LATEST on the ‘patriots only’ election

In March, 2021, Beijing passed legislation to ensure “patriots” govern Hong Kong. The move reduced democratic representation in the legislature, tightened control of elections and introduced a pro-Beijing vetting panel to select candidates. The Hong Kong government said the overhaul would ensure the city’s stability and prosperity. But the changes also prompted international condemnation, as it makes it near-impossible for pro-democracy candidates to stand.


new year Kent op-ed feature

Something to cheer after a dismal 2021? The Hongkongers who shunned the ‘patriots’ polls

Let’s hope most Hongkongers have some personal triumphs to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight to ring in 2022. Because, let’s face it, the city as a whole does not have much to crow about over the past year.  It’s been, to borrow a phrase once famously employed by Hong Kong’s former monarch, an annus horribilis.…

Opinion - Suzanne Pepper Legislative Council election 2021

An introduction to mainland-style democracy – Hong Kong’s first election under national security rules

Congratulations to the production managers in Beijing and the campaign managers here. Together they have designed and orchestrated a new-style election system for Hong Kong that has succeeded in producing exactly the results they intended. Unlike the old legislature, this new one can safely contribute to the “administration” of Hong Kong without disrupting its “executive-led”…


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