One at a time for the multi-blunders If 15-year-olds can listen to their iPods, play computer games and pick their pimples all at the same time, why can't our government multitask? It says it can't even dual-task. It says it can't fix the economy and discuss democracy all at once and must deal with one thing at a time. Actually, that explains a lot. It explains why all those government blunders we've been having didn't happen together. It was one at a time. Our bureaucrats need all their brainpower to commit one blunder before they can move on to the next one. Multi-blundering is too complicated. So let's be patient. Let them bungle up first on fixing the economy. The bungling on democracy can wait. Hospital horrors and a big pay rise Didn't we tell you? Didn't Public Eye promise just last week that there will be more cliffhangers in Hong Kong's top thriller series, Hospital Horrors!? We've already had body mix-ups, a woman's breast being mistakenly removed, staff letting a heart patient die at a hospital's doorstep, and a dead baby gone missing in the mortuary. Now we have the Case of the Big Pay Rise. Yep, while you've been aghast at all the horrors at our public hospitals, the top brass have been giving themselves nice pay rises. In a way, the extra money is well deserved. It's hard work trying to explain away all those blunders. What still needs explaining is who should pay for the search for the missing dead baby. Teams of police in protective suits searched unsuccessfully for days through hazardous landfill waste. Right now, you the taxpayer is paying and they, the hospital bunglers, are pocketing extra pay. Should they be made to pay instead with their multimillion-dollar salaries? Will the government dare make them pay? Will the hospital bunglers give the government the finger? Stay tuned for another gripping episode of Hospital Horrors! Wigs and gowns would add colour to streets Say it ain't so! But sadly, it is. Hong Kong's barristers won't be allowed to dress up and walk the streets selling their services. The Bar Association has laid down the law. Its members will finally be allowed to advertise their services. But they are not allowed to doll up and solicit clients on street corners. No wigs and gowns outside court premises. What a shame. Public Eye strongly believes they would add colour to our streets. Just look at Central. Nothing but balding businessmen in boring dark suits. How things could change if the Bar Association lightens up a bit. Imagine our male barristers in their wigs and gowns handing out fliers offering their services. And if tourists from non-common law jurisdictions mistake them for nutty cross-dressers, all the better. What with Hong Kong losing the tourism war to Macau, we could use a new attraction. Taken for a ride by taxi drivers Whatever the taxi trade wants, it gets. Why? Because taxi drivers know they're dealing with weak-kneed bureaucrats. First, they blockaded the airport over revised fares. They got their way and even a government apology. Then they won concessions on the new idling-engine law. Now a bunch of them are threatening to strike if the government doesn't further relax the law on banning idling engines. It's time our gutless government stood firm and stared them down. If the taxi drivers want to strike, let them. If they want to block the streets, let them. Arrest those who break the law. Show them two can play the game. Taxi drivers should not be allowed to have a veto on how we clean up our dirty air. Is Obama's number already up? Finally, Barack Obama is US president. George W. Bush has been swept into the garbage section of history. But the 44th president? Surely that doesn't bode well for Mr Obama. That's double death in Chinese. What's more, he was also born in the Year of the Ox, which we're about to enter. Some fortune tellers warn it'll be a bad year, others say it'll be good. Public Eye says it's a lot of bull. Well, it is the Year of the Bull. Happy Lunar New Year.