Wake me up for the next scandal … | South China Morning Post
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PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 November, 2012, 1:22am

Wake me up for the next scandal …

Can we move on to the next scandal please?

The hullabaloo over illegal structures at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's luxury house on The Peak just doesn't excite any more.

Illegal glass canopy, building gate, storage basement, parking shelter, wooden trellis, and a hollow wall - I have lost track of who, when and what was installed. Clearly he built some unauthorised structures and inherited others from previous owners. Since he has already apologised, building authorities should impose a hefty fine so we can move on.

Leung could also resign, of course, as I had proposed, but there is virtually no chance of that.

Pan-democratic lawmakers Albert Ho Chun-yan and "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung made a valiant attempt to "impeach" Leung for lying about illegal structures when he was an election candidate, but they lost their flimsy case in the top court.

Still, the pan-democrats and their media allies wouldn't let go, at least not until they find the next shocker to drag Leung and his administration through the mud again. The food-recycling firm his wife Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee set up almost qualifies, but it was so obviously clean and selfless that most pan-dems, except the persistent Civic Party, have concluded there is no mileage to be squeezed out of it.

So like reporters who have no scoops and must revisit the same old story, our pan-democrats are beating a dead horse - its putrefied flesh is starting to stink.

I have no love for Leung or any of his ministers. But the current strategy of the pan-dems is to obstruct any government initiative and magnify the slightest whiff of impropriety. But it is no strategy at all, just cutting off the nose to spite the face. It is also an indirect admission they have no idea about how Hong Kong should be run.

As a hack, I am as much into scandals as the next guy. But please, my pan-democratic friends, have some standards! Make sure it's juicy and twisted enough before laying it on us.

In the meantime, try doing something constructive. Democrats' godfather Martin Lee Chu-ming has proposed setting up a shadow cabinet to present alternative policies. That's an excellent idea. It's not as if Hong Kong doesn't have enough problems already.

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