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Time to use Article 23 as a bargaining chip

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Hong Kong is caught in a bind. We used to have a road map for electoral reform and full franchise. Now it’s gone. Is there hope of reviving it?

Thanks mostly to former lawmakers in the opposition, any possible reform, however imperfect, was scuppered when they voted down the only chance for “one person, one vote” the city had ever been offered, in 2015.

They took the high road and then left the scene, but not before constructing a contrived narrative about our electoral reform failure that fits the preconceived notions of a Western audience ignorant of local conditions and realities. Their supporters, blinded by idealism and oblivious to political realities, cheered them on.

Imagine what we could be debating today if the voting reform package, the one that pan-democratic critics said........

© South China Morning Post