Dear Mrs Lam, Please forgive my bluntness in the following. But the scheduled Legislative Council election has turned into a critical battleground for the future of Hong Kong. Now that you have delayed it by a year, you must stand behind the decision, 100 per cent, and not hide behind election returning officers, the central government or the health crisis. You need to take charge. First, let’s call a spade a spade. The latest decisions to disqualify opposition candidates are not only about enforcing the laws such as the new national security legislation, but politically driven. It’s the same with delaying the election. If the delay had been just for a few weeks, you could plausibly claim the return of Covid-19 pandemic. But now that it’s for a year, during which a provisional Legco may be set up, it is clearly a political decision. Both sets of decisions are perfectly justified, indeed necessary. But let’s be honest with Hong Kong people. They deserve that much. If you don’t say it, your critics will say it for you anyway. So let’s own it. Hongkongers are living through extraordinary and dangerous times. The city is being turned into a proxy battlefield against China by an alliance of English-speaking countries, led by the United States. Some members of the local opposition, in addition to anti-government groups, are openly in cahoots with these Western powers. They cannot be allowed to take over Legco and then paralyse the government. Hong Kong leader delays elections, asks Beijing to resolve legal questions Mrs Lam, your first responsibility, as it is that of every government, is to preserve the safety of people and stability of society. If democratic procedures threaten to interfere with them, then suspend them. We are not even a full democracy. Since the last century, there have been too many dangerous people exploiting democratic procedures to gain power. One of them sits in the White House today, together with all those unsavoury thugs and hacks who help him run the US government. But wouldn’t Washington and its allies impose more punishment and sanctions on Hong Kong? Believe me, they have already declared war on you and your city. That’s how American “democracy” operates: first demonise, then destroy. I know you didn’t ask for any of it. You are a brilliant civil servant but not a political leader. But history has landed you here. Take courage, Mrs Lam, for the sake of your city and your country.