Category: Politics

Vladimir Trump and Donald Putin

Part of me wishes the whole Russia thing would just go away. Yes, Russia interfered. Yes, Trump and his hideous brood, even if they weren’t active in soliciting Russian help, did nothing to stop Russia’s interference by, for example, making it public that Russia had offered help. And nobody cares. Trump’s supporters don’t care. The… Read more »

Oaths

Last Friday, another four of Hong Kong’s democratically elected legislators were booted out of Legco on technicalities. The technicality is that, under Article 104 of the Basic Law, the lawmakers are required to take an oath. Thus far in HK’s Legco, the taking of oaths has been regarded as something between a formality and a… Read more »

From: Mr. Carrie Lam

Government House Lower Albert Rd Hong Kong   Dear Clement, I know it’s been a while, but the past few months have been awfully exciting, what with God summoning my one and only to CE-ship of Hong Kong, she hearing his call, and having 777 of the election committee answer His summons. Though I’m not… Read more »

TST Vehicle-Free

For those who saw my article in HK Free Press and wonder how to take it from speculation to realisation, the answer is something along the following lines. First, the idea needs to be refined by people who’s job it is to know about such things. Urban planners, traffic specialists, infrastructure architects and civil engineers…. Read more »

Freedom and Bureaucracy

The Great Confusicator brought to mind, after his speech in Poland, one of the reasons I ended up in Hong Kong. …on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger… . the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. The West became great… Read more »

Thirty Years

I arrived in the Crown Colony of Hong Kong on the First of July, 1987. I’d first like to thank President Xi for coming to town to attend my trigintennial celebration. China promised that there would be fifty years of no change (五十年不變), and they have delivered in style: shame on anyone who says that… Read more »

Welcome, President Xi

It’s official: Xi Jinping is coming to town. Here’s an early and famous photo of Chris Patten’s early days in Hong Kong: He wasn’t surrounded by security goons, the police didn’t have to glue the bricks to the ground to prevent people from picking them up and throwing them at him, and although this may… Read more »

Educating Uniformity

In a recent article, George Monbiot agonises about how the media got it so wrong on Corbyn. Monbiot’s complaint is that the journalists and pundits listened to each other telling each other how awful Corbyn was rather than listening to Corbyn himself. The reason this happened, Monbiot says, is how the media recruit journalists. In the old… Read more »

Epistle to Carrie Lam (1)

Dear Carrie Lam, Welcome to your new job. Since before you started, you have been the target of a lot of criticism. One of the most consistent is that you are resistant to new ideas. However, in your thirty years in the civil service, the Hong Kong government has executed many bold new ideas. They built… Read more »