BBC lets the cat out of the bag

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Peter

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Jun 25, 2021, 9:28:20 AM6/25/21
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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
fictional ones.
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Nick Odell

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Jun 26, 2021, 2:10:05 PM6/26/21
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On Fri, 25 Jun 2021 14:28:15 +0100, Peter <peterxp...@hotmail.com>
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>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
>fictional ones.

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.

Nick
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