Having been hung out to dry by its CCP masters, the Hong Kong government issues a squirming late-night press release on why it needs to keep on redrafting late-night press releases. Essentially: Beijing’s local Liaison Office was founded as the Xinhua News Agency in 1947 and the dog ate my homework.
Often, these statements are attributed to a fictitious ‘government spokesman’, but this one attributes the embarrassing blather to a fabricated nameless official specifically attached to the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau. To further help distance other government agencies from the haplessness and horror, the Bureau’s boss Patrick Nip kneels on broken glass and confesses to ‘errors’:
…releases needed to be issued again to make corrections and explanations, and there were confusion and misunderstanding. I deeply regret that!
An unimpressed Bar Association releases another opinion, pointing out (among other things) that the Central Government in Beijing is supposed to be subject to the Basic Law (a PRC law), so its Liaison Office must be too.
A commentator in Ming Pao makes another good point, namely that the Basic Law not only says the Hong Kong government will have autonomy over internal affairs – it allows for Beijing to replace the Chief Executive if things go badly wrong. Such a failsafe mechanism presumably not being necessary if the Liaison Office is intended or able to micro-manage internal affairs.
In case you need any more evidence that we are witnessing Classic CCP Making-Up-Casuistry-As-They-Go-Along Mayhem, here come Beijing shoe-shiners Tam Yiu-chung, Regina Ip and Ronny Tong to tell us that the Hong Kong government has failed to grasp/doesn’t understand/is confused about the Basic Law (‘unlike us, as we are so knowledgeable and insightful’).
…central authorities taking a more vocal role in Hong Kong affairs than at any time since the 1997 handover…
Cue anguished mouth-frothing about a ‘disproportionate emphasis on prevailing socio-political issues’. Which sounds slightly like the CCP’s basic problem.