Incredible intuition

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 July, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 July, 1993, 12:00am

SUNDAY Morning Post political editor Danny Gittings in his musings (July 4) plugs legislator Christine Loh who, after years clamouring for universal franchise, accepted appointment to the Legislative Council without strenuous demur.

Whether such elasticity of principles should stand Miss Loh in good stead when, or if, she runs for a seat in 1995 will be for the electorate to judge.

We welcome Miss Loh's possible candidacy because she will then be joining members of the Liberal Party in vying for directly elected seats.

Mr Gittings constantly forgets that we are committed to competing for directly elected constituencies from the New Territories to Hongkong Island.

We will not chicken out as he insinuates.

If he actually trudges alongside some of us as we campaign in districts such as Mongkok, Shamshuipo, Tai Po, Sha Tin, and Island South and West, instead of preaching to us from his Mount Sinai, he could well conclude that we are as earnest as anybody about democracy and about fostering understanding among the people.

A pundit is entitled to his biases, a freedom we shall defend, though we diffidently suggest that he first acquire a little extra knowledge of Hongkong conditions as these actually are, rather than rely exclusively on conjectures and shallow impressions when formulating his opinions.

We disagree with Mr Gittings that those appointed by Governor Chris Patten to the Legislative Council are really so different of background and temperament as those promoted by his predecessors.

Mr Gittings' reasoning is also a bit askew.

If Miss Loh becomes suddenly ''more credible'' as a candidate because of her elevation by the Governor, surely the magic applies just as much to those appointed to the legislative assembly before she signed up. FUNG BUN-NGOK Liberal Party