A bad week for …, February 3, 2013
The whistle-blower found himself at the centre of unwelcome attention after uploading screenshots from a sex video, which ultimately cost a district party chief in Chongqing his job. The citizen journalist was detained and interrogated for seven hours by Chongqing police in Beijing last week. But Zhu, whose revelations have already cost 11 officials their jobs, vowed not to be deterred.
His partner, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, won plaudits for her stand against sexism last year, but Canberra's "first gentleman" managed to upset many by making a joke about looking for "a small, Asian female doctor" to perform a prostate exam. Gillard's smile turned to "impenetrable stone" when Mathieson cracked the joke at a prostate cancer awareness event.
John Tsang Chun-wah
The financial secretary should be used to being wrong by now, but that didn't stop the critics from chirping about the fact that, yet again, his prediction of a budget deficit proved false. Tsang estimated Hong Kong would suffer a deficit of HK$3.4 billion for the 2012-13 financial year. But for the nine months to December 31, the government had already amassed a surplus of HK$40 billion.