Archive for August 13th, 2011

Farcial Legal Process in the PRC

August 13, 2011

I have been following the legal travails of Matthew Ng an Australian entrepreneur who built a successful online travel company in China for sometime now.

Two comprehensive accounts of the farcial trial of Mr Ng can be read HERE and HERE.

Corporate takeovers PRC style, and the following foregrounds Craig McGregor’s argument about the relationship of the Party to the judiciary:

Chinese authorities yesterday took the further unusual step of revealing that the judgment would be decided not only by the three presiding judges but a committee consisting of 20 of the People’s Court’s most senior cadres, who were not in the room. SMH above

This takeover is right up there with best business practices found in Chongqing, again written up by John Garnaut HERE.

More detail:

How to bounce back from a bad business deal in quotes.

“AUSTRALIAN businessman Matthew Ng broke down in a Chinese court yesterday as he told judges that police promised several times – to him and his wife – that if he handed back assets bought from the Guangzhou government he would be set free”.

“Mr Ng’s lawyer, Chen Youxi, told the court that this showed the true intention of the Guangzhou police had always been to seize back the assets bought in a commercial sale by Mr Ng’s company Et-China from the state-run Lignan Group”.

“Mr Ng’s sister, Wu Lizhen, told The Australian that police and Lignan employees had attempted to coerce his wife, Niki Chow, to convince him to give up his assets”.

Source here

British Intertextuality and the Criminal Classes…

August 13, 2011

The generally unreadable post-structuralist Julia Kristeva argued that no ‘text” can ever be completely free of other ‘texts’.”It will always involved in what she has termed the intertextuality of all writings.” And, as you would expect, turning to Wiki, a dodgy research tool for the lazy, we see Kristeva’s point being expanded by one Stanley Fishe who:

“…made a distinction between what he labels ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ intertextuality. Horizontal intertextuality denotes references that are on the ‘same level’ i.e. when books make references to other books, whereas vertical intertextuality is found when, say, a book makes a reference to film or song or vice versa.”

Now without exploring this nonsense further, let’s accept the fact Kristeva was on to something well before the advent of the internet and social media, where this process of intertextuality has become almost de rigeur.

My favourite fun example of a film referencing a precursor text was perhaps found in Guy Richie’s Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrel with Rory Breaker, the Black drug lord brandishing two pistols, as he leapt out of the van to retrieve his diverted THC supplies.

The Harder They Come

Rory Breaker who bears an uncanny likeness to Little Richard

Now and without making a meal of it, did a search on British crime families and came up with the following:

Meet the Johnson’s: Britain’s No 1 crime family HERE.

How about the Fox family in Glasgow HERE, who sound like total shytes and the neighbours from hell.

British crime families come in every configuration and ethnicity and the list is endless, even if the list is dominated by the ‘gangster chic’of the Krays. And here I recommend Jake Arnott’s truly hilarious depictions of Jack ‘The Hat” McVitie, Joe Meek the psychotic record producer and Lord Teddy Thursby in his trilogy discussed HERE. Arnott does a stellar fictional job in capturing high and low social currents within British culture from the late ’50s forward. Arnott is to be further applauded for the large buggery quotient written into his various narratives, a fact of British cultural life whatever the social class. (Even now, David Cameron is busy burying his pillow-biter boarding school past.)

To be continued with referenced links.