Separation of powers claims now challenge CCP supremacy

Beijing now equates the belief that Hong Kong has separation of powers with the promotion of  independence. The line is that it was never even there in the first place, and people saying otherwise are attempting to change the constitutional order…

HKMAO said some people in Hong Kong are “trying to confuse the public” by advocating the concept of a separation of powers, adding that their intention is to expand the power of the legislature and the judiciary, undermine the authority of the Chief Executive, reject Beijing’s comprehensive jurisdiction over the SAR, and turn Hong Kong into an independent political entity.

Will talk of ‘separation of powers’ now join slogans like ‘Kwong Fuk Heung Gong’, ‘Hong Kong Independence’ or the sung lyrics to Glory to Hong Kong as forbidden speech? To find out, keep an eye on Michael Davies, who says Carrie Lam’s argument denying we have separation of powers ‘unwittingly’ confirmed that we do. His reasoning assumes that the government is subject to the law. The thought-crime enforcers might go easy on him for this faulty logic.

But definitely watch Neville Sarony QC. In EJ, he gives Henry Litton’s pro-CCP anti-judiciary comments a good mauling, referring to ‘all Hong Kong’s air-head communist lawyers rushing round screaming that there is no such thing as a separation of powers in Hong Kong’ and using delightfully rude phrases like ‘predigested propagandist blather’ and ‘insidious little rant’. Why can’t more members of the legal profession write like this?

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9 Responses to Separation of powers claims now challenge CCP supremacy

  1. Penny says:

    Henry Litton – “Beijing has not deviated from the course set for Hong Kong.”
    Neville Sarony – “I must make sure I never give the helm of my boat to him.”

  2. Chopped Onions says:

    “Beijing has not deviated from the course set for Hong Kong” is a true lawyers argument.
    Totally depends on what path your talking about…………

  3. YTSL says:

    On this subject: would like to call attention too to Michael Cox’s “Independent courts a bedrock of Hong Kong freedom but CCP keep chipping away” in Apple Daily:-

  4. steve says:

    Sometimes the Internet works the way it was intended. Reading up on Neville Sarony, I discovered that his father, Leslie Sarony, was a prominent UK singer/songwriter in the 20s and 30s (and beyond? I’m a Yank, so what do I know). Apparently he specialized in novelty tunes, one of which, “Jollity Farm,” was recorded by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. And Sarony pere has a performance credit in “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” in the “Crimson Permanent Assurance” prologue.

  5. dimuendo says:


    Neville Sarony is a well known amateur musician (piano and singer) and composer who used to regularly play during breaks at Ned Kelly’s Last Stand on Friday evenings.

    Sadly, not even sure if Ned Kelly’s still going
    When I last went towards the turn of the year, they had really suffered because of the demos. Am sure is worse now in the time of Covid.

    Great shame if it has permanently gone. Was taken there in 1986 by a business colleague of my father who had been introduced by my father who had himself first gone in the 70s not long after it opened.

    Always argue it is a restaurant!

  6. Mary Melville says:

    I found it quite puzzling that walking from Prince Edward to TST on Sun afternoon there was not a single whiff of tear gas, a substance YTM residents are very familiar with. Nor is it mentioned in any of the reports, they are all about pepper spray and bullets.
    Could it be that someone with good sense pointed out that a blast of gas combined with Covid symptoms could have a lethal impact on the respiratory system?

  7. Red Dragon says:


    Here’s a link which should fascinate those amongst us who have developed (thanks to you) a hitherto unrealised interest in Neville Sarony’s old man.

  8. where's my jet plane says:

    @ Mary Melville
    Could it be that someone with good sense
    More likely a matter of self interest. I doubt Asia’s Finest care too much about the effect on the riotous mob. Mind you, pepper spray can’t be much better. It’s just that they are less likely to get an inadvertent lung-full – friendly fire aside.

  9. steve says:

    @ Red Dragon

    Whoa, that appears to be the definitive biography. Younger folks like the Pythons and the Bonzos must have had an appreciation of Leslie Sarony as a creative forerunner.

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