The (paywalled) FT has an editorial on Hong Kong. Protesters will serve their cause best by sticking to non-violence; companies should ideally value freedom of speech; and Beijing should avoid ‘destruction and demonization’ as it will ruin Hong Kong’s reputation and create a permanently ‘repressed and sullen’ city. So far, so sensible. As is often the case with newspaper editorials, it then sort of flops…
Instead of doubling down, the authorities should establish a commission into the future of Hong Kong to openly debate the protesters’ wishlist, including demands for elections by universal suffrage. It is highly unlikely that the Chinese Communist party would take steps of this nature, but the alternative path is very dangerous – for Hong Kong, and China as a whole.
In other words: the authorities should start consultations on things the authorities will not allow.
The FT can perhaps be forgiven for an insipid conclusion, and not only because editorials are written by committee. The alternative is too unpleasant to think about.
Hong Kong’s crisis comes down to a lack of government legitimacy. Legitimacy cannot be restored by force or repression. The Chinese Communist Party has only force and repression in its toolkit.
Which brings us to…
A loooong Q and A with a young frontline medic.
How Ocean Park will keep your kids out of jail on Halloween.
For the genuinely uninformed only – Time on whether Macau will go the way of Hong Kong (obviously it won’t).
And maybe the best ‘protest-footage-set-to-music’ video yet – Welcome to the Black Parade by emo-goth-whatever band My Chemical Romance. Good example of how amazing video editing can transform a fairly unremarkable piece of music. (You need to sign in to a YouTube account, owing to gory visuals, perhaps.)