When weirdoes start crawling out from under the woodwork, can the denouement be far away? Lifelong communist faithful and former Justice Secretary Elsie Leung warns that anti-National Education hunger strikes and occupation of the government concrete at Tamar will lead to anarchy. That is, a state of no functioning government – public administration unable to implement policies owing to protestors’ tactics that are emotive, effective and make patriots and officials look and feel humiliated. The old girl has a point.
Beijing-friendly broadcasters are onto something as well. When I checked the now-infamous ATV editorial on the protestors on YouTube yesterday, it had been viewed 10 times; it is now nearing 2,200 – and other versions floating around have been seen by a multiple of that number. It is a classic (and funny) example of Chinese Communist Party paranoia: the anti-National Education movement is part of a British/American plot to destroy Hong Kong in order to make China look bad (that is, in case anyone needs to have it spelt out, look incapable of running a city of 7 million that worked fine up to 1997).
Where are the evil Anglo-Saxon influences undermining the Big Lychee so the motherland loses face? They are not among the Westerners in our high-value service export industries who pay tax and give our retail sector a boost at weekends through their large-volume purchases of liquid refreshments. They are nowhere to be found among the gwailos who are so active in air-cleaning, heritage-preserving, dolphin-protecting and plastic-pellet-gathering circles. They are probably not even among the Native English Teacher brigade, despite being in the perfect position to poison malleable young minds.
No: they have infiltrated far deeper than that.
Behold legislator Regina Ip (British-style HK University, Glasgow University, Stanford University, degree in Elizabethan literature, British-trained civil servant.) Her handling of the Article 23 legislation left Hong Kong authorities powerless to counter threats to Chinese national security.
Behold ex-Chief Executive Donald Tsang (son of British-trained cop, British-trained bureaucrat, MA from Harvard, wears bow-tie). He crafted the original proposal for National Education in such a way that mainstream Hongkongers were bound to see it as a sinister, creepy, alien bit of communist brainwashing – even funding a United Front body to produce fatally propagandistic teaching materials.
Behold Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (HKU, Cambridge U, British-trained bureaucrat, Fullbright placement with US Government in 1988, smarmy British accent). Her well-honed condescension and stubbornness have now almost certainly left Hong Kong officials incapable of indoctrinating local youths into correct thinking about the one-party system, and indeed has persuaded the kids to embrace resistance.
The London/Washington-backed Hanjian exposed.
Even so – there is now officially absolutely nowhere you can escape Mainlandization.