Your analysis is excellent. Very barristerial and eloquent. Frankie Fook-lun Leung
Macao has legislated the equivalent of Article 23. It is possible that the Chief Executive after Donald Tsang may make another attempt to legislate under Article 23.
I think the voices of liberal intellectuals such as the Citizens Party is diminishing fast. To the minds of the folks in the street, they seem to regard the rule of law is an hindrance to and not an aid to their earning a living in Hong Kong. Look at the complete debacle of the Citizens Party in the latest District Council election. The liberal intellectuals of barristers and academics have not built a solid grass root base among the electorates. In America we have a saying in politics: All politics is local. Even Chairman Mao said: Don't isolate yourself from the crowd.
The Civic Party complain that the other party which has the support of the local communist have more resources and fund to organize grass-root events and hence the capacity to have won the last District Council election. There is no level playing field. They should have known it even before the election. The question is what would you do under such an unfair political electoral system.
what's worrying is that when the freedom of speech, such as academic freedom is compromised and not considered essential to maintain H K's prosperity coupled with the recent scandal involving Donald Tsang's acceptance of favors from tycoons, these incidents pose a very negative image of H K to the international community. Foreign investors are not blind to them.
I apprehend that under C Y Leung the liaison office of the PRC will assert more influence over H K. CY Leung is kowtowing more to the Beijing administration as his real nature. Don't expect him to lend a helping hand to make democracy happen in H K.
In case of legislating for Article 23, Legislative Council should summon Ching Cheong to testify to his being accused of leaking national secrets to Taiwan. Mr. Ching has just written a book in Chinese on his imprisonment experiences. Every Legco member should read it. I donated a copy of the Legco library.
You seem fed up with the Civic party and wants to quit. I surmise that you are tired of electoral politics. If that is true, I fear that you may lose your seat in the Legco at the September election. May be that's what you want.
According to Audrey Eu SC, it is not necessary to enact any legislation under Article 23 to convict any alleged offender. Current statutory law in H K is sufficient.
Now you have to deal with CY Leung's election supporter, Lew Mon-hung who suggested that H K High Judges should only be appointed from those who really understand One Country. Soon only Communist Party members need to apply. Who understands One Country better than a communist party member?
The disgust with patriotic education is as strong as the resentment towards Article 23 enactment. Good. Ronny. This is your chance to defeat the pro-government parties.
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