Hero CEO Refused Communist Demands for Names

Local media in Hong Kong is reporting that Cathay Pacific airline’s CEO, Rupert Hogg, responded to demands from China’s Civil Aviation Administration to hand over a list of Cathay Pacific employees who had participated in the protests with admirable defiance.

According to unconfirmed reports, he responded by putting only his own name on the list provided. If the reports are true it would go some way to explaining his ‘resignation’ yesterday. Beijing has control of a big shareholding in the airline. It might not be as brave as the man in Tienanmen Square who stood alone against the tanks, it was the right response and he must have known it would cost him his job.

UPDATE: We re-emphasise that the veracity of local reports is contested.

mdi-timer 20th August 2019 @ 3:00 pm 20th Aug 2019 @ 3:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
Camden Council To Be Addressed By Revolutionary Communist Group

Tonight, Labour controlled Camden Council will hear from Revolutionary Communist Group, who will be mounting a defence of Corbyn on anti-Semitism and demanding the Council repeals its adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. Camden knows the group is extreme, it sent along two Prevent officers to a RCG meeting in September…

Full council meetings rarely hear from non-councillors, they rejected every single request from local residents to speak last year. Seemingly it’s different for literal revolutionary communists…

The council’s opposition leader Oliver Cooper has accused Camden Council of allowing the RCG to “hijack council meetings with their agenda, while refusing to let others speak… Camden has been identified as a high risk council for terrorist, with residents, former pupils, and students convicted of terrorist offences in recent years.” All is not well in Camden Labour…

mdi-timer 21st January 2019 @ 2:31 pm 21st Jan 2019 @ 2:31 pm mdi-comment Comments
Libertarianism More Popular Than Communism

Over the last two weeks, media elites have decided that communism is the plat du jour. It has been featured everywhere from Elle to Teen Vogue and Ash Sarkar has shot to internet fame for her eloquent phrase “I’m a communist you idiot”.

But Opinium has found that communism has a net approval rating of -52, a full 38 points behind libertarianism. Guido also notes that capitalism polls as more popular than socialism…

mdi-timer 1st August 2018 @ 4:36 pm 1st Aug 2018 @ 4:36 pm mdi-comment Comments
Lenin Statue Bulldozed as Communists Lose in India

This is the moment a crowd of BJP supporters, the UKIPpers of India, bulldozed a statue of Lenin after communists lost control of India’s Tripura state. The statue, in Belonia town, had stood for the last five of the Communist Party of India’s 25 year rule over the region. Tapas Dutta, a party official, told The Indian Express newspaper:

“After the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the body. Then the BJP workers played football with Lenin’s head.”

Sound…

mdi-timer 6th March 2018 @ 4:52 pm 6th Mar 2018 @ 4:52 pm mdi-comment Comments
Fox: Corbyn ‘Undermined UK Security’ During Cold War

Liam Fox explains (to ‘Red Andy’, no less) the big picture issue raised by Spygate:

“I think that the Labour left during the Cold War were extremely unhelpful to this country. We believed that we should see off Communism, we believed we should see off tyranny… I certainly think the Labour left were the Soviet Union’s useful idiots during that period…

“Jeremy Corbyn and others were very useful to the Soviet Union during the Cold War because they undermined the arguments of the West… I think in the broadest sense he was undermining the security of our country by siding with the Soviet Union in that argument and I think that was very damaging to the country. Luckily it was our side of the argument not Jeremy Corbyn’s that won the day. I think he certainly undermined the security of the United Kingdom by their one-sided disarmament and their very clear preference for a Soviet style communism during that period – fortunately we beat them then and we have to beat them now.”

Well put…

mdi-timer 25th February 2018 @ 11:05 am 25th Feb 2018 @ 11:05 am mdi-comment Comments
Remembering the StB

Former Prague correspondent Edward Lucas recounts in The Times his last meeting with an StB officer

I remember the StB clearly. The Státní Bezpecnost, or State Security, was a pervasive part of my life in Communist-era Czechoslovakia. As the lone western newspaperman in Prague, I was a prime target. The secret police followed me around, harassed my friends, bugged my flat, cut off my phone, tried to recruit me, and shoved first girls and then boys into my path in the (fruitless) hope of entrapping me.

What I remember especially well was the evening of November 17, 1989. The riot police had trapped a student demonstration in the centre of Prague. I watched as the defiantly sung national anthem quavered and dissolved into screams and cries. The students’ candles, flags and placards were quickly trampled underfoot. Truncheons slammed into heads and bodies.

Next it was my turn. My notebook and tape recorder were ripped from my hands. Two uniformed policemen twisted back my arms. Then a plain-clothes man (an StB officer, I found out later) administered the most painful beating of my life. I particularly remember seeing his fist, clad in black leather, hurtling towards my face, and eventually my head landing hard on the pavement. My family remembers that evening clearly too, hearing on the BBC that I was missing, last seen being dragged away, unconscious, by the police.

So I do not regard Jeremy Corbyn’s dalliance with the London representatives of the Czechoslovak regime as a trivial Cold War curio. While he and other left-wingers were hobnobbing with the emissaries of the Soviet empire, its victims were experiencing treatment — far worse than mine — that would curdle the blood of any true campaigner for freedom and justice.

Change came to Czechoslovakia in the form of the Velvet Revolution, Corbyn openly laments that change to capitalism and freedom. When he says “change is coming”, remember the fist…

mdi-timer 23rd February 2018 @ 9:17 am 23rd Feb 2018 @ 9:17 am mdi-comment Comments
Previous Page Next Page