Memo to the person who hit Financial Secr5etary John Tsang with an egg at a recent public forum: don't waste good food on bad politicians.
Tsang's boss, Chief Executive CY Leung, for whom the missile was probably intended, subsequently said that "such incidents won't happen in mature democracies". This is yet another factual inexactitude from a government that produces rather a lot of them - in fact throwing eggs
, paint, and more recently glitter
, at public figures is a time-honoured tradition in many mature democracies, including the UK
, and of course the USA
. Notable victims
have included Rupert Murdoch
, Bill Gates and even the King of Sweden.
Despite claims that such incidents are immoral
, violent, and even constitute terrorism
, their intent is clearly symbolic rather than to cause physical harm (though in a few tragic cases
, they may do so); the aim is to leave those who are perceived by the thrower as dishonest, immoral or self-important looking ridiculous, deflated and humiliated. As such, most Hong Kong government ministers are clearly prime targets for such treatment.