Purge of the Hong Kong government mediocrities
Updated: Jun 15, 2020
There's a saying attributed to Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister, circa 1964 : "a week is a long time in politics". We just had something like that in Hong Kong - within seven days we saw mass arrests, lawmakers lose their jobs and others promoted, and too many public pronouncements (and counter-pronouncements and revisions) from on high to keep track of!
Thank goodness for the Big Lychee who has written this great interpretation of events for our delight!
As an acquaintance said to me when I told him I was feeling a little frazzled by everything (and the pandemic into the bargain!), "Just stay cool, and don't let things get to you!"
Posted on April 22, 2020 bybiglychee
In a Night of the Long Knives for charisma-free nonentities, Mainland Affairs Minister Patrick Nip is shoved sideways in favour of the Xi fanboy from Immigration, and several other top posts are reshuffled. This entails a fond farewell to the laughable Lau Kong-wah and a warm welcome for a couple of rising, ideologically reliable officials drawn from the pro-Beijing DAB.
An anonymous insider suggests Chief Executive Carrie Lam was disappointed in the individuals’ performances – though they were relatively uninvolved in the last year’s horrendous screw-ups, and anyway she’s not in charge. The lateral-thinker in me wonders if, perhaps, they were not mediocre enough? There’s also a hint that, in his new role as Civil Service Secretary, Nip will be tasked with enforcing political discipline among rank and file government staff.
The HK & Macau Affairs Office issues a buy-two-get-one-free pack of general-purpose mouth-froth, accusing Joshua Wong and Martin Lee of an independence plot, blasting lawmaker Dennis Kwok, supporting police arrests of pro-dem veterans, repeating Beijing’s authority over Hong Kong, whining about foreign forces, and on, and on.
Dennis Kwok expects to be disqualified.
Cue the news that Hong Kong falls another seven points to 80th place in the World Press Freedom Index, courtesy of police violence and government evasiveness (this would pre-date the late-night press-release-airbrushing).
Hong Kong U’s SPACE extramural department reportedly fires a lecturer for saying the virus cover-ups make him ashamed to be Chinese.
Human Rights Watch struggles to keep up.
For those who find it all too bewildering, bear in mind that the Chinese Communist Party inhabits a parallel universe. Rational observers might wonder why Beijing can’t come to terms with an educated, free, pluralist society that essentially just wants to be left alone. But the CCP sees mortal enemies everywhere, and in its paranoid mind, Hong Kong’s mainstream middle-class population is a (foreign-led) threat – and this is a fight for survival.
14 June, SCMP, Mike Rowse: When Hong Kong’s three worst-performing ministers have survived, accountability is dead and buried. "Secretary for Security John Lee and Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng should have borne more responsibility for the extradition bill saga, while Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan has distinguished himself by his lack of achievement."