Naps and an order of crabs provided some entertainment for those in the Legislative Council who found Wednesday’s session to be tedious as Hong Kong’s leader delivered her nearly 2½-hour policy address. The chamber was filled with a surreal peace and orderliness, and for the first time in a long time, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor faced no protests, and no shouts of slogans, as she read out her about 24,000-word blueprint for the coming year to a half-empty chamber, partly because of the absence of opposition lawmakers. Fifteen quit in protest at Beijing’s decision earlier this month that led to the disqualification of four of their colleagues, deemed to have violated their duty of allegiance or endangered national security. Lam, who was forced to deliver her annual address through recorded video message because of anti-government protests in the chamber last year, chose to do so in person this time around. But in a departure from previous years, Lam spent 135 minutes reading out her whole address, compared with the 51-minute speech last year, and 40-minute ones in 2017 and in 2018. Some lawmakers struggled to keep their eyes open as Lam kept on speaking, and while his boss was rolling out a list of cross-border policies backed by Beijing, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai was captured by cameramen seemingly asleep in his seat. So relaxed was Tsang, that it appeared he might fall off his chair at any moment. There were times he was seen jerking awake and picking up a pen to jot notes, apparently unaware his nap had been captured by journalists, and was going viral online. New People’s Party legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee was seen grinning as she checked the pictures of Tsang’s slumbering she received on social media. Tsang’s press secretary laughed off suggestions the minister found Lam’s speech boring, while a senior staff member of his department pointed out that the mainland affairs minister “was not the only one”. As it happened: Hong Kong leader’s policy address vows to ‘relaunch city, rebuild trust’ Health minister Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee also seemed to repeatedly doze off, and her neighbour, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Alfred Sit Wing-hang, showed no intention of waking her up. Meanwhile, Christopher Cheung Wah-fung, of the pro-business Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, was captured on camera using his tablet to place a HK$9,600 (US$1,200) hairy crab order. Cheung later received a message telling him the crabs were ready to be collected, and the vendor asked if he would like to pay by cheque or cash. His assistant tried to repair some of the damage by suggesting the lawmaker had not ordered the crabs during the speech. “Mr Cheung had ordered the crabs some two weeks ago for a meal with friends,” the assistant said. “But the meal was cancelled because of the epidemic. It so happened that the vendor contacted him in the middle of the session and he had to handle it.” As Lam’s speech dragged on, lawmakers Wong Kwok-kin and Tommy Cheung Yu-yan also seemed to feel the weight of their eyelids intensifying, and were eventually spotted closing their eyes as well. It was unclear whether Lam had noticed she was failing to catch her audience’s attention. But in a press conference later, Lam said she had “deep feelings” that she could deliver the policy address without disruption.