Monthly Archives: July 2012


HISTORY – The ‘Great Chinese Takeaway’ – the 1997 Handover 12

As the dust settles on this weekend’s celebrations and protests, it’s worth taking a look back at the 1997 Handover Day itself as nostalgia for the Brits hits an all-time high and distrust of the mainland sinks to an all-time low.

The climax of that rainy Monday was a ceremony at Tamar site as a bunch of old drug dealers gave way to a bunch of old fascists. In attendance were greasy Chinese president Jiang Zemin, smug new CE Tung Chee-hwa, a glum-faced Prince Charles, egg-tart munching last governor Chris Patten and freshly elected total bastard, Tony Blair (complete with hideous coat-hanger-mouthed wife)…

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The proceedings mostly went to plan with Patten leaving Government House at 4:30pm on June 30th before respective flags were lowered and raised at midnight. One minor hiccup was the entry of 500 troops into Hong Kong three hours early, which – of course – scared the living bejesus out of everyone…