On voting and the poor

On reflection, I think Bruce A might be right that this is commendable honesty.

“If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d be talking to the half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies,” the Chief Executive said.

His comments echo those of Wang Zhenmin, the Dean of Law at Beijing’s Qinghua University a regular advisor to Beijing on Hong Kong issues. Mr Wang said in August that greater democratic freedom in Hong Kong must be balanced against the city’s powerful business elite who would have to share their “slice of the pie” with voters.

After all most democratic governments are to a greater or lesser extent in thrall to minority interests of one sort or another (usually close to where there is money).

So the fact that both Beijing and the Hong Kong Chief Executive are happy to talk about this publicly is quite something.

CE says masses would dominate in fair vote.

WTMF?

Worth scanning the comments here for some extraordinary views on the source of the HK protests.

tl;dr the US has created the protests to destabilise China. E.g. The students are funded patsies “who are there for p**** and beer”. OMFG.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/09/the-ned-hong-kong-riots.html

To be clear: most international coverage seems very nuanced and has picked up e.g. the new generation of Hong Kong people who don’t have any real alignment with China and can’t see any chance of prosperity in their home town.