Citing non-existent public demand, Hong Kong’s puppet administration wants to give votes to citizens living in the Mainland. Pan-dems complain that this leaves out voters in foreign countries, will make it easier for the pro-Beijing camp to control the legislature. and equates to electoral fraud. All true but missing the point.
Hong Kong is run by the CCP, and the CCP rigs elections always always always. A legislative body in China is a rubber stamp – end of story. If the CCP can’t control LegCo, it won’t exist. It’s not supposed to represent the people.
The curious thing is why Beijing’s officials want to go to this trouble when they can use far simpler methods like disqualifications to reduce the opposition’s presence. Presumably they are desperate for a veneer of legitimacy.
This is why pan-dems should stay out of the Legislative Council rather than lend it credibility by believing it is some sort of parliament. As things stand, the government simply uses the chamber as a way to torment pro-democrats, goading them into stunts like filibusters and other disruptions that enable pro-establishment media portray them as oafs. Stop taking LegCo seriously.
In other One Country One System news, the police raid a small office belonging to pro-dem publisher Jimmy Lai. Lai’s assistant Mark Simon explains that “…the police [or CCP] are looking to cut off the funding for Apple Daily.” Lai offers more comments here.
And the SCMP quotes a mystery government ‘insider’ as suggesting that Chief Executive Carrie Lam had been yearning to incorporate Beijing’s Five-Year Bay Area Hub-Zone plans into her policy address. The face-saving implication is that the postponement of the speech was basically her idea, so she can seize the opportunity for consultations up there. Sure!
In last week’s competition, readers were asked to guess which Hong Kong government department would be next to be taken over by the CCP. And the answer is: Air-Traffic Control. Nobody got it.
China Media Project on Xi’s speech in Shenzhen, and the provincial governor’s shameless praising of Xi Jinping thought. Can’t wait to see if similar wording appears in Hong Kong’s delayed policy address.
On a brighter note, Hong Kong will get a ‘travel bubble’, allowing those of us who test Covid-negative to take a vacation without quarantines, etc. The catch: it’s with Asia’s most boring destination.