The state of things at end-2021…

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?) 

The Court of First Instance declares the HK Police’s method of freezing dissidents’ bank accounts unlawful. Summary from Samuel Bickett. (Presumably this ‘loophole’ will be plugged.)

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.

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9 Responses to The state of things at end-2021…

  1. Yokel Lhatoo says:

    Sources tell me the number of people resigning from SCMP in the past 2/3 months is 30+.

    Unfortunately not the ones who should be going …

  2. Revolution says:

    The loophole needs to be plugged. The Letter of No Consent regime for freezing money is the Police’s main weapon in trying to stop money stolen by way of email scams from being transferred abroad. If the regime is ruled to be unconstitutional that’s a big problem. For every Ted Hui type case there are hundreds of cases where the use of Letters of No Consent helps people get stolen money back.

  3. Knownot says:

    Three Arrests

    A foreign colluder, a turmoil bringer,
    A singer.

    A schemer, a plotter, a back-street lurker,
    A social worker.

    A quarreller, a scholar, a court-room resister,
    A barrister.

    A singer, a social worker, a barrister.
    Three conspirators, shadowy, sinister.

  4. where's my jet plane says:

    Police actions legitimate: CE
    One can only echo Mandy Rice-Davis – “Well, she would say that, wouldn’t she”.

    And the same goes for the latest diatribe by She Who Doesn’t Understand the Law

  5. Guest says:

    I bet Alex Lo doesn’t enjoy the attention of even one in four Hong Kongers. Maybe one in 40?

  6. Low Profile says:

    @Guest – replace the words “Alex Lo” with “the SCMP” and you’re still right.

  7. asiaseen says:

    Maybe one in 40?

    And that would be infinitely too many.

  8. Academic says:

    Very good Knownot.

  9. Taking the "idea" out of media says:

    Much like wars, reading HK’s local media can no longer tell you what’s right, just what’s left.

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