Correction: it's midnight tonight not tomorrow that the lockdown takes effect. There's still some confusion over which services are "essential" and which aren't.
The bar I was in last night was on HK island. My drinking companion was the only white person there, and we were the only non-Asian customers. It was busier than last week. Around 15-20 people by 7pm.
Ahh yes ! when the boot on neck of society capitalists, cried foul of Goth Whitlam in Australia back in the early 70's, who did everything in their power to have him dismissed ! Whitlam was a political legend that would have made Australia a true international heavyweight and we would have been a truly self sufficient country that prospered, but his goals did not sit well with the capitalists, particularly imperialist America and he was overthrown by a cia backed coup enlisting our then, Governor General to dismiss him.
So for me, for the majority of good people of New Zealand, they very fortunate to have Ms Ardern as their PM. In a manner of speaking, this Covid-19 lead global economic crisis, might well be the necessary hard reset that we all need, to get a handle on population sizes, ( degrowth) bin the never satisfied growth economic model that has raped our planet and start living within our environmental means, to the benefit of the many, not just an elite few! The whole thing has to change, starting with the education system to cease producing obedient shoe shiners of the political elite. You know, just like Finland and Norway have achieved, the former outlawing private schools and eliminating 'classist' school bias aka class division.
It's quite amazing how different our world was 30 - 40 years ago to where we are today, thanks to the liberal government capitalist grubs. So no, Ms Ardern is exactly what the world needs more of, to shake the financial monkey's off everybody's backs !
In simple terms we need to adopt what the late Jacgues Fresco alluded to during his 101 year life.
When I lived in Hong Kong it used to stagger me just how much and how often the expat community drank alcohol, especially the Brit Boomers and their round buying shout culture, who really thought it was o.k to drink as fast as possible, 10 - 12 San Mig bottles during an evening sitting. This was most evenings too!
One thing I have noticed since we left the confines of the expat bubble that we lived in for over 2 decades is, young people ( Millennials ) over here in Brissie ( the ones I have observed during many social gatherings ) either don't drink thanks to P plate zero alcohol laws , or if they do, really take it easy or prefer party drugs instead lol
For the exception of a couple of middle aged lawyer mates of mine, who are very matter of factly and proud of it, high functioning alcoholics! But, for the most part, most people we tend to socialise with these days, either don't drink, or are noticeably drinking a lot less than they used to ( 10 - 20 years ago ).
This Latrobe University study below, tends to mirror my observations, which I can only think is a very good result for society in general.
It would be interesting to see once the boomer expats start popping their clogs, what affect ( if any ) it will have on the whole expat drinking culture in HKG as a general rule.
I find it amusing to see a number of expats feeling discriminated against because of the masks or drinking issues. Yet when it's time to label HK people as rude or greedy or racists then most of the time, it's just OK to put all of them in the same basket.