John’s platform (pass the tissues)

Hong Kong Chief Executive hopeful John Tsang produces his platform. It is a classic exercise in meeting the Chinese government’s conditions on tightening national (ie Communist Party) security and averting democracy, while offering some out-of-the-box fresh policy ideas. The former are compulsory if he has any serious desire for the job, though they could cost him pan-dems’ support and thus a nomination. The latter includes a negative income tax – 1960s-vintage Friedman.

As with all candidates, everything is back-to-front – he promises to create harmony before solving the issues that destroy it.

He will enable enablement, or something, but not when it comes to a cure for flu, which is all I care about right now.

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7 Responses to John’s platform (pass the tissues)

  1. Red Dragon says:

    Get well soon, Hemmers old boy.

  2. reductio says:

    Linus Pauling (like Milton Friedman a Nobel laureate, although unlike Friedman he was a real one, in chemistry), recommended loads of Vitamin C. A few oranges couldn’t hurt.

  3. Joe Blow says:

    Eat grapefruits. Oranges contain too much sugar. If you die we’ll be stuck with Dr. Adams, so don’t. Do you have a will, by the way ?

  4. Laguna Lurker says:

    May you enjoy a speedy recovery, Hemmers.

  5. Reader says:

    Yer’ll be wanting a nice fat mug of hot toddy, good’n’strong, and a night under 10 thick blankets to poison and sweat the wee blighter into submission. Then a stiff five-mile run to chase him completely awae.
    Never fails.

  6. Gunpowder Plod says:

    Can anyone lay their digital hands on the original Regina Ip draft Article 23 proposal or the current Macau equivalent?

  7. Dawei says:

    Don’t we already have a negative income tax in the form means tested and heavily subsided public housing?

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