The week gets off to a slow start

One of the more enjoyable analyses of the downfall of Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung appears in the NY Times today. How can you resist this?

His administration tried to change school curriculums to add history and civic-education classes extolling the Chinese Communist Party. It has appointed power-hungry loyalists to run Hong Kong’s universities. It has funded militant or Communist youth league-type organizations. It has facilitated the immigration and integration of people from the mainland, which many Hong Kongers see as a form of creeping colonization. The government’s official think tank is headed by ultra-Maoists-turned-ultra-nationalists.

… Mr. Leung has committed, in the parlance of Chinese communism, the sin of ultra-leftism.

One tiny nit-pick: the National Education push was essentially unfinished business left over from Donald Tsang’s administration. Not that CY had anything against the principle, of course. But he basically picked up his predecessor’s plan – badly thought-out apparently because Sir Bow-Tie simply didn’t take it very seriously (the idea going back to some off-hand blather from then-Big Boss Hu Jintao).

A similar point of information may be in order about current CE-hopeful Regina Ip. The then-Security Secretary did not resign in disgrace as a result of her failure to implement Article 23 in 2003; she had already planned to quit government to accompany her daughter to college in the US.

scmp-guyprop1It is not necessary or desirable to embellish these people’s lists of disasters.

The NYT piece focuses on how CY alienated even pro-establishment elements in Hong Kong through his obsessive (verging on deranged) attempts to wreck the city in order to save it for the holy Communist faith. In so doing, he also abandoned the original social-welfare emphasis of his 2012 ‘election’ platform. He hit the ground running, sort of, by barring Mainland mothers from giving birth here, half-curbing the milk-powder smuggling frenzy and ordering dozens of street-side elevators to help old folk cross roads on overhead walkways. Then along came Occupy, the pro-independence scare and all the subsequent mayhem.

The Big Mutter right now is that the next CE must concentrate on getting this livelihood stuff right this time because you’re sure as hell not going to be getting universal suffrage, and the alternative is more radical splittist youth uprising threatening national security. Peter Guy in the South China Morning Post sets out simple benchmarks by which we can measure how serious Beijing’s appointee is going to be on the key question – to fix housing or not?

Is the prospect of young separatist rebellion sufficient to frighten pigs into flying?

 

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4 Responses to The week gets off to a slow start

  1. WTF says:

    she had already planned to quit government to accompany her daughter to college in the US.

    Sums it up, doesn’t it. Even after 17 or so years of raising her daughter, she did such an incompetent job Vagaina dare not trust her own daughter to go off to University and grow up into a useful adult. Instead the old badger had to continue to helicopter over Jr Broomhead’s university life. If CY’s kids are a mess, can’t imagine what Broomhead has done to the unfortunate who in addition gets’ half her genetic code from one of the most disliked women its in Hong Kong

  2. Stephen says:

    @WTF

    Vagina is an irrelevance to the CE race and even in these unpredictable Trump / Brexit times I doubt she will get enough nominees to go through to the final exciting round of the CCP selection process, much like the Judge. Unfortunately she will still be a Legislator so she’s not going to disappear off our screens completely. She’s a thoroughly nasty piece of work and that Aching Bones and Al Semen are supporting her reveals much about them. Prediction – Head Prefect 900 Sycophantic Votes Hong Kong Boy 300 Pro-Dem Votes.

  3. Joe Blow says:

    100 paid-up members of Rent-A-Crowd said a fond aloha to 689. Neither Vagina nor her SM-slave Michael Tien were present. Goes to show who you friends are when you are no longer of any use.

  4. PD says:

    The NYT argues that, unlike Donald Tsang, who benefited from an un”elected” “shoo-in”, Curry Lamb will have to “stand” — implying that she doesn’t have most favoured status: an interesting argument, but not entirely convincing.

    It also says China doesn’t want Hong Kong to become more like the mainland, which, again, is not entirely proven.

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