PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 July, 2006, 12:00am

'He [Lord Patten] patted his butt and left, then we went through seven years of hardship' Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, claiming the last governor left Hong Kong ill-prepared to deal with the Asian financial crisis, a day after Lord Patten argued that imposing a goods and services tax would lead to more public spending

'It is painful to see Ocean Grand, which was set up by my staff and I, falter due to cash flow problems. I share the worries of the staff, shareholders and creditors and I would like to say sorry to them' Group chairman Michael Yip Kim-po explaining how he felt after investigators found more than 800 million yuan was missing

'I ask you, being an Iraqi person, that if you reach a verdict of death, execution, remember I am a military man and should be killed by firing squad and not by hanging as a common criminal' Saddam Hussein speaking to the tribunal hearing mass murder charges against him