September 15, 2006

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James Tien's Liberal Party have gone to Beijing to complain that Uncle Donald isn't being nice to them, says the SCMP:

The Liberal Party told Beijing yesterday it wanted to play a bigger role in Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's government but denied allegations it was attempting to seize power...Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun said: "We have expressed that although our relations with the government are improving continuously, there is room for further advancement if we are consulted before government policies are made.

"This is not a demand to share power - we only want to help the chief executive to implement his strong governance by forming a ruling coalition. We didn't want to seize power or even share power with the government."

"Sieze power" is a rather alarmist way of putting it. As a reminder, James Tien quit as an Exco member of Tung Che-wa's administration back in July 2003 after the Article 23 protests and now he's trying to find a way back in. But...
The government has long complained that the support of the Liberals in the legislature cannot be guaranteed despite the party's claims to support the administration. But the pro-business party has said its voters' interests cannot be adequately represented under the existing system.
So Tien can't get into bed with Don on his own terms, so he has to go to Beijing to ask them to force Don. And Beijing will politely listen and ignore him.

What a fun thing it is to be a Hong Kong politician.

posted by Simon on 09.15.06 at 09:50 AM in the Hong Kong democracy/politics category.


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Didn't feel anything in Shenzhen

posted by: hatch SZ on 09.15.06 at 10:46 AM [permalink]

in a village in clearwater bay, someone has drawn a Hitler moustache on James Tien's face. That's the new poster. The previous poster had the same symbology, and that was torn down.

posted by: doug on 09.15.06 at 06:27 PM [permalink]

It's strange that given all of Tien's whingeing, he's the only party that got what they wanted in the Tamar deal.

The DAB (and their increasingly restive FTU friends) got stiffed on Tamar. They've gotten stiffed on the minimum wage/maximum hours as well, much to the delight of Tien's friends.

The whingeing sounds more like verbal political maneuvering to appear to have distance and not just be a bunch of toadies, while not having to take any substantive action that would run counter to being a toadie.

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