Reflections on recent events, plus the occasional fact
free rant unfiltered by rational argument.
There already here. The Hong Kong Pan-Dems, a loose collection of pro-democratic politicians, are making a mess of things. Again. Faced with an open goal, they are celebrating before the ball even gets kicked into the net. This is typical of their juvenile antics. Events should have given the Pan-Democrats an easy win. Their arch-nemesis, Chief Executive CY Leung, was in their sights.
The background to this vapid episode is straight forward. CY is alleged to have interfered in the work of a LegCo Panel investigating him. The Vice-Chairman of the Panel was caught red-handed taking advice from CY on how the agenda should operate. The evidence was irrefutable as the amendments appeared in a draft document. CY admitted he forwarded his opinions to the Vice Chairman, Holden Chow. It’s no surprise that Chow is a member of the pro-government camp. Thus, the Pan-Dems had a sure win on their hands. Yet, they are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
To be credible, the Panel needs a fair, open and transparent investigation. With Pan-Dem member Kenneth Leung on board, such lofty principles are sacrificed. Leung is the respondent in a libel action brought by CY. Further, Leung has made frequent public statements that show his contempt for CY. Surely, this makes him an inappropriate person to sit on a Panel that is passing judgment on CY. Common sense tells you that.
The Pan-Dems managed to remove Holden Chow. They correctly asserted his position was untenable. The same principle should apply to Kenneth Leung. The only difference is his status as a Pan-Dem. Should he continue on the Panel, it is easy for critics to state the Panel has reached biased conclusions. Thus, dismissing any findings. CY wins and the Pan-Dems look like amateurs.
Moreover, the Pan-Dems are about to burn time and energy on a motion to impeach CY. Their timing is brilliant. CY will stand down at the end of June. So, regardless of getting support for the motion, the Pan-Dems don't have enough time to see the motion through. Nonetheless, they press on with this folly. One can only draw the conclusion, the misguided Pan-Dems are point scoring and grandstanding. It is certain that Kenneth Leung is far from humble. He comes across as a self-important, pompous sort, who is enjoying the limelight. However, his constituents can rightly ask why is he engaged in this nonsense, when we have real issues to deal with.
It cannot go unremarked the Pan-Dems cite the rule of law as their guiding principle. The related concepts of fairness and integrity pepper their conversation. And yet, by allowing Kenneth Leung to remain in position, they compromise these ideals. The Pan-Dems need to set aside their hubris, play the long game and then the ball will land in the net.
Walter De Havilland is one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Hong Kong Police.