HK_Katherine your post has been lingering in my mind... My partner kind of says the same thing you are saying.
For me I feel the CCP has failed in two parts (these are two very personal points...). One is animal welfare. In 2018 they promoted the wildlife trade, and China has a remarkable lack of animal welfare laws. They've pushed people out of poverty, but have yet this has created a distorted situation in cities. On the other hand, wild animals are being caught and used in dubious ways even for the entertainment industry. Even now, China continues to promote Chinese medicine, including the horrendous use of bear bile, for treating the corona virus.
The other thing I think that is a failure of the CCP is vanity, which has prevented them from focusing on things that could genuinely improve the quality of life for their billion residents. In this case, namely hygiene. (We have to put up with this vanity shit in Hong Kong everyday.) Just look at the bridge to Macau, and what a powerful expression of capability and money it is. But in the meantime, they have largely neglected promoting the simplest improvements of hygiene like soap and hand-washing. I've traveled to my good fair share of countries, and it never fails to amaze me that I can get on a high-speed train akin to Germany's and yet there is no damn soap in the toilets.
This is really just my two cents, but I feel the misplaced priorities of an authoritarian government will exposed through a situation like this. Honestly, a terrible epidemic was just waiting to happen...
I'm really concerned about how China has manipulated numbers and what this may mean for Hong Kong in terms of a third wave. Let's see... I simply can't imagine that a population of a billion people, who don't have a culture of hand-washing, could only have 80,000 cases when we're seeing so many other countries with a fraction of that population size rack up numbers far exceeding 80,000 so quickly.
Will this coronavirus make them change? Maybe, maybe not. I personally hope so, but old habits die hard...
Last edited by Coolboy; 12-04-2020 at 10:27 AM.
"I've been sleeping under the bridge for four days with no food to eat... I cannot buy food anywhere, no shops or restaurants will serve me," said Tony Mathias
Racism is very sad to see anywhere but not serving people food?