Uncles and brothers balance each other, so back off Big Brother

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 April, 2010, 12:00am

It's not easy being RTHK. Even its long-running City Forum has come under attack this week from Beijing mouthpiece Wen Wei Po. The political forum in Victoria Park has attracted controversy recently because pan-democrat supporters have shouted down officials and functional constituency lawmakers. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung was dubbed Eunuch Lam.

In an editorial, the paper called on the station to cancel the event, at least until after the by-elections next month, because pan-democrat supporters have hijacked the once-a-week public forum.

'It is not fair, objective or independent,' it said. The paper also questioned the way its host repeatedly allowed 'rabble rousers' to take over discussions.

Actually, the forum has long been dominated by so-called 'Victoria Park uncles' who inevitably vent their bile on democrats. Recently, they seem to have been joined by the younger 'Victoria Park brothers', a loose group of twenty-something activists who make a habit of harassing officials. It seems the brothers and uncles come from opposite poles of the political spectrum. How much more balanced and representative can you get?