On voting and the poor

Tom Government, Hong Kong / China 1 Comment

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. …

Protest 2.0

Tom Hong Kong / China Leave a Comment

A street scene in Causeway Bay last night. Lots of people heading for Sogo junction. Shops: open. Streets: clean. Mood: determined but utterly unthreatening. Police: absent. Cars: sharing the road with pedestrians. Total respect to all for keeping the lid on understandable anger after the lack of engagement from politicians and the not-quite-nuclear* riot police response less than 24 hours …

All the iPhones

Tom Business, Hong Kong / China, View Leave a Comment

They have had to add barriers and close off an entry to the mall at Hysan Place to accommodate the ersatz Apple store in the streets. I would have expected this for the first few days, but the craziness seems to be carrying on happily.

Like father to son?

Tom Hong Kong / China, Reading Leave a Comment

According to a Reuters source this is how China views its relationship with Hong Kong: “The mainland has been too nice to Hong Kong,” said the first source with leadership ties. “The relationship between the center and Hong Kong is not one between brothers, but between father and son. The son has to listen to the father.” And the reported reply …