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16 December 2017

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John D

Democracy is not an end in itself...

...that is where some people got it very wrong.

We began in 1997 with a huge amount of autonomy, albeit under a system that was not at all democratic, inherited from colonial times.

Despite that lack of "democracy" we had liberty and freedom from tyranny, and access to the pursuit of happiness under a just equitable and effective rule of Law as determined by a reasonable consensus of society.

The pan democrats destroyed all that with their their selfish and greedy thirst for personal power via their demands for "democracy".

Given their displayed obstructionist tactics and lack of any positive agenda to improve the livelihood of the people, just what would they have done to improve things had they achieved their demand for "democracy"? All they have done is to make things worse for the average Hong Kong permanent resident.

All that their tactics have achieved to date is a series of missed opportunities to best use the autonomy we once had. Not having used that autonomy, we must now must accept the sad fact: power (and autonomy) unused, expires.

Andrew H

We went to Britain in 2015. I had been in HK since before the handover. My wife is Cantonese. We lasted 2 years. Sold up and came back. The place is a shambles. We had very poor broadband on aluminum cables. Hardly any mobile phone signal. The infrastructure is creaking. Transport is very expensive. The NHS lost my blood test results for 6 weeks. Brexit has divided the nation. We will never go back. HK is far from perfect but for now we live in peace. I do fear for its future and property prices are crippling the younger people - both rental and purchase prices are obscene. But the place is vibrant and fun. And if all else fails there is always bread & butter pudding at the club.

David Eldon

Indeed - such a shame. I still like to visit!!
Had some enquiring messages about the meaning behind the reference to bread and butter pudding and the club. All I have said is I agree with the comment, and follow that up with a note about losing the ashes.
The world is confused enough, so might as well add to it - it's Christmas and we're about to start a new (western) new year.
Good health and happiness to all.

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