What a great World Cup final, great great goal too, worthy of settling any big final.
But did the Beckham boys really have to wear Argentina shirts? 255 dead British soldiers, a belligerent Cristina Kirchner and the hand of god. I wonder whether he told his kids about those.
The Chinese ambassador to Britain has told the FT that Hong Kong would descend into chaos if the ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ movement went ahead and, in fact, occupied Central.
This sort of fear mongering has of course been going on for a few months now and the ambassador is only the latest Chinese government mouth piece to parrot the chaos line. The problem of course is that when people are faced with increasing authoritarianism and restrictions of personal and press freedoms, there comes a point in time when trading chaos for the status quo makes good sense. Yes, most people like stability. At the same time, most people do not like living under authoritarian rule. The question is when will Hong Kong reach the tipping point?
A few years ago I would have said the controlled decline towards Chinese rule will probably carry on so slowly that there will not be a tipping point. However, with CY Leung, the process has been accelerated to such an extent that it may only be another year or two before the real chaos arrives.
Today’s World Cup Final marks the 14th time since 1954 that Germany are taking part in a major final (either World Cup or European Championships). On average, German fans have enjoyed a major final once every 4 years, or once every two tournaments, which is a truly phenomenal average.
However, with 6 wins out of 13 finals so far, the win percentage is less than 50%. In fact, out of their last 4 World Cup finals, Germany have only won one.
The Argentinians will of course be far more robust in defence than the Brazilians. On the other end of the pitch, Lavezzi against Hoewedes is a particularly daunting prospect for the Germans, one which Jogi Loew will no doubt have been chewing over.
Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen has again repeated his nonsense statement that June’s Chinese White Paper does not set any new requirements for judges in Hong Kong that are not already stated in the Basic Law.
As I discussed here earlier, the Basic Law contains no requirement that judges have to be “patriotic” and “love the country”. Just like CY, Rimsky seems to believe that if you repeat something often enough it will become true, or at least enough people will start believing it for the problem to go away.
We can add to the list of rubbish Yuen’s comment that ‘the government attaches the same importance to judicial independence as those who took part in a protest last month over Beijing’s White Paper’. If that were true 2000 legal professionals would hardly have seen the need stage the protest. What complete nonsense.
Lan Kwai Fong. Photo: Hans Mahncke
Allan Zeman, known to most as the grandfather of Lan Kwai Fong, has weighed in on the democracy debate by calling for ‘universal suffrage’ to be adopted in 2017.
Of course, this is the same Allan Zeman who is not exactly known for being resolute and solid, having for instance made a famous about-turn in his views on CY Leung, once it was clear that Beijing had given the CE’s job to CY Leung.
The problem is what Zeman may or may not mean by ‘universal suffrage’. Even Beijing agrees that there should be ‘universal suffrage’ in 2017 – in the sense that the public will be presented with a list of 2 or 3 pro-Beijing candidates whom they get to choose from.
Nevertheless, in light of his recent comments on ‘In conversation‘, it does appear as if Zeman is moving away from his long-held position of all-purpose government servant, ever so slowly, for whatever reason.