David Akers-Jones, with a copy of the Basic Law, at his home in Tsing Lung Tau, in 2000. Photo: Antony Dickson
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

David Akers-Jones, former Hong Kong chief secretary, was not your garden variety civil servant

  • The devoted public servant – and talented painter – died recently at the age of 92 after a long and active retirement
  • His genuine friendships with Chinese once caused Hong Kong governor Sir David Trench to exclaim, ‘Whose side are you f***ing on?’

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David Akers-Jones, with a copy of the Basic Law, at his home in Tsing Lung Tau, in 2000. Photo: Antony Dickson
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Kong Wing-cheung and Tse Chun-chung, of the Police Public Relations Branch hold a press conference at the Hong Kong Police Headquarters, in Wan Chai, in August. Photo: Edmond So
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Hong Kong now has its own ‘Five O’Clock Follies’ media cabaret as press briefings stretch public credulity beyond breaking point

  • During the Vietnam war, regular press conferences were held at the roof terrace bar in Saigon’s Rex Hotel when a breakdown of the day’s hostilities, casualties and ‘successes’ were given
  • Richard Pyle, then the Associated Press bureau chief, described it as “the longest-playing tragicomedy in South­east Asia’s theatre of the absurd”

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Kong Wing-cheung and Tse Chun-chung, of the Police Public Relations Branch hold a press conference at the Hong Kong Police Headquarters, in Wan Chai, in August. Photo: Edmond So
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