are just another moron in the kingdom of the blind. But, hey, don’t worry, you are not alone, you are not alone! …….
…… and every morning you can see them, but they cannot see you; the swarm of little “ditouzús” (smart phone addicts) as they make their way to work. Here, there, and everywhere, the portents are being ignored, a grinning Hillary Clinton is about to win the Democratic Party nomination, the mandarins in Beijing would like them all to believe that they are on the “Chinese road to socialism”, Cameron and his crew lay waste to England’s green and pleasant land, and up above us in mainland China the sky tells us that it is madness, while drones and bombs slaughter those who don’t fall victim to drought and malnutrition, in order that living the three wee monkey life in the West is far preferable to suffering in that part of the world that is already paying the price in full for the madness that is capitalism.