Date
10 December 2016
Chris Patten's fallacy is that he dissociates the pro-independence movement from our fight for democracy when these are two sides of the same coin. Photo: HKEJ
Chris Patten's fallacy is that he dissociates the pro-independence movement from our fight for democracy when these are two sides of the same coin. Photo: HKEJ

Chris Patten’s fallacy

Hong Kong people not only have a deep admiration for Chris Patten but also worship the ground he walks on, so much so many of our fellow citizens eagerly await his words of wisdom whenever he visits.

To say the least, the reason Patten is able to command the hearts and minds of Hongkongers even to this day is that they are stupid, so stupid that they have continued to believe everything he says 20 years after he stepped down as Hong Kong’s last colonial governor.

It would be pathetic for the people of Hong Kong to still look to an old-school politician like Patten for guidance.

I don’t trust Patten because even his fellow Britons don’t trust him and they should know better than us.

The mainstream British press also had a very low opinion of him when he was appointed governor of Hong Kong.

A prominent British news magazine once said Patten was “subtly cunning and has an imaginative sympathy with other cultures”.

The fact that Patten denounced Hong Kong’s pro-independence movement on one hand and on the other urged the people to stick to their pro-democracy agenda during his recent trip spoke volumes about his hypocrisy and fallacy.

Patten’s fallacy lies in the fact that he continues to dissociate the pro-independence movement from our fight for democracy when these are two sides of the same coin.

What Patten failed to notice is that what truly worries Beijing is not the pro-independence movement but rather our continued pursuit of western liberal democracy.

Beijing would be more than happy to oblige if all we were asking for is independence in name only without democracy.

I am thankful that our post-Occupy young activists no longer take his nonsense seriously like the old-timers such as Martin Lee and Anson Chan do.

My last question for Patten: if he was really that concerned about Hong Kong as he claimed, why didn’t he have the guts to criticize Beijing for blatantly trampling on the rule of law the way he criticized the pro-independence movement?

All I can say to him is shame on you!

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Nov. 29

Translation by Alan Lee

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