The Guardian on the UK judges’ departure from Hong Kong’s CFA…
[Activist Chung Ching Kwong] told the Guardian the campaigners had been seeking to have the British judges removed from the court of final appeal as their presence was “no longer acting as a moderating force, as the government has claimed, but was giving a false sense of legitimacy to the Hong Kong government”.
Kwong said the non-permanent judges had no impact over political cases, and so there was no positive influence they could wield by remaining.
The foreign part-timers’ presence on the CFA is purely symbolic. Thread on the neutering of Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal…
The CFA can do very little when the legal system as a whole has deteriorated to the extent that it has
Overseas [judges] will only ever see a carefully curated subset of cases (and you can bet your bottom dollar none of them will be “sensitive” ones)
From Transit Jam, Hong Kong government continues its fight against two-wheeled transport.
From China Quarterly, a long paper on Hong Kong’s 2019 ‘Freedom Summer’. Heavy on the serious academic jargon/sociology-babble – but about the spontaneity and community spirit of the uprising.
RFA interview with Samuel Bickett.
In the Spectator – how Henry Kissinger was co-opted by China.
And on other matters…
…the caddies got so used to seeing him kick his ball back onto the fairway they came up with a nickname for him: “Pele.”
Great moments in statistics/cartography: the most popular topping/sauce to go on chips in the UK by county, no less…
Observations include a distinct ‘Gravy Belt’ extending further than stereotypically imagined, curving into Mid/West Wales … Cheese did best in remote rural areas such as the Scottish Highlands.