Genius Lateral Thinker of the Year Award goes to Regina Ip for finding an exquisitely elegant solution to the problem of RTHK’s commissar-boss looking bad when he censors current affairs programming: scrap all current affairs programming.
Ronnie Tong, perhaps realizing the no-calling-for-a-boycott law could hugely increase the boycotting, appeals to everyone to stop making a fuss about it. Even an SCMP editorial wonders how encouraging lawful acts like not voting can be unlawful…
The recent display of support by shoppers for a pro-democracy retail chain in response to a raid by authorities shows people can react independently to what they disapprove of.
More here. Next thing, maybe it will be a crime to laugh at the HK Police goose-stepping (‘inciting disrespect and hatred towards valiant servants of the Party’, or maybe ‘sabotaging government recruitment efforts’).
Reuters on how HK University is trying to pay lip-service to both the NatSec Law and its commitment to academic freedom. Can the institution serve two masters? To give an idea which way things are going, the CCP’s new official history declares the Cultural Revolution to have been an anti-corruption campaign. And the Great Leap Forward was a national weight-loss drive.
Another public database becomes off-limits to the public – this time, the electoral register.
Perhaps not necessary after reading this far – Why I left Hong Kong, by Nathan Law in the Spectator.
Isn’t today national goose stepping day?
I’m rather tickled by the idea of firemen and ambulance crews goose-stepping. Next up, FEHD gestapo and street cleaners?
You’re behind the times. The Great Leap Forwards has been the Great Famine for some time now. Famines, of course, are natural events, whereas the GLF was…
Who would have thought that the conversion of the Establishment and the pro-Establishment camp into “true patriots” was going to happen at such a furious speed?
You know how they say Raphael “Ted” Cruz has the most punchable face in the U.S. Senate?
Vag is definitely vying for most punchable face in HKCCPSAR along with CY and Odious Whore.
Whooooosshhh! Perhaps the loss of irony is a hallmark of national insecurity day.
The zero sum logic of Ip is genius. It can be adopted for the elections by avoiding giving people the impression that it is suppressing the electoral process by just banning elections. It also should be used to promote the impression that it is a competent bureaucracy by handing decision responsibility to the Liaison Office
If you disbelieve me, ok, please do your own research, but that has been my understanding for over 30 years. Be delighted to be proven wrong, but that will not stop it happening here,if it does not already. Examine your ballot paper very carefully and maybe your partner and you cross compare.”
I don’t disbelieve you. I just find that that stuff like numbered ballots makes a mockery of voting secrecy since as you yourself noted, the votes are traceable.
Punching Nazis in the face is a risky strategy. The internet fallout may favour the punchbag, weakening your position in the international eye. Further, without training you may cause yourself more serious injury than the target.
A bullet to each kneecap, on the other hand, can be delivered anonymously and from a distance, and has a lasting effect on the morale of not only the deserving individual they are administered to, but all government workers (a.k.a. Nazis).
Re the thread on numbered ballot papers in the UK. Your name is not linked to a number – it is simply the one in the sequence in the ballot stack in the local polling station. If fraud is suspected, it can be easily remedied without too much hassle, and with minimal loss to the integrity of the process.
Actually, in HK we should dispense with votes and switch to having people walk through numbered gates that can be monitored by CCTV systems linked to an AI person recognizers. The voting would not achieve anything (n.b. democracy very rarely does, so why bother), but it would be reminder about where you fit into the grand plan. Absences would be noted – none of this slouching-off for a day of hill-walking. At 20 second intervals, the monitoring system will bark “Queue up, single file, maintain good social distance”. After a couple of election cycles, the phrase will be engrained in you brain like the MTR announcement for when a train is about to depart.
Anyway, you lot should thank Benny Tai for all this. I met him on a couple of occasions and he struck me as being ‘impressively unimpressive’. How people got suckered-in to taking onboard his nonsense is beyond me.
Ip’s face is already like a welder’s bench. My candidate for the most punchable face is
Punchable face? Holden is worthy winner of a jab, cross, uppercut and hook !
Great Leap Forward was both a national weight loss drive and an alternative proteins campaign, Hemlock.
The police souvenir shop has sprung back into life with not only the riot squad figurines but “Warning Tear Smoke ” key rings.
Interesting info about the UK process but I can’t agree with you about the singularity of Benny Tai. He was just an unforeseen catalyst for speeding up a foregone absorption process. Post ’97 Hong Kong has always been an anomoly to the CCCP and totalitarian systems (religious and political) like to ‘smooth them out’ sooner rather than later.
Quote of the day: “Ip’s face is already like a welder’s bench.”
According to numerous proclamations the Nat Sec Law ‘has restored law and order to HK”. So how come most of the banners promoting NS Education Day have been placed at locations prohibited by regulations to protect public safety on our streets:
The Management Scheme for the Display of Roadside Non-commercial Publicity Materials Implementation Guidelines provide that the display of publicity materials at central dividers of roads, pedestrian crossings and within 30 metres of traffic upstream side of road junctions is prohibited.
Check the central divider in front of HSBC and multiple other locations on major junctions.
What about education by example?
Mary – the message is that the laws and regulations don’t apply to those in power. It’s rule by law not rule of law.