Trying to make sense of a weird world - and maybe make it a little better
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Just outside the market building in Taipo, a big banner exhorts those reading it to "Support Our Police". It appears from the two-hands logo in the corner to have been erected by the objectionable Robert Chow's Alliance for Sleaze and Hypocrisy. And there lies the problem: if they are "our" police, who are we? Any police force that Robert Chow (still claiming to speak for the mythical Silent Majority despite opinion polls showing support for the government shrinking to well below 50%) claims proprietorial rights over is certainly not my police force.
The Hong Kong government is trying to frame a political problem as a law and order problem, which means the police are being forced into a political role - defending an unpopular, unelected and unrepresentative government - that should not be their job. And the recent attack on TVB and RTHK journalists by the "Support Our Police" blue-ribbon mob suggests they don't have much idea what the police should really be doing - keeping the peace. A peace that is mostly being disturbed by those claiming to support the police.