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Readers’ comments: Why would Tories fight for democracy in Hong Kong when they don’t believe in it here?

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In response to Joel Davidson: The Conservatives’ shameful silence over Hong Kong,

JohnB wrote:

The time to speak up for Hong Kong was in 1997 when we should not have given it to the Chinese. But alas, our so-called elites were in the full grip of Fukuyama’s end of history theory and thought the cheap trinkets of global capitalism would somehow cause China to become a liberal democracy in their image.

There’s little point saying much now, is there? The Chinese don’t care what we think, and why would they?

DespiteBrexit wrote:

‘Has the United Kingdom abandoned its moral obligation to preserve the democracy, freedom and human rights that is our legacy in Hong Kong?’

It now turns out that the British state and its various actors do not even respect democracy at home. It is foolhardy to expect them to put at risk all that money (sometimes in their own pockets, no doubt) by promoting it in Hong Kong.

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