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HONG KONG 2.0

By Pete Moore On July 1st, 2020

On the day that Hong Kong’s liberties were extinguished some heroes took to the streets. It’s unbelievably brave but also futile. They need to work on getting out.

The British government has stood by its promise to 3 million people with with British Nationals (Overseas) status and their dependents. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary told Parliament today that they will be given five years leave to remain in the UK. At this point they can apply for settled status. After one year with settled status they can apply for citizenship.

Sam Bowman, senior fellow at the Adam Smith Institute proposes Hong Kong 2.0 here in the form of a charter city. He’s absolutely correct that there’s little downside and a potentially huge upside. It’s the kind of thing that Boris could get behind if he can get through the bureaucratic blob. Give them the land and let them have at it.

5 Responses to “HONG KONG 2.0”

  1. The British government has stood by its promise to 3 million people with with British Nationals (Overseas) status and their dependents. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary told Parliament today that they will be given five years leave to remain in the UK. At this point they can apply for settled status. After one year with settled status they can apply for citizenship.

    Of course this is the right and honourable thing to do and if even one million of them take it up it could give a great boost to the British economy, just as many of the Ugandan Asians did when they arrived in the 1970s.

    However, I see stormy seas ahead for this promise. The hard Brexiters are now a majority of Tory MPs and many Tory constituencies will be 100% opposed to this. The line will be that we did not leave the EU to be “swamped” by millions of Chinese immigrants. I can’t imagine for a second that co-prime minister Cummings is on board, and we know how much trouble he can make. Watch out for “briefings” against Raab and a backlash in the Tory press.

  2. Peter –

    I get the sense that the Brexit/moderate wing of the Tory Party wants it. It’s also the impression I get from supporters.

    The left will be in a bind though. Hong Kongers are savers and Hong Kong has little public welfare. They will bring wealth, work hard and not go down the dole office. That’s no good to the left.

  3. The left will be in a bind though.

    The left will be irrelevant. What will matter will be the reaction of the Tory press, and that is quite predictable, given their decades-long hostility to immigration of all kinds.

    If Johnson is serious about this, he will have to face down his pals in the Torygraph and the Daily Hate. My hunch is that he will back down, because being popular has always been the most important thing for him. Doing the right thing has rarely featured in his career to date. And Cummings will be 100% opposed, be absolutely sure of that.

  4. given their decades-long hostility to immigration of all kinds

    Yeah – that really had effect, didn’t it 🙂

  5. Pete

    The Chinese that I know ( from Hong Kong or near it ) would starve to death before they’d ask for the dole. The kids don’t do bad things because if they did they’d be more worried about the parents than they’d be of the cops.

    They work and they save, and they study, and they cause very few problems for anyone.