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Hey – it could’ve been Regina Ip!

It seems Hong Kong officials use Reuters as their preferred conduit for leaks (or ‘scoops’ as media folk call them), while their Mainland counterparts prefer the Financial Times. The latter today reveals (paywall, etc, possibly) that Beijing will eject Chief … Continue reading

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Blues for Allah

As part of Operation Clueless Mayhem on Sunday, the Hong Kong Police sprayed Kowloon Mosque a fetching blue. It was a fairly typical deployment of the water cannon: truck prowls along street looking for a target; driver steers up to … Continue reading

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A ‘reds-versus-wets’ split?

The Hong Kong government’s mask-banning, blue-water-spraying, MTR-suspending, tear gas-firing, panty-wetting and freaking-out over protest mayhem celebrates a 20th straight week of continued dazzling success. Observers scratch their heads and ask whether or when the administration will notice that its current … Continue reading

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And for Carrie’s next neat trick…

You are Hong Kong’s leader. After four months of greatest-political-turmoil-ever and a string of incompetent decisions, you have just announced measures to push housing prices up and benefit the property tycoons. How do you follow that? You might think it … Continue reading

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Carrie Lam in small further step to oblivion

Time after time over the last six months, the Hong Kong government has had a choice between making things better or worse – and consistently chosen the latter course. We all know the administration is incompetent and cut-off. It is … Continue reading

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Snooze-Fest transcript to have blue cover!

Hong Kong’s annual Chief Executive’s Policy Address has long since degenerated into an insipid substance-free ritual, befitting the city’s largely ceremonial formal political system. Carrie Lam, for her part, has even less imagination about policy than her benighted predecessors. But … Continue reading

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HK govt regrets that rents must fall

Unlike the city’s wretchedly pitiful leadership, Hong Kong protesters are creative and adapt. As we saw with the impromptu lunchtime march on October 4 (when the mask ban was announced), there’s a ready supply of office workers for weekday demonstrations. … Continue reading

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Perhaps the end of the beginning…

After some 3,000 or arrests (which will clog up the courts for months), the transformation of a fairly professional police service into a paramilitary occupying force, tear-gassing of residential neighbourhoods, extensive curfew-like shutdowns of the transport system and resort to … Continue reading

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Explaining the colonial-style paramilitaries transformation miracle

With complaints of sexual harassment (see also here and here) and talk of cops dumping protesters’ bodies in the sea, some links on What the Hell Happened to the Hong Kong Police? An article (based on an original in Chinese) … Continue reading

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Some more links…

The (paywalled) FT has an editorial on Hong Kong. Protesters will serve their cause best by sticking to non-violence; companies should ideally value freedom of speech; and Beijing should avoid ‘destruction and demonization’ as it will ruin Hong Kong’s reputation … Continue reading

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