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Fact sheets to restore city’s image

Following a regular UN review of Hong Kong, all-patriots lawmakers vie with one another to think up ways the city’s ‘civil force’ – business folk and (no doubt publicly subsidized) sports and cultural figures – can counter foreign criticism of … Continue reading

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An Ip clip

Regina in LegCo quizzing officials on their reluctance to change the taxi licensing system and enable ride-hailing services to operate legally. How, she asks, can the authorities still allow speculators to hold and trade the colonial-era permits for perpetuity? Some … Continue reading

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What could have been

More HK47 mitigation pleas – Winnie Yu, founder of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance in 2019 – has her statement cut short… She cited the Hong Kong government’s failure to contain community outbreaks during the Covid-19 pandemic as one the … Continue reading

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Still not tempted

Singaporean boss of Sino Land Robert Ng applies for a non-Chinese cross-border travel permit. Especially useful if you go to the Mainland frequently and are a citizen of a country whose citizens don’t get long-term multiple-entry visas or visa-free entry.  … Continue reading

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Some mid-week reading

SCMP reports on the ‘Dragon Slaying’ bomb plot trial… An alleged core member of the “Dragon Slaying Brigade” has accused Hong Kong police of using threats to force him into giving false statements after his arrest over a thwarted bomb … Continue reading

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A little reminder of what could have been

More HK47 pre-sentencing mitigation, including endorsements from former government officials Anthony Cheung and Law Chi-kwong. Both had once been members of the Democratic Party. Hard to believe in these all-patriots/jailed opposition days that Beijing once allowed the local administration to … Continue reading

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A moan from Joann

The ‘Inflatable Wonders’ exhibition takes a nasty turn as Armenian artist Joann weighs in (Standard story here)… The team behind a Hong Kong art installation mocked by some online users has said it will press ahead with the exhibition despite … Continue reading

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Originally white icons recreated in white

More on the ‘Inflatable Wonders’ at Central waterfront…  The team behind a Hong Kong art installation of inflatables that was mocked online for one of the exhibit’s resemblance to gravestones has defended its decisions on how to display the works. … Continue reading

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Your tax dollars at work

How the charming Regina Ip we know and love today overcame (it says here) her antisocial personality in the 1970s. (Note that she had already been recruited to the civil service at the time.) A 70-year-old man jailed for playing … Continue reading

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Mega-events never cease

Tasked with creating mega-buzz events to show how Hong Kong is back to normal, civil servants use their great creative powers and come up with Inflatable Wonders – blow-up historic landmarks on Central waterfront. Photos here to deflate your expectations, … Continue reading

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