Having been a journalist and knowing that sub-editors write the headlines, it still didn’t help my mood to see the words “NO LOCKDOWN DECISION YET, SAYS LAM” screaming on the front page of today’s SCMP.
It was the word “YET” that irked me and further added to my utter contempt for Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and serial alarmist.
There was then this sub-head: “Chief executive urges people to stay calm and insists the extent of needed restrictions for launch of universal testing needs to be assessed”.
So why say anything at all?
In the immortal words of the quite wonderful singer-songwriter Alison Krauss, You say it best when you say nothing at all. And no, Ronan Keating didn’t write the song.
The horror show that is Carrie hardly exudes confidence and her current role seems to be that of being the harbinger of bad news.
It certainly looks like she carelessly- or purposely- throws out fear- and then tries to reel it in. But by then, it’s much like the needle and the damage done.
This latest headline and accompanying sub-head had to do with panic stricken Hong Kongers- and as is the norm these days- believing worst case scenarios, stocking up on food supplies and hunkering down for another round of fake living in the Dead Zone.
Of course, that other serial alarmist in Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee doesn’t help matters with quotes like “We must reduce the flow of people to a certain extent- and citizens should not go out”.
Life is a rollercoaster. And no, Ronan Keating didn’t write that song either. Greg Alexander did.