Beijing's dutiful loyalists take a dim view

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 March, 2012, 12:00am


Sometimes you really have to feel for the central government when its muppets sitting on the Election Committee are so dim-witted they have to have everything spelled out for them. We all know there was a grand bargain once by which Henry Tang Ying-yen would be duly elected by a wide margin to keep the big boys from the commercial, property and banking sectors happy.

But Tang has proved to be so inept that you can't shove him down the throats of Hongkongers no matter how hard you try. Nevertheless, many on the committee think - against all rhyme and reason - that Tang is still an option. Only last week, a top banker told me that many 'important' people from those sectors absolutely feared and loathed Leung Chun-ying. Well, maybe it's time to make amends.

Tang, I gather, was for them a safe pair of hands. But sometimes you just have to accept reality. That's what distinguishes adults from children. Freud even has a German term for that. Alas, it seems not a few crybabies sitting on the committee have had to be slapped around by officials from the liaison office and a state leader in Shenzhen to be brought into line.

Predictably, the Civic Party lawmakers protested yesterday against such blatant interference against the 'one country, two systems' principle. Sorry people, what did you think this whole 'small circle' election was about?

Obviously, such 'interference' would have been unnecessary if more committee members were politically astute and could read the tea leaves by themselves. But that's asking too much.