Ronny Tong proudly presents his Path of Democracy ‘third way’ political group aimed at attracting people who have no political views…
“We understand die-hard pro-establishment supporters might not be interested in us nor die-hard radical supporters,” Tong said. “Our previous surveys found over half of Hongkongers are politically neutral. They will be our biggest voter base.”
Sorry, Ronny – no-one will be interested in you. Note the oh-so subtle attempt to differentiate the group as some sort of cool rebellious outcast rejected by ‘die-hard pro-establishment’. And, behold the non-platform…
“Compared to the pro-establishment camp we will stress more on Hongkongers’ core values, our freedom and the uniqueness of our society,” Tong said.
“On the other hand, we will focus more on the importance of China’s constitution and complying with the requirements under the Basic Law, national security and the importance of fighting for democracy under a stable society.”
It seems even the venerable ultra-moderate ADLP won’t be participating in the coming legislative polls, so Ronny’s little crew – like Tik Chi-yuen’s similar Third Side group – get to be Beijing’s token/quasi-democrats, masquerading as ‘centrists’.
Reminder: any candidate whose name is on the ballot in December is a United Front stooge – no exceptions.
Hong Kong tightens its quarantine measures, again, in an effort to be as Mainland as the Mainland. It’s easy to mock international financial institutions whining about Hong Kong’s Covid restrictions driving expat bankers away (Fortune has one of many reports). But the fact is that large numbers of the city’s residents, most of whom are not expats/bankers, are getting increasingly pissed off.
What’s intriguing is that local officials, who in decades past grovelled to overseas bankers, are now treating them with the same contempt as they do everyone else. What this tells us is that the local administration is no longer making the decisions. Greatest irony: during the 2019 movement, these same officials criticized the protests for (allegedly) driving foreign business away.
Kong Tsung-gan is keeping count of the civil society organizations disappearing in Hong Kong – 53 so far.
The Golden Buttock Award for Bare-Faced Cheek goes to China and Hong Kong police, who ask Danish counterparts via Interpol to cooperate with investigations into Danish lawmakers who might have helped pan-dem activist Ted Hui leave Hong Kong. The Danes said no.