A civil servant bars lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick from running in a village election. As Hong Kong gets increasingly numbed to it, the Mainlandization gets ever-weirder. (Story here, and highlights of mind-warping official correspondence here.)
This is a bold – you could almost say reckless – extension of the tactic of keeping pro-democracy candidates off the ballot for their political beliefs. Eddie Chu is less identifiable as being pro-independence than earlier recipients of this treatment, so the (supposedly impartial) bureaucrat had to take more desperate interrogatory and deductive steps to determine his guilt of thought-crimes.
The way the official piled on the convoluted questions (which no other candidates were asked) added the Orwellian to the Kafkaesque to the plain absurd. It demands a legal appeal, not as a way to stop the Mainlandization process – which goes with Communist Party rule – but to clarify beyond doubt that we no longer have rule of law in these matters.
To add to the absurdity, this is a low-level village election, while Eddie Chu is already a member of the Legislative Council. (For extra murkiness, rural interests detest his views on land-related issues, as in death-threats.) It will be illogical not to disqualify him from that body. But he won his Legislative Council seat with more votes than any other lawmaker, so it will also make an additional mockery of the democratic process – or it would if there were one.