Statement from Samuel Bickett about the Court of Final Appeal’s brusque (three-sentence) rejection of his application to have his conviction overturned.
A week ago, Hong Kong health authorities announced plans for more random-sounding micro-relaxations of Covid restrictions. Among the measures, people entering the city could go to skating rinks and cinemas upon arrival, rather than only after three days. But then, officials changed their minds – keeping movies and ice-skating off-limits to new arrivals (as with restaurants). Whatever, right? But the interesting thing is the Health Bureau’s explanation for the backtrack:
The bureau said it was “to facilitate differentiation by members of the public and avoid public’s confusion during actual operation.”
What would they do if they were trying to create confusion?
A recent summary of Hong Kong’s various not-confusing-at-all Covid regulations.
A few items for the weekend…
The Art Newspaper on the gloomy outlook for China’s cultural scene following in light of Xi Jinping’s party congress speech’s call to…
…“promote confidence in [China’s] culture, cast new glories of socialist culture”.
How to write a half-decent, semi-stimulating editorial: the Guardian on South Korea’s soft power.
Completely out-of-area and off-topic, but too strange (and wittily written) to miss: the ‘Judas’ goats that led sheep up into the slaughter chambers of Midwestern US meat-packing plants in exchange for cigarettes.