Kensington Review

17 June 2019


Cogito Ergo Non Serviam


Latest Commentary:

Hong Kong Protesters Demand Resignation of Chief Executive -- This piece will probably not be available in the People's Republic of China because it will address the protests in Hong Kong against the city's leaders and the PRC's demand for a law allowing extradition of people in the Special Administrative Region to the mainland. The PRC is blocking most reports of this. The protests the last two week-ends drew hundreds of thousands. The city's pro-Beijing chief executive Carrie Lam has temporarily withdrawn the offensive legislation and has apologized. The protesters have rejected the temporary withdrawal and her apology and have demanded her resignation. The ghosts of Tiananmen Square are appearing in Hong Kong. [17 June]

Johnson Takes First Tory Leadership Ballot, Four Out -- The Conservative Parliamentary Party held its first ballot in the process of choosing a new party leader and prime minister yesterday. To no one's surprise, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson topped the poll with 114 votes, with current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt second with 43. Three candidates failed to win enough votes to remain in the race (Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey). Matt Hancock, the health secretary, got 20 votes (enough to move on), but he has chosen to withdraw. Based on this outcome, the only question is can anyone stop Mr. Johnson? The likely answer is "no." [14 June]

Trump Naively Open to Foreign Campaign Help -- Donald Trump was the beneficiary of a massive active measure in which Russian Military Intelligence [the GRU] undertook a systemic attack on the US election system in 2016. The Mueller Report and vast media reports prove it. Yet in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, he said he saw nothing wrong in accepting information from a foreign source. Mr. Trump is not only unpatriotic here, he is horribly naive. [13 June]

Hong Kong Protesters Flood Streets Against PRC Extradition -- Hong Kong used to be a British crown colony, until Margaret Thatcher bowed to the inevitable and gave the territory back to the People's Republic of China. However, there were some strings attached. The crown colony became a Special Administrative Region. It had special privileges. Over time, these have eroded as per Beijing's policy. The latest is a plan to allow criminal suspects wanted in the PRC to face extradition from the Hong Kong SAR. The streets right now are filled with protesters in Hong Kong, and the Legislative Council which governs the SAR has postponed a vote on allowing extradition until next week. Yet, the SAR continues its long march toward full integration into the dictatorship. [12 June]

Ten Tories Stand for Number 10 -- The nominations for the leadership of the Conservative Party are closed. Ten worthies have met the requirements to appear on the ballot. On a per capita basis, that is more that the couple dozen Democrats running to replace Donald Trump, and like the American Democrats, most of them are no-hopers who appear to be running for reasons of ego rather than wisdom. The front-runner is Boris Johnson, and as this journal counts votes, he will be difficult to defeat. The leadership is his to lose, and the competition is not awe inspiring. [11 June]

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