30 April 2017

Neville Sarony

EJ Insight contributor
  • Erdogan’s successful campaign is a powerful reminder of what happens when a government controls the most powerful tool in electoral machinery - the media. Photo: Reuters

    Media in jeopardy

    - Apr 18, 2017 12:11pm
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s successful campaign to acquire dictatorial powers is a powerful reminder that the over-simplistic algorithm of ‘one man one vote’ does not equate to the concept of objective democracy. Perhaps the word...
  • The votes received by Woo Kwok-hing (seen here, speaking to reporters) in Sunday’s chief executive election is no reflection on the quality of his candidacy. Credit: Facebook/Woo Kwok-hing

    The art of losing well

    - Mar 29, 2017 3:57pm
    The words of a very wise and experienced Head of Chambers rang in my ears as I pondered Hong Kong’s recent election charade. It was early days in my career at the Bar and, flushed with...
  • In the 53 cases listed for hearing in the High Court on March 17th, 27 of the litigants were representing themselves. Photo: HKEJ

    The price of justice?

    - Mar 21, 2017 12:46pm
    Is Hong Kong suffering from restricted access to justice? On March 17th, in the 53 cases listed for hearing in the High Court, 27 of the litigants were representing themselves. Their opponents ranged from a variety of...
  • Ken Tsang takes a beating from policemen in a dark alley (inset). No overseas judges have been 'recruited' by Hong Kong since the handover in 1997. Photos: HKEJ,

    Whose flaws?

    - Mar 13, 2017 12:34pm
    Opinion is free but facts are sacred. Fact-free opinion is dangerous trumpery. Even allowing for the fact that it is only a newspaper which has seen better days, can there be any excuse for the SCMP...
  • Donald Tsang's conviction is a sad indictment of the man but a powerful reminder of the integrity of Hong Kong’s judicial system.  Photos: TVB, Reuters

    Would a retrial of Donald Tsang accomplish anything?

    - Feb 28, 2017 10:22am
    Convicted of misconduct in public office, an offense particularly apposite in relation to a person in high office, Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment. Twenty months’ imprisonment is a very strange sentence for a High...
  • Xiao Jianhua's disappearance cannot be explained away by his published statement. And in such a case, can Carrie Lam be expected to stand up for the integrity of the rule of law?  Photos: Reuters, HKEJ

    Votive motivation

    - Feb 17, 2017 3:56pm
    Have we in Hong Kong become so accustomed to people being kidnapped from our midst and transported to secret locations in China that we now take it for granted? The latest incident of Xiao Jianhua seems...
  • Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing is not indebted to anyone or any organization other than his commitment to the Hong Kong SAR. Photo: Facebook/Woo Kwok-hing

    In whom we place our trust

    - Feb 3, 2017 11:21am
    In many if not most respects, the task of selecting someone to be chief executive of Hong Kong should be akin to recruiting an employee for a job. Curiously, though we are vaguely familiar with the...
  • Woo Kwok-hing is a broadly experienced, well balanced candidate whose primary loyalty is to Hong Kong. Woo is up against Carie Lam, John Tsang and Regina Ip (insets clockwise) in the chief executive election. Photo: Reuters, Bloomberg, HKEJ

    An open letter to the chief executive Election Committee

    - Jan 26, 2017 3:49pm
    Dear electors, I am crediting you with a modicum of intellect and, even though I have grave reservations based on past performance, a moral conscience. Neither of these attributes automatically connotes common sense, a quality that...
  • The decisions of the Court of Final Appeal not only reflect the jurisprudence of the common law but are held in the highest regard by jurists around the world. Photo: Bloomberg

    Flaw in the jewel

    - Jan 9, 2017 10:02am
    The trial of Donald Tsang is being conducted by Queen’s Counsel from London, both for the prosecution and for the defense. Both counsel had to apply to the High Court for leave to appear, a process...
  • The Christmas gift to the Baguio Villa owners will be to increase the wattage for the tennis court lights at no extra cost. Photo: Bloomberg

    A Christmas Carol

    - Dec 28, 2016 12:13pm
    It was Christmas Day in Chau Tai Fook’s golden grotto and Santa Claws, the father of the New World gathered his elves around him. “We must think of a suitable present for all those flat owners...
  • The UK's Elizabeth Truss (L) and Hong Kong's 
Rimsky Yuen (R) have been found wanting in their stewardship of the justice departments in their respective governments. Photos: Bloomberg, CNSA

    Who will protect the judges?

