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Student leader Alex Chow Yong-fan might be smart, passionate and all kinds of other good stuff, but, sadly, like a visiting mother-in-law, he has overstayed his welcome.

Whatever tea and sympathy he enjoyed a month ago has gone along with the bulk of his support.

One very telling example of going from hero to zero is seen by the very quick disappearance from the front pages of the Occupy Central saga, which, like that same mother-in-law, has overstayed ITS welcome.

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While one of the three organisers of this ill-conceived event- Benny Tai- an event that could have achieved so much with a mass demonstration of unity on only October 1, but which has suffered from too many cooks, no core strategy and no exit plan- tries hard to distance himself from the mess he has created with at least his pride and haircut intact, Alex Chow continues unabated like a broken record without understanding that The Fat Lady has not only sung, she’s left to have that long put-off tonsils operation.

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Yes, for two weeks, yellow umbrellas, barricades and Hong Kong against Hong Kong became an entertaining local version of West Side Story. But, just as quickly, the plot started to look wafer-thin, those wearing the white hats became grey, and the politics became grandiose exercises in self-indulgence that, ironically, badly hurt the democracy of ordinary Hong Kong people.

One does not fight for democracy by putting up barricades and imprisoning a city.

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Fighting for democracy is not about stopping young children from attending school, or stopping ambulances and fire fighters from doing their jobs.

Fighting for democracy is not about singing “Imagine” on one side of the bamboo curtain, and then crippling daily life on the other.

One doesn’t fight for democracy by turning up as a fashion statement and mouthing platitudes to an international media that has absolutely zero interest in the past, present and future of Hong Kong.

Why should they? Hong Kong is not their home. They have nothing at stake except for a good headline and a photo opp.

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This is not to say that Hong Kong does not have a problem.

It is being led up the proverbial garden path of cronyism by a Chief Executive who should never have been voted in as Chief Executive.

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This is where Occupy Central has dissipated into some mangled force of nature with, as Bob Dylan sang, No direction of home.

Instead of putting the Then and the Now and 2014-2015 as the key part of a strategy to help rid the city of a leader who cannot lead, and sending this one unified message as its raison d’être to those in Beijing looking on at their spoilt child called Hong Kong, the Occupy Central goalposts have been constantly moved and, eventually hijacked until it became as impotent and flaccid as another of those pointless press conferences held by the equally pointless Chief Secretary Carrie Lam.

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THAT debate between the student leaders Premier League team led by Alex Chow and a gormless looking government side with a moderator incapable of moderating became over two tedious hours in showboating with two teams of squirrels trying to find their nuts.

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It was as effective as watching paint dry and as relevant to the people of Hong Kong as an entrepreneur trying to sell Coppertone to Africa with Peggy Lee singing, “Is That All There Is” in the background.

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Hong Kong people have always embraced fads and Occupy Central is no exception.

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Unlike the crowds who, “back in the day”, queued up outside of McDonald’s for their McHappy Meals that came with collectible Snoopy dolls, Occupy Central has, as with any YouTube video gone viral, been “trending” on social media way past its Use By date.

This is thanks to an army of twitter trolls caught up in their fifteen minutes of fame and, knowingly or unwittingly, coming across as alarmists and providing the international media with back stories to keep alive this sorry mess of something that might have started out with the best of intentions, but has dissipated into making Hong Kong look like Humpty Dumpty led by cartoon politics.

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American expatriates jumping onto the bandwagon with much hand-wringing about “police brutality” have shown their naïveté by ignoring the almost daily shootings back in their home country of unarmed youths along with racism and gun laws that have created a trigger happy, Happiness Is A Warm Gun society.

If Uncle Sam and his nephews and nieces in Hong Kong want to see REAL police brutality, return to America.

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If these local twitter alarmists want to see “police brutality”, up close and personal, hang out in the Mean Streets of NYC or LA, or anywhere in the US- or any country where there are student protests- and not hide out in the safety of Admiralty knowing full well the placid nature of our local gendarmes, and then sell the world on the blame game.

Eightysomething seconds of silence to commemorate the eightysomething tear gas canisters thrown into the crowds by the Hong Kong police? Oh, please. If anything, the Hong Kong police should be thanked for their admirable restraint- a restraint that would be hard to find anywhere else in the world.

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What these theatrics do is play straight into the hands of that dolt CY Leung and his stooges and gives credence to their mantra about “various foreign forces” behind Occupy Central.

It also massages already over-inflated egos and ensures that the Monty Pythonesque-sounding “Umbrella Movement” doesn’t fold, but continues to plod along the same path as The Ministry Of Silly Walks like that elephant in the room.

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As for Alex Chow, he’s coming across as a tragic version of the The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Oliver Twist: Smart, but also a silly drama queen.

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Want to become a real student leader? Take some master classes from political debate teams in the US, then return to Hong Kong and offer something with substance as opposed to another chorus of The Same Old Song.

It’s all falling on deaf ears, Alex Chow, as everything you’re saying suddenly sounds hollow and self-indulgent.

It’s a half-cocked attempt at showing balls where there are none.

Be a good boy now, Alex, and go home to your parents as your fifteen minutes of fame was up weeks ago.

Chow, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, reacts as he is taken away by police after storming into government headquarters in Hong Kong

If there has been one other positive thing that has come out of Occupy Central other than creating awareness of the pock marks of Hong Kong’s big business driven political system, it has been the amazing creativity from YOUNG talent and not the usual suspects preaching that everything old is new again. Sorry, but I have my Lap Sap Chung and Double Happiness matchbox t-shirts.

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No, Occupy Central has shown many of the creative talent that has been laying dormant here for too long and completely lost on that farcically named organisation that calls itself CreateHK.

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CreateHK. Now, here’s something that really should be occupied- and with the clown running it- and paid very handsomely by taxpayers- booted out along with CY Leung and his phoney crony baloneys.

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Hans Ebert
Chairman and CEO
We-Enhance Inc and Fast Track Global Ltd
www.fasttrack.hk