September 14, 2004
The compartively poor showing by the Democrats in the LegCo elections has seen China pleased with its handy-work and recriminations beginning amongst the Democrats. Poor planning, stupid tactics, needless last minute panic and poor politics all combined to enable the Democrats to shoot themselves in the foot. From hundreds of thousands of marchers in July they were unable to capitalise on the political momentum and convert it into votes.
The Democrats need to learn a few lessons. Firstly they need to learn how to play politics. They could do worse than study how effective both China and their proxies, especially the DAB, played the game. They need to have confidence in the voters of HK and stop putting petty egotistical disputes above the need to maximise votes. And they need to reflect on the lack of clear mandate they have for the next 4 years. Perhaps the result was a blessing in disguise: if it can force the Democratic Party into becoming a true political party rather than a collective one-purpose party then in the long run HK may be better off. But that's a big if.
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"Perhaps the result was a blessing in disguise: if it can force the Democratic Party into becoming a true political party rather than a collective one-purpose party then in the long run HK may be better off. "
Exactly! Emotions can only get one so far, and that is now proven for the democrats.
Lee has much planning and thinking to do. Yeung Sum is proving to be a "girly-man" for the democrats. Of course, that is just my opinion.
Cheers!posted by: Ron on 09.14.04 at 01:05 PM [permalink]