Hordes of useful nematodes rush to support the crushing of Stand News.
At least some of the outlet’s online materials have been backed up (link to Wayback Machine site).
Not jealous or anything – Alex Lo says Stand News was doomed because one in four Hongkongers were reading it. (SCMP meanwhile is shedding reporters at a rather unhealthy rate – is it five that have handed in their notice in the last month or so?)
On the scale of eagerness to appease the Chinese Communist Party, the Catholic Church comes somewhere between Goldman Sachs and the International Olympic Committee. Beijing’s Barbarian Superstitions Management Team turns up in Hong Kong to remind the local bishops who’s boss.
You’ve heard all about how improved patriots-only elections will deliver superior governance – now see it in action: the government sets a minimum apartment size of 280 sq ft (two whole car-parking spaces). Radical idea applies to one new development only.
Some weekend/New Year reading…
Who were the 30% who voted in the quasi-election? Oiwan Lam says they include her parents, plus four groups: Red loyalists, employees of Mainland companies, fearful civil servants, and (not least) the local older-generation Blue conservative authoritarian Regina-worshiping youth-loathing Anti-Sex League types.
From Tim Hamlett, a critique of the official version of the history of democracy in Hong Kong.
Number-crunching from David Webb: there are more passengers leaving and entering Hong Kong at Kai Tak than at Chek Lap Kok. Can 2022 be any weirder?
German bookstores allowing the CCP to ‘curate’ their selections, and other methods of Beijing’s (attempted) influence-expansion.