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Hong Kong people neither surprised nor shocked that CY Leung was told not to stand again

Seriously, South China Morning Post?  Hong Kong is not “in shock” and we are not “stunned”:

Hong Kong in shock as Chief Executive CY Leung decides not to seek re-election

South China Morning Post | Saturday 10 December, 2016

Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Friday left the city stunned and threw next year’s chief executive election wide open by ­announcing that he would not seek a second term to spare his family “unbearable pressure”.

Eyes were glued to television screens and mouths hung open in shock as a grim-faced Leung Chun-ying told Hong Kong that he was calling it quits in a hastily arranged press conference at 3.30pm, an hour after the government gave the media a heads-up.

The only person who might have been shocked and surprised would be CY Leung when Beijing told him what to do.


  • “Eyes were glued to television screens” – no they weren’t
  • “mouths hung open” – no they didn’t
  • “grim-faced Leung Chun-ying” – well, OK, he didn’t look happy
  • “heads-up” is a horrible phrase.  What’s wrong with calling it a briefing?


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