This is all getting confusing. And I don’t just mean Carrie’s genius lateral-thinking breakthrough that Beijing must end ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in order to save it.
One day Beijing announces the banishment of non-patriots (ie pan-democrats and critics) from Hong Kong elections and public bodies. The next day, the local administration sends the legislature a bill to expand and tighten oath-taking requirements for District Council members (ie to disqualify pan-dems). The former measures would surely cover the latter anyway. It’s hard to tell whether the two moves are badly coordinated or this is some Leninist psycho’s idea of exquisite timing. Perhaps, just as capitalists believe you can never have too much money, Communists believe you can never have too much purging.
Things that will get your District Council member disqualified are listed here. Some are obvious general no-nos under the NatSec regime. Others are very specific, like ‘indiscriminately objecting to the government’s motion’ or ‘making use of an election to organize a “de-facto referendum” to oppose the government’. Both these reflect the CCP’s paranoia about the pan-dems’ primary elections – and planned subsequent drive to dominate LegCo – last year.
Also, Mainland and Constitutional Affairs Secretary Erick Tsang says you can be disqualified for failing to (eeeww) love the leadership of the Communist Party. Truly, madly, deeply. It’s got to be ‘holistic’, OK? Not sure how the enforcers will check this. Maybe Mainland scientists have devised some sort of medical test (I’m betting an anal swab) that detects hatred of the Politburo.
So what’s next? Beijing won’t care if the majority of HK registered voters will boycott the Legco and District council elections. Even if turnout is 20% or lower, they simply won’t care. It gets the job done of getting idiot boot lickers elected to rubber stamp bills in Legco.
an anal swab that detects hatred of the Politburo
A positive result being the failure to detect traces of CCP DNA.
Another judicial entity appears to be addicted to the CP KoolAid in her tortuous reasoning for denying a bail application
The requirement to love something you fear is the essence of sado-masochism and representative of an abusive relationship. The warning signs for abusive behaviour toward children:
– The child may show immature habits such as bed-wetting and tantrums.
– The child lacks basic social skills and has trouble making friends.
– The child struggles to regulate their emotions. .
– The adult publicly belittles the child.
– The adult’s punishments are severe and disproportionate to the offense.
– The adult always assumes the child is at fault, even when evidence points to the contrary.
Seems textbook to me
“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel” – Samuel Johnson, 1775.
By use of the term ‘patriot’ do they really mean CCP lickspittles?
How to determine from an anal swab whether you love the communist party or not? The way it smells when you stuck it up your nose and it’s all roses!
If they put the the teeniest fraction of the energy into solving Hong Kong’s actual problems that they put into solving its perceived problems…
If the pan-dems publicize their boycott, you can bet the CCP will flip out about it, and the usual shoe-shiners will fall over themselves to “demand” that voting be made mandatory. Because if the CCP flips out about slogans, songs, failing to stand for the national anthem, blank post-it notes, reading the Apple Daily in public, buying Apple Daily stock, being a yellow business, patronizing a yellow business, vases shaped like the Goddess of Democracy and tunes from Les Miserables, the millisecond that not voting is construed as an act of dissent, they absolutely will flip out about that too.
@Chris Maden: What problems? The Chinese Communist Party can do no wrong, therefore there are no problems. It’s very simple.
1) The only way the CCP will lose control (through relaxation or overthrow) is when a core of influential people within the organization decide that enough is enough and that a deep re-set is required.
2) In many situations where power/control is at stake, it is useful to have an enemy. Many of You Lot are the ‘useful enemy’, therefore the CCP is united in attempting to quash you.
3) If You Lot could just STFU in your criticisms of the CCP, then with no threats to deal with the CCP’s leaders might turn on themselves. Importantly, I am pretty sure that there are major structural weaknesses in the Chinese economic system that the CCP’s big cheeses would prefer were not the focus of a national murmur.
4) Finally, all of this carping from HK, especially by its irrelevant, foreigner-windbag contingent, won’t achieve anything. In fact it is delaying potential change.
Here is your starter for 10. Yesterday the UK government trashed 1.2 million
substandard masks they had bought. Where were the masks manufactured?
8 billion dollars for the national insecurity law (WTF is the law going to spend it all on? Party time for the Party?) and 1 billion to sort out leaking sewage pipes.
“Because if the CCP flips out about slogans, songs, failing to stand for the national anthem, blank post-it notes, reading the Apple Daily in public, buying Apple Daily stock, being a yellow business, patronizing a yellow business, vases shaped like the Goddess of Democracy and tunes from Les Miserables, the millisecond that not voting is construed as an act of dissent, they absolutely will flip out about that too.”
Maybe. They flipped out about democrats mass resigning too but they still took full advantage of the rubber stamp legco and decided to just exclude pan-dems from all elections. And even if they make voting mandatory, how will that stop being from submitting invalid ballots? And ultimately how will this anyway affect the CCP in any real way? It won’t. They’ll still have their rubber stamp.
“If we have failed then we have failed. I am a positive pessimist. Even if we have returned to the darkness, I won’t go and dwell on those days when light shone. If there is no light, then I must fetch fire. We don’t persevere toward the good things in the world because there is hope; our perseverance is what gives hope. Anything worth having is worth holding on to, and worth waiting for.”
Refusing to sign the loyalty oath will be the newest National Security offense.
@ Lord Haw Haw #4
“Many of You Lot are the ‘useful enemy’, therefore the CCP is united in attempting to quash you.”
That make you and your ilk “useful idiots” – until you are no longer “useful” and become a mere time-limited idiot.
Din Gao: You RUINED it.
@Mark Bradley – Sure they could do something about people casting invalid ballots. Do away with secret balloting, pressure employees of major corporations to submit photographic proof of correct votes (already rumoured to be common practice in SOEs), truck in unspecified numbers of patriotic ballots from Shenzhen, mysteriously decline to report actual vote totals, blatantly falsify the results, etc. etc. All the usual fake poll stuff. Yes they’ll take their rubber stamp and gloat regardless, but they will go to some lengths for the look of the thing. The last thing they want are a bunch of pan-dems doing something clever like getting millions of people to change their Facebook profile pictures to “I didn’t vote” images.