Meet the Remoaner helping to crush Hong Kong’s democracy

The Remain campaign’s director of strategy is now doing PR for Chinese authoritarianism.



Hong Kong’s autonomy, freedoms and partial democracy are under brutal assault from the Chinese state. The introduction of a National Security Law has effectively shattered the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ approach that has governed Hong Kong affairs since 1997.

The ongoing pro-democracy protests have damaged the reputation of both Beijing and the Hong Kong government internationally. But a British PR firm is on hand to help.

According to the Guardian, the Hong Kong government has awarded £5million to Consulum to run its ‘Relaunch Hong Kong campaign’ and to launder its reputation.

The man leading the account is none other than Ryan Coetzee, who was the director of strategy for the unsuccessful Remain campaign in 2016.

This was the Remain campaign which devised Project Fear – a series of increasingly outlandish predictions of doom, designed to scare people into staying in the anti-democratic EU. The purpose was to counter the compelling, democratic argument for Brexit – that the people who make laws in the UK, should be elected by British citizens – with fear and spin.

Of course, even after Remain lost the vote, the campaign carried on for several years, trying to prevent the referendum result from being enacted.

Now, Coetzee is using his PR skills in the service of a far more authoritarian goal. He will be assisting Hong Kong officials as they try to protect their reputation while allowing a takeover of Hong Kong by Beijing, against the clearly expressed will of Hong Kongers who are revolting against this imposition on the streets and in the ballot box.

It is not even the first authoritarian regime the Remainer bigwig has done PR for. He was previously involved in efforts to rehabilitate the Saudi Arabian monarchy. (And he has even worked as a strategist for Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats!)

The Remainer establishment’s disdain for democracy knows no bounds.

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Barbara Baker

8th July 2020 at 9:29 pm

Nah this is a hoax surely – Carrie Lam and the CCP definitely don’t do PR – I don’t believe anything in the Guardian anyway.

Sentient 6

7th July 2020 at 11:41 pm

This bloke is the spitting image of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. With hair.

David J

7th July 2020 at 10:26 pm

I wonder if he browns up with Alastair ‘Shoulder’ Milne.

Gordon Te Gopher

7th July 2020 at 8:19 pm

“The EU sucks and I’ve got nothing positive to say about it, but let’s stay in it anyway and hope it sucks less in the future”

How the hell has anyone from the remain campaign managed to land a new job? A local brewery near me wanted to hire someone to organise a piss-up – they’ll have anyone but a remain campaigner.

Alex Cameron

7th July 2020 at 6:37 pm

This could be good news for Hong Kongers, as this clown has been on the losing side every time… he is on a streak…


7th July 2020 at 6:04 pm

Like a good number of jobs you have to be able to hold your nose to succeed in PR. After all, nobody expects criminal barristers to down tools if they’re personally convinced of a client’s guilt. But the man does seem to be attracted to anti-democratic and authoritarian causes. I mean, the ‘Liberal Democrats’! That really is taking the piss.

Michel Houllebeq

7th July 2020 at 5:28 pm

He’d do PR for South Africa while Whites are murdered every single day for being White – but that actually gets them elected with a landslide – who are the real racists?.

Jonathan Marshall

7th July 2020 at 4:51 pm

“And he has even worked as a strategist for Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats!”
Not all that surprising, given that the Lib Dems are neither liberal nor democratic these days.

Robert Flack

7th July 2020 at 4:37 pm

Well done for researching this. I cannot bring myself to read the Guardian most of it makes me feel sick. Are we surprised that he has worked against democracy?

Jonathan Marshall

7th July 2020 at 4:52 pm

Working against democracy would appear to be his mission in life.

Dominic Straiton

7th July 2020 at 4:28 pm

What we need are the re introduction of treason laws. This might sound draconian but going against your own democratic Nation State should be an immoral position. We will need them as Raab has declared war without bombs.

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