Anson Chan

Free history lesson with political debate

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am

Political debates get more interesting and educational by the day.

The newest lawmaker, Anson Chan Fang On-sang, invited a tongue-lashing from home affairs chief Tsang Tak-sing by equating democracy with livelihood issues.

Yesterday, someone who went by the name of Lau Mun-hung paid for a full front-page advertorial in several newspapers to give Mrs Chan a lesson in Chinese dynastic history.

The writer argued that the great emperors of old had created prosperity and provided for people's livelihoods. Does this mean they were all democrats?

'The emperors clothed their people, fed them and made them rich,' it said. 'Did they do all these on the back of democracy?'

The article also cited the massive public housing policy introduced by the British colonials, who were clearly not democrats either.

All true, but someone ought to point out we are now in the 21st century, not the age of emperors.