Letters | Why Hong Kong doesn’t need saving by the UK
- It is time for Britain and others to leave us in Hong Kong alone and stop being besotted with the so-called pro-democracy camp here
While I agree completely with Mr Cross, what struck me most was Lord Shinkwin’s claim that Britain is “the mother of parliamentary democracy”.
And what of democracy in Britain itself? Frankly, Britain barely qualifies as a democracy on two counts. Firstly, there is the House of Lords to which nobody is elected and secondly, the first-past-the-post system often produces anything but a democratic result for the House of Commons. As an example, in the May 2015 general election, the UK Independence Party secured 12.6 per cent of the popular vote but obtained just one seat, while the Scottish National Party with only 4.7 per cent obtained 56.
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It is time for Britain and others to leave us in Hong Kong alone and stop being besotted with the so-called pro-democracy camp here. I wonder if many of those even understand what “democracy” means. How could they if, last year, in the name of democracy, hundreds smashed and burned our beautiful city, caused chaos on our roads and railways, killed an innocent bystander with a rock and nearly burned another to death when he didn’t agree with them?
Colin Mackenzie Ford, Mid-Levels