…trying to feel Carrie Lam’s emotions.
Veteran patriotic politician Tsang Yok-sing says Beijing will have just one name on the Chief Executive quasi-election ballot, rather than contrive a phony race between the prearranged winner and a designated loser. This obviously keeps things simple – no need for the ‘elites’ to pretend to vote. But I’m slightly surprised that the CCP would make the charade even easier to mock.
If Jasper is right, the most farcical part of the process will be when Beijing tells a few followers to spread word of who it has picked, and all the shoe-shiners and loyalist trash leap swiftly as one to endorse and praise the individual concerned. (Tsang doesn’t speculate on who the chosen one will be – and indeed who cares? It might be Feel-my-emotions Lady, or Psycho-cop Guy, or someone else not called Regina, but it’ll make little difference.)
Hong Kong is full of smart people with insight and ideas. Sadly, none are in government. One – a doctor – offers intelligent-sounding suggestions on how we can start moving forward on Covid…
Creating an illusion of certainty around zero Covid is disingenuous. People will die of Covid and this should be acknowledged and communicated. The challenge is to balance the damage from the disease and the damage from the public health measures.