Dirty little secrets and dirty little tricks
What does it take to be a good Chief Executive? Answer: a good wife.
Seriously, how many more times will Mrs Tang have to stand in the spotlight, slap on a grimace, shed out tears and back up her philandering, tycoon-grovelling, basement-hunkering husband? From ‘it’s all my fault’ to ‘if I could choose again, I would still marry Henry’ – we have this to say: Lisa, you’re either the best spouse in Hong Kong and deserve to take your hubby’s position in the CE election race, or the best politician in Hong Kong who still deserves to take his place. Oh, and Henry, why does your wife have to constantly weep and publicly forgive your affair(s) and alleged illegitimate offspring on Women’s Day? Can’t you grow yourself a set and take it like a man?
Then again, what does it take to be a bad Chief Executive? Answer: private trips. Indeed, when our ‘get-the-job-done Donald’ was spotted dodging cameras in a Macau tycoon-triad banquet, who would have thought his previous ‘trips’ on a tycoon’s private jet and a luxury yacht would be dug out by our omnipresent media to whip the city into a rage, demanding his resignation? When he solemnly announced in public that he would give up his apartment palace developed by a Mainland tycoon in Shenzhen, he never looked so noble! Of course, if he meant to sacrifice himself to help divert attention away from Henry (and he did get that job done), as some media have speculated, then he’s surely in the Tycoon Club forever. And given Donald’s recent exposure, the reheated news that the government granted the Harrow International School a 400,000sq ft land lot worth HK$600 million for a price of $1,000 seems natural to us. That’s just what seems to happen nowadays.
Meanwhile, in a TV show brilliantly titled Chief Executive Election, CY Leung came across as a big letdown. Neither his ‘conflict of interest’ scandal nor his aides’ dinner with an ex-triad boss failed to impact upon the audience or his opposing candidates. How come? Is he the one exposing his rivals’ dirty little secrets? Is he supported by those who have been exposing the secrets? Do the people behind him have a ‘say’? Are they still fighting with Henry’s people? Will Henry’s people steal CY’s people? So many questions, so few answers. But with the Big Day just 11 days away now, we’re as confused and excited and amused as ever. Charlotte Fan