With Hong Kong increasingly run directly by the Liaison Office, you wonder how much longer taxpayer-funded RTHK will be allowed to perform its independent public-service role before being turned into a government mouthpiece. Other (already predicted) measures we can expect as we slide into a police state are political tests/loyalty oaths for teachers and civil servants. Also, perhaps, more such barriers to keep pan-dems off the ballot in next year’s Legislative Council elections (assuming the government bothers holding them).
Could things have turned out differently?
SCMP columnist Alex Lo tweaks his stale ‘cantankerous disheveled ephebiphobic ranting has-been’ routine by saying he was wrong about Occupy leaders, who in retrospect should have a part in running Hong Kong, unlike those nasty horrible rude kids protesting today.
In retrospect, Beijing should have co-opted mild-mannered Martin Lee and Szeto Wah back in the 1980s, and allowed figures like (say) Audrey Eu to hold public office in the 2000s, or, failing that, listened to the civil-disobedience crowd in 2014 instead of jailing them. But nooooooo…
Speaking of benefit-of-hindsight, fans of Singaporean-style benevolent dictatorship might like this idea on how to sort out Hong Kong (from someone who must be smart because he’s been studying Asia since age 11). The proposal is that Beijing unilaterally impose its 2014 fake-democracy model by edict, and at the same time bust the property cartel. Looking back, this might actually have worked around 2005 or so – appeasing moderates and marginalizing radicals. Before things got so heated. If those oh-so long-term strategic-thinking Sun Tzu-reading 5-dimensional-mindset Communist Party geniuses had enough brain cells to try it.