Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Benny Tai on the False Legitimacy of Pocketing Political Reform

"How 'pocket it first' could bring the harm of false legitimacy"
Benny Tai
Hong Kong Economic Journal
17 April 2015
The Hong Kong government, central authorities in Beijing, the pro-establishment camp and even some pan-democrats have recently been on a massive campaign to persuade the people of Hong Kong to “pocket it first” with regard to the electoral reform plan currently on the table.
     Those who are against the proposal argue that any pre-screened candidate who is eventually elected the chief executive through one person one vote will have “false legitimacy”. There are a lot of people out there who don’t know what “false legitimacy” means. In order to understand that, it is important to first explain the meaning “legitimacy”.
     Legitimacy refers to the status in which people generally believe the governance of a regime is appropriate, and they accept its governance on their own accord. A high degree of legitimacy enables a regime to press ahead with policy decisions and stay the course amid controversies or even in the face of fierce opposition, because it was elected through an open and fair election with a clear public mandate to govern in the name of the people...  Click here to read the full article.

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