    - Dec 14, 2016 2:07pm
    An independent judiciary peopled with lawyers of great experience and high intelligence is a cornerstone of a civilized society. This cornerstone is under attack in England and Hong Kong from narrow minded bigots who confuse the...
  • A copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf. If we do not learn from the lessons of history, civilization will pay a terrible price. Photo: Reuters

    The lessons of history

    - Dec 7, 2016 3:06pm
    Hong Kong lives cheek by jowl with a ruthless one-party autocracy, despite which it enjoys a remarkable degree of free thought and speech. Lately, however, its freedoms are beginning to feel like a soap bubble perched...
  • Donald Trump appears at a round-table discussion. His animosity toward people of a different race, colour, creed and sexual orientation evinces a deep-seated fear of the unfamiliar. Photo: Reuters

    Send in the clowns

    - Nov 16, 2016 9:52am
    Barack Obama set out to improve the world’s perception of America and, given the depths to which the image of the United States had sunk under George W. Bush, he made significant progress. The reality is...
  • CY Leung and Rimsky Yuen (inset, background) unsuccessfully challenged a decision by Legco President Andrew Leung to allow two Youngspiration legislators-elect to retake the oath of office. Photos: Reuters, HKEJ

    Abuse of process

    - Oct 19, 2016 3:58pm
    Two young prospective legislators demonstrated their immaturity and lack of judgment by abusing the Legco oath-taking ceremony to make a political statement. The use of obscene language and a deeply offensive reference to China in a...
  • Leung Chun-ying has threatened legal action against a newspaper over allegations of impropriety in relation to a deal with an Australian firm. Photo: HKEJ

    The HK$50 million question

    - Oct 6, 2016 11:00am
    So, C.Y. Leung is off on another legal threat against the press. The basis for his complaint against Apple Daily is that the allegations against him are aimed at undermining his bid for a second term...
  • Officials led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (third from left, front row) and Liaison Office Director Zhang Xiaoming (second from right) attend a ceremony of the Heung Yee Kuk. Below: Wang Chau. Photos: HKEJ

    Tamar’s rubber ducks go to Wang Chau with a quack, quack, quack

    - Sep 27, 2016 11:08am
    The Wang Chau saga is a cross between Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Animal Farm. The goings-on of Leung Chun-ying’s government demand a deeply credulous population. When people, whether government officers or not, tell different stories...
  • Waiting in line for your turn for whatever it is you are queuing for is a characteristic of civilized human behavior. Photo: AFP

    How to deal with the queue jumper

    - Sep 22, 2016 6:13pm
    The queue jumper or barger is one of the most infuriating and uncivilized creatures to cross one’s path. Waiting in line for your turn for whatever it is you are queuing for is a characteristic of...
  • Donald Trump and his ilk may entertain the undemanding but their script is toxic. Photo: AFP

    Political comedians

    - Sep 6, 2016 9:52am
    I was tempted to describe Donald Trump as a third-rate Vaudeville comedian, peddling his lowest common denominator version of humor to an undemanding audience, ripe to listen to loaded cracks aimed at every minority group in...
  • Donald Trump (right), shown with running mate Mike Pence, is embroiled in character flaws. The duo, known as Trumpence, has the ring of worthless coinage. Photo: Reuters

    Fear is the key

    - Sep 1, 2016 10:05am
    Do you ever get the feeling that the world is losing touch with reality? I confess to experiencing this with alarmingly increasing frequency. Ah well, you say, that is just the effect of getting older, to...
  • Hong Kong must curb parochialism and uphold the city's international character if it is to remain a global financial hotspot, observers say. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong – Neither fish nor fowl?

    - Aug 16, 2016 10:15am
    While Hong Kong is constitutionally a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the territory’s status in practical terms — and what the city aspires to be — cannot be defined simply by its...

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