On Fri, 25 Jun 2021 14:28:15 +0100, Peter <peterxp...@hotmail.com
>In all the factual discussions of the troubles in Hong Kong I've never
>heard it pointed out that the UK did not grant HK democracy. The story
>seems to be that Beijing is taking away HK's democracy--that one cannot
>take away what someone doesn't have is a fact to be ignored.
>But just now in 'Wish lanterns' that very fact; that HK wasn't a
>democracy under UK rule was clearly stated. Presumably the FO tells the
>BBC what story to tell in its factual programmes, but forgets about
In my opinion, neither position is strictly true. For the vast
majority of the colonial period it was - well - a colony but an
elected legislative assembly was part of the hand-over agreement
negotiated between the UK and China and that came into effect some
fifteen months before the end of British rule. So Hong Kong actually
enjoyed just over a year of glorious British democracy.