Well, this is an interesting statement:
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that if the government met student demands and allowed candidates to be nominated by the public, Hong Kong’s poor and working class could dominate the elections.
He warned that if candidates were nominated by the public, the population that earns less than the median monthly salary of US$1,800 could dominate the process.
“If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d be talking to the half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month,” Mr. Leung said.
Now in how many ways is this stupid?
- It’s obviously going to inflame the students.
- He just called half of the population in Hong Kong too stupid to be allowed to vote.
- He believes, obviously, that people who earn under the median income vote monolithically, while those above do not.
- China is supposed to be a Communist country–a system where there isn’t supposed to be classes and rule by the proletariat, that would be the working class.
- At a time when the wealth gap in Hong Kong is getting a lot of press does he really want to emphasize the divide?