Wine fails to make revolution palatable

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 January, 2014, 7:11am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 January, 2014, 7:11am

If late Communist Party leader Mao Zedong believed that "revolution is not a dinner party" what would he have thought about constitutional development - a revolution of sorts in Hong Kong - being thrashed out over a banquet table, with alcohol? It seems Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's fourth electoral reform banquet for lawmakers on Tuesday was quite a convivial affair. Pro-government legislator Gary Chan Hak-kan told of the culinary encounter on Facebook with a photo (above) of him, fellow Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong member Steven Ho Chun-yin and the director of the Chief Executive's Office Edward Yau Tang-wah, the latter displaying a rosy glow. The caption on the photo, which also shows three glasses of red wine, gives Chan's view of the meeting: "Heated debate amid cold weather; but the huge divide remains." Would coffee have been more helpful in forging consensus on these complex issues? Tanna Chong


Long Hair advised to practise his aim

League of Social Democrats lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung may be well known for his anti-government antics in the Legislative Council, but when it comes to missile-throwing, he really needs to learn from his fellow radicals. When Leung tried to throw an egg at the chief executive yesterday in protest at the omission of a retirement-protection scheme from the policy speech, he missed Leung Chun-ying completely and the egg landed near pan-democrat Claudia Mo Man-ching's seat, splattering her handbag and one of her shoes with raw egg. Mo said she was lucky the egg did not hit her head but, even if it had, she "wouldn't have minded" because lawmakers "enjoy freedom of expression". "But Long Hair should really brush up on his accuracy," Mo joked. A protester who threw an egg at John Tsang Chun-wah at a government forum last month was considerably more accurate. His missile hit the Financial Secretary on the head, although some wondered if Leung had been the real target. Tony Cheung


C.Y. unleashes his penchant for long titles

Following last year's heading, "Seek Change, Maintain Stability, Serve the People with Pragmatism", the title of this year's policy address, "Support the Needy, Let Youth Flourish, Unleash Hong Kong's Potential", was no less wordy. While it was way shorter than its 24-character Chinese equivalent, the heading failed to impress Claudia Mo, who described it as "awkward and long-winded". "It would be better to change it to 'A caring and flourishing Hong Kong' instead," the Civic Party lawmaker said. Tony Cheung


Political reform is always on the agenda

Leung Chun-ying seemed reluctant to discuss electoral reform in his 198-paragraph policy address - the subject took up just a few lines - but state media outlet Xinhua didn't shy away from it. Its coverage began: "Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivered a policy address … amid an ongoing public debate on procedures to elect his successor by universal suffrage in 2017." Big brother is watching you, Mr Leung. Tanna Chong