Which part of ‘Elect the CCP candidate this time’ don’t you understand?

Voters in two Hong Kong constituencies delivered the wrong results again yesterday – even after the Chinese Communist Party twisted the law to expel their previously elected representatives and, where necessary, pressured civil servants into barring replacements from the ballot, and went to the trouble of organizing the usual stunts and thugs.

Presumably, Gary Fan and Au Nok-hin will at some point be ejected from the Legislative Council for incorrect thinking, and the people of New Territories East and Hong Kong Island will be told to hold yet more by-elections. We will carry on doing this until you vote for the clueless shoe-shiner zombies we tell you to vote for.

One of yesterday’s other by-elections was for a functional constituency packed with white-elephant infrastructure beneficiaries – fairly easy for the United Front to win. The other was Kowloon West, where the impressive and high-profile pan-dem Edward Yiu lost to the drab/DAB pro-Beijing stooge.

Optimistic pro-dems might blame this result (and the narrowness of the pan-dem victories over the lame Bill Tang and Judy Chan) on the low turnout. That was partly because it was a nice day for hiking, partly because the sexier candidates have all been disqualified, and partly – I suspect – because some citizens don’t see the point. The turnout could have been even lower if Bill and Judy hadn’t been so repellant and annoying they were asking to be slapped.

The pan-dems really need to ask why they are doing this. What is the purpose of taking part in increasingly rigged elections to an already rigged and mostly toothless legislative body? Why help Beijing legitimize this charade?

Indeed, what is the point in being pro-‘democracy’ when the CCP has made it abundantly clear that Hong Kong will not have representative government? You might as well be pro-unicorns. The pan-dems, jointly or as sub-groups, need achievable – or believable – aims (perhaps, I would wildly guess, to do with people and their lives rather than abstract constitutional structures). As things are, they are destined to end up being the two ‘No’ votes and the three abstentions against the 2,958 in favour.

Which reminds us that Hong Kong is a side-show to the main event up in Beijing. Some of the faceless commenters quoted in a lengthy SCMP article seem to suggest that the Party should be separate from, but not have supremacy over, the State. But one says: ‘Xi Jinping and the party leadership hope to dispel lingering doubts over the constitutional legitimacy of one-party rule’, which sounds like a roundabout way of saying ‘…the constitutional legitimacy of not having constitutional legitimacy’. The piece can summarized as: Yes, it’s a dictatorship.


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9 Responses to Which part of ‘Elect the CCP candidate this time’ don’t you understand?

  1. Joe Blow says:

    Saw Little Judy standing in the street in CWB yesterday. She is really small, she wears as much make up as her mentrix Regina Broomhead and she has the charisma of a SaSa sales girl.

  2. What the pan-dems need to do – and have generally failed to do in the past – is increase public awareness that livelihood issues are not something aside from the constitutional issues, as the government’s narrative would have it, but directly related to them. A system which gives undue weight to tycoons and special interests to preserve Beijing’s dominance is exactly what stands between us and affordable housing, a greener environment, decent pensions for the old instead of absurdly expensive white elephant infrastructure projects, and all the other things we so desperately need if Hong Kong is to remain livable for ordinary people.

  3. I don’t think people who win for the DAB are necessarily stooges.

    That’s a cheap shot which undermines your ‘argument’, for want of a better word.

    Try ‘slimeballs’, ‘nematodes’, ‘lardass apparatchiks’,’ toerag lickers’, ‘wheelchair chasers’, ‘renmin rimmers’, ‘rice bag bandits’.

    And sadly you are still wrong about one thing. Hong Kong certainly has a representative government. Just look around you.

    Keep stirrin’!

  4. HillnotPeak says:

    I truly don’t understand why Hong Kong people vote for a pro-Peking party? Isn’t that the same as Jewish people vote for the Nazis in the late thirties?

  5. Chinese Netizen says:

    @HillnotPeak: Like Jews voting FOR the Nazis in the hopes of NOT getting beaten, property confiscated and then being sent to camp?

    I’m pretty sure ANYone that actually bothers to vote for the CCP ticket does so only for the red envelope, a kilo of rice or a few liters of oil.

  6. Mjrelje says:

    HillnotPeak: They are simply protecting their right to not be allowed to vote for their own government. Smart.

  7. dimuendo says:

    Sorry Hemlock. You are appear to be suggesting that people shold not vote, as pointless. No, it is not pointless. You should always exercise your vote, even if you think all the alternatives are a crock of shite in which case you spoil your paper by recording your view. But vote.

    In HK we do have a none crock of shite alternative, whether they confine themselves to democracy or widen the case, as per Old Newcomer, to livelihood issues, attacking the kleptocracy (although many in HK aspire to join such) etc.

    As for up north, I note the 28 voting boxes recorded electronically, and our beloved leader inserted his voting form in unfolded as did his successors. Am I being cynial in suspecting that is why there were only two dissidents and 16 abstainers? Let us hope such electronic self reading boxes do not come here, or there may be more knocks on the door.

    As an aside, if I ever manage to get some income again I am going to donate to HK Free Press who are doing an increasingly impressive and competent job.

  8. A Poor Man says:

    CN – I agree with you. It is really embarrassing to see how many people will sell their soul for so little. Perhaps the reason why there was no announced cash handout to everyone this year in the budget speech was to keep the masses grateful for whatever crumbs Sai Wan throws out at election time.

  9. Marina says:

    To add to all the dirty games played by the government, Hong Kong has absolutely no say about 150 mainland folks coming everyday to reside. Nobody really knows who these people are, though it has been told to the general public that it is for the purpose of family reunions. Now we already have about 1 million of these new Hong Kongers. I wonder how they are voting.

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