Saturday, 4 March 2017

Out on the Hustings

Carrie Lam's husband (left) denies having any extramarital affairs in the UK
The race to become the next chief executive of Hong Kong is well underway, and all three candidates are out on the hustings trying to shore up as many votes as possible for the March 26 election.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's husband has already come out to quash rumours that he has a mistress in Britain. Lam Siu-por was asked by Citizen News portal if he had had any affairs before, to which he replied: "I can tell you all that I have no such problems. I have a very close relationship with Mrs Lam."

What kind of question is that?! If there were any pictures or videos of Lam Siu-por with another woman then maybe the media would be justified in asking that, but to ask that outright is bizarre.

Pan-democrats already vow to vote for John Tsang
He had told Apple Daily that such rumours probably arose because he spent so much time in the UK looking after their two sons while she was working in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile the pan-democrats on the Election Committee have decided en masse to put all their 326 votes towards Lam's rival John Tsang Chun-wah. While that's a nice gesture, he would still need 275 votes to win.

All of his nominations were from the pan-democratic camp so he'll have to work hard to get some pro-establishment votes...

Although Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee is out of the race, she is still focusing her energy on criticizing Lam as running a "shallow campaign".

"[The campaign] is insincere, making people feel that it is a facade," Ip said.

Regina Ip continues to attack Carrie Lam in the media
Ouch.

Ip added she felt Lam would not govern Hong Kong well even if she had 800 votes.

"It's too simplistic to say a high vote count could result in effective governance. It is ignorant of the deep-seated problems facing Hong Kong," she said.

Sounds like someone is either a sore loser, or is trying to prove someone is a paper tiger, or trying to piss off Beijing for not cutting her losses earlier.

The next three weeks are going to have a lot of fodder for people to chew on...

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