The surprising thing about today's SCMP poll question - "Do you agree with judge Kemal Bokhary that critics of Beijing can also be patriots of China?" = is not that 93% answered yes, but that as many as 7% were stupid enough to answer No. Does the CCP really have that many readers of the English-language media in its ranks?
The simple fact is that if you love your country (whichever one it is), you want it to improve. This can only happen if people point out where it's going wrong, so the errors can be corrected. And if you seriously think that any country is so perfect that it's above criticism, then you need an urgent reality transplant.