Anglia Ruskin University rescinds pro-Beijing legislator Junius Ho’s honorary degree, following a bout of ‘increasing concern’. While the pro-Beijing camp does not have a monopoly of obnoxiousness, it seems to account for the vast majority of racist, homophobic, triad-linked, hate-spewing, borderline-criminal scumbags who take part in Hong Kong ‘politics’.
This is partly by default. Decent and independent-minded people are unlikely to align themselves with the thuggish Stalinist CCP (and it wouldn’t want them anyway). It is also a result of the United Front practice of buying loyalty. Ho is a lawyer who works on the not-very-legal but lucrative transfer of New Territories ‘ding’ house-building rights – an archaic system that harms Hong Kong’s overall interests but which Beijing supports to keep rural power-holders onside.
Devout, true-Red believers are rare, and relatively few pro-Beijing party activists can be called ideologically committed; most are simply opportunists. This is overt and unapologetic where the pro-business factions are concerned. It is also apparent among the broader-based groups, notably the DAB and its differently-branded proxies, which attract a lot of lightweights and dimwits.
Not all of these schmucks are necessarily evil. It’s just a lot easier to be nominated as an election candidate for a well-resourced Beijing-backed party, provided you are happy to parrot the official line on everything. For example, it’s hard to imagine lawmaker Elizabeth Quat being as vulgar and crass as Junius Ho. She even dabbles in saving the whales and other environmentalist causes. Her university will never need to strip her of her degree.
Oh it can’t – it doesn’t even exist.
Meanwhile, my Twitter career is complete…