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November 04, 2005
Lies, The Don and timetables
The Don continues his world tour, spending 15 minutes with Tony Blair and reporting "Tony thinks I'm great, because Dick Cheney told him so." Is he telling Dick and Tony something he's not telling us? Meanwhile back in the city he's meant to be running, a poll tells us the most Hong Kongers want universal suffrage by 2012. More fool us - it's becoming clear the Chief Executive works not for his shareholders (Hong Kongers) but for his board of directors in Beijing.
Stephen Vines has a great piece today saying when The Don misleads the public over small issues, can he be trusted on the big ones? He concludes:
This is not to be fatalistic about the prospects of democratic reform but it is to say that the objective of achieving universal suffrage will not be achieved without a determined struggle. Lamentably, it will not come about by believing the words of the chief executive.As I've said before, both The Don and Beijing are missing a great and painless chance to make a great leap forward, engender a cultural revolution and complete the path to universal suffrage. They are the fools if they miss the chance.
While the China Daily thunders a timetable is the devil, HK Magazine has stumbled across secret "Democracy Timetable"...
November 2005: Beijing promises the people of HK full democracy just as soon as the city is "mature enough" and everyone can be "relied on" to vote Communist.posted by Simon on 11.04.05 at 10:00 AM in the Hong Kong democracy/politics category.
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Democracy is a game with 49% following 51% whole heartedly. Otherwise there will be civil wars everytime there comes big dividing issues. In HK the majority, save at 70%, has to follow the say 5%. We do not get universal suffrage because we are not united to the extent that over half of the population takes to the street. We want democracy,..... we'll follow the 'silent' MAJORITY--- we're tasting our own medicine!!!posted by: Arthur on 12.04.05 at 01:05 AM [permalink]