Hong Kong demonstrators associate the Union flag with certain values: impartial courts, regular elections, jury trials, uncensored newspapers, free contracts, the rule of law.
"Human rights protesters in Hong Kong who brandish Union flags assume that people associate Britain with the things they hold dear: the rule of law, private property, impartial courts, uncensored newspapers, regular elections, jury trials."
“A free market depends on free institutions:independent media, impartial courts & not least..the charities/clubs...Without these things, government eventually becomes a racket, a system whereby the elites systematically loot the country”
'It is interesting to see how we are perceived in some of our former territories'