Monday, 2 February 2015

Quote of the Day: Regina Ip

Regina Ip hints she may run for chief executive in 2017. Any votes for her?
in June last year, Beijing came out with its white paper, stating that Hong Kong would have "universal suffrage" for the 2017 elections, where two to three candidates who were vetted by the mainland would be allowed to run for chief executive.

Already speculation was rife about who would throw their hats into the ring -- incumbent Leung Chun-ying, former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and Antony Leung Kam-chung, former Financial Secretary and colleague of Ip.

Yesterday she said partially confirmed rumours, saying she would "make preparations", hinting she would run for the 2017 election.

The 64-year-old had plans to run in 2012, but had too few supporters in the Election Committee. But this time around Ip said she might consider running for chief executive.

The Broomhead caricature of Ip
"I think I need to make preparations... do some basic work first. You won't concede that you will not be able to win before even knowing who else is going to run," she said.

She has already anticipated CY Leung will run again. "Mr Leung is not old. And it seems he is rather interested in the work," Ip said.

Did she mean that earnestly or sarcastically?

However, the chair of the New People's Party did believe that as a woman she had an edge over male candidates. "Women are gentle. Even if your stance is very firm, you can adopt a soft and gentle approach," Ip said.

Is she perhaps referring to her mishandling of Article 23 back in 2002-2003 (which led to her resignation) and learned a lesson from it?

When she was trying to push through legislation of Article 23, Ip famously said in October 2002: "Hitler was elected by the people. But he ended up killing 7 million people. This proves that democracy is not a cure-all medicine."

Straw polls already show a large majority of people would not vote for Ip if she ran in 2017 election.

Maybe it's time to rethink that hairstyle again...

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