Elsie Tu

US democracy riddled with corruption

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 August, 2002, 12:00am

Angelo Paratico (South China Morning Post, July 27) replying to my letters of July 5 and 22, seems not to differentiate between the PRC and the SAR.

Although they comprise one country they have two different political systems, and I was referring to the SAR system.

The SAR system, of around 50-50 elected seats in grassroots and functional constituencies was actually initiated under British rule.

The PRC system is still at the development stage and is none of Hong Kong's business under the Joint Declaration of 1984.

In my letters I was proposing that the SAR 50-50 system, being more balanced between labour and capital, might be better, and certainly less flawed, than US democracy, which clearly is riddled with corruption at governorship and presidential levels, possibly for lack of balance between capital and labour.

Yes, Winston Churchill did say that democracy was the best of all bad systems, but he is of a former generation. As times change, and as corruption and show business in elections are now the order of the day, it is time to move on and seek a better system appropriate to the present generation.

Western democracy no longer caters for the poor but, in fact, widens the gap between rich and poor and heightens competition to the point of war, now fought mostly against civilians, including women and children, while the armed forces remain comparatively safe in the air.


Kwun Tong