Below is the second weekly digest from Hong Wrong’s new political commentator ‘Tony Wong’. We will publish a selection of his musings each week, but you can sign up for his full, daily newsletter by emailing ‘subscribe‘ to [email protected] It is “aimed at informed residents who are encouraged to further develop and rebut the arguments made here, and in the media, to create actual, honest and productive political dissent.”
CY’s National Day speech: Sadly, but not too surprisingly, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s speech is anything from inspirational, informative and shows no sign of character, vision, spine or courage. The continuous clamping to government statistics, indices, reference values and international rankings says nothing about where we are heading, what change we ought to expect or about the role that the government intends to play in our lives in the future. The way Leung presents these statistics we do not even get a good picture of where we stand, let alone of how we got here. Leung does not even attempt to take credit for some of the good positions that Hong Kong has achieved in the world, probably well-knowing that it might have as well be the absence of his intervention that makes us succeed. The greatest thing about the Hong Kong government has so far been it’s apathy and neglect of our issues, while at the same time not standing in the way of the community fixing our problems ourselves. At the handover at the very spot where Leung delivered his speech today Prince Charles complained that the Chinese present appeared like wax figures. Reading through Leung’s speech, that is far too easy to imagine.