UK Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule (reflecting on Canada PM Harper 2008 prorogation)

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019

After three days of hearing last week (full video here), UK Supreme Court has ruled PM Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful. From Supreme Court: main link for case details, judgement (PDF), and summary (PDF).

Sept 24, 2019 Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule – BBC News

The PM’s “shark fin soup” funnies from yesterday before his pants caught fire! (start 8m2s)

20190924 Guardian, (23:40 podcast) “Unlawful: the supreme court stuns Boris Johnson – Philippe Sands QC on the decision by the supreme court to rule against the government on the suspension of parliament.

20190924 BBC Newsnight “Supreme Court ruling: Where does the defeat leave Boris Johnson?

On days like today, I very much wish Governor-General Michaëlle Jean had this Supreme Court of UK for her legal advisors to use as a precedence to stop PM Harper from delaying a vote of no-confidence in 2008 by prorogation. #Canada #cdnpoli

P.S. 20190924 Update: Guardian, “Remainers sing in rain as far right chant for Johnson at supreme court

20190924 BBC, “Supreme Court ruling leaves Queen in middle of political storm” [emphasis added]

Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major commented after the judgement that “no prime minister must ever treat the monarch or Parliament in this way again“.

He chose his words – and the order of his words – carefully, and conservatively. First monarch, then Parliament. He understands the damage this has done to the position of the Queen.

20190924 New York Times, “How the U.K. Supreme Court’s Rebuke to Boris Johnson Remakes British Law Image” [emphasis added]

The unanimous decision, handed down on Tuesday, is an unalloyed defeat for Mr. Johnson and will propel Britain into a fresh round of political turmoil. But it is even more significant for what it says about the role of the country’s highest court, which has historically steered clear of politics.

By ruling that Mr. Johnson acted unlawfully — and doing so in such stark language — the court asserted its right to curb a government that obstructed Parliament’s ability to “carry out its constitutional functions as a legislature and as the body responsible for the supervision of the executive.”

20190924 (Worth a read) Guardian, “Gina Miller: the woman who took on the UK government and won – twice

20190924 Guardian Opinion, UK supreme court, “The supreme court judgment is a devastating blow for a failed prime minister – Boris Johnson’s position must be in question. But this ruling bolsters parliament against many other outside forces

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UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension (prorogation) hearing

Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Here are videos of the UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension hearing over three days from Sept 17-19, 2019 and some links to news reports.

UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension hearing – Day 1 – Part 1

UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension hearing – Day 1 – Part 2

UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension hearing – Day 2 – Part 1

UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension hearing – Day 2 – Part 2

UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension hearing – Day 3 – Part 1

UK Supreme Court Parliament suspension hearing – Day 3 – Part 2

2019, Sept 18, Mother of parliaments shut by ‘father of lies’, supreme court told – Scottish lawyer at prorogation hearing says Johnson government has proved itself unworthy of trust

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Something about “The Testaments”, Margaret Atwood’s much-anticipated sequel to her 1985 classic The Handmaid’s Tale

Thursday, 12 September, 2019

I feel guilty and must confess that I’m one of those very few Canadians that have neither read Canadian National Treasure Margaret Atwood‘s awards winning The Handmaid’s Tale nor watch a full episode of the famed TV series. But still, I’m fascinated about “The Testaments” and here I plan to collect some radio/TV interview, news, and book reviews.

20190911, Channel 4 News, Margaret Atwood on her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, politics of fear and the climate crisis

20190909 Waterstones, Margaret Atwood reads from The Testaments

20190904, TIME (with a short bit of reading by Atwood), Margaret Atwood On The Sequel To ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ | TIME

20190910, CBC News, Margaret Atwood unveils sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale: The Testaments

==== Book review ====

20190910, Guardian, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood review – a dazzling follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood is at her best in this Booker-shortlisted return, three decades on, to the patriarchal dystopia of Gilead

NOTE: I hope to add more in the coming days.

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More Heartbreaking News From Hong Kong

Monday, 12 August, 2019

20190812 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest at HKG airport - Pix 01 protesters and signs - Hong Kong Police took a nurse's right eye

20190812 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest at HKG airport – Pix 01 protesters and signs – Hong Kong Police took a nurse’s right eye [HT Pasu]

20190812 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest at HKG airport - Pix 01 protesters and signs [HT Pasu]

20190812 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest at HKG airport – Pix 01 protesters and signs [HT Pasu]

20190812 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest at HKG airport - Pix 03 [HT Pasu]

20190812 Hong Kong anti-extradition protest at HKG airport – Pix 03 [HT Pasu]

More Heartbreaking News From Hong Kong

Following added on 2019 Aug 12:


THR Podcasts (Sacha Baron Cohen, Gal Gadot, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Chastain, …)

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

 

THR Podcasts (Sacha Baron Cohen, Gal Gadot, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Chastain, ...)

THR Podcasts (Sacha Baron Cohen, Gal Gadot, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Chastain, …)

Here are a bunch of interesting podcasts from Hollywood Reporter (THR) starting with Sacha Baron Cohen, one of my most favourite and insightful comedians, and the one that started me on this interesting journey. Have a listen of any one or more of these podcasts as I copied and pasted from THR. Enjoy!

* ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Sacha Baron Cohen (‘Who Is America?’)

Ricky GervaisJessica ChastainGal GadotStephen ColbertAaron Sorkin, Kate Winslet, Emilia ClarkeLin-Manuel Miranda,

Helen MirrenJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Meryl StreepRobert De NiroJennifer LawrenceMargot RobbieRyan Reynolds, Emma Stone,

Lady GagaJJ AbramsJulia RobertsTrevor NoahJerry Seinfeld,

Michael MooreJane FondaMatthew McConaugheyNatalie Portman,


A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019

Thursday, 11 July, 2019

 

Long Hair 長毛 梁國雄 2019 on RTHK Headliner 頭條新聞

Long Hair 長毛 梁國雄 2019 on RTHK Headliner 頭條新聞

*** New video to watch with added English subtitles ***

Long Hair 長毛 梁國雄 Leung Kwok-hung kindly gave me permission to follow and film him for about a month in 2004 for my debut documentary film Long Hair Revolution (2005). Now almost 15 years later in 2019, it has been a pleasant surprise and a bit emotional for me to watch the RTHK Headliner 頭條新聞 segment 【聰吧!新中年!】抗爭者言, 長毛 梁國雄) (episode 12, 愛民如子父母官 14/06/2019) featuring Long Hair.

I’ve spent quite a few hours over the last few weeks to video capture the Headliner 頭條新聞 segment【聰吧!新中年!】抗爭者言, translate the spoken Cantonese into English and lined up the English subtitle/Closed Caption text to exactly match the timing of the Chinese subtitle text on the clip. Feel free to let me know if you spot any clear mistakes and have suggestions to better translate things.

I’ve now uploaded my English subtitle enhanced clip onto YouTube, I hope you enjoy watching it: Long Hair – 2019 頭條新聞 RTHK Headliner

*** A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019 ***

I originally planned to write a post call “A Documentarian’s Apology” (in the line of British mathematician G. H. Hardy‘s “A Mathematician’s Apology” (PDF). I’ve now tweaked the words a little and now writing “A Documentarian’s Observation” instead and here are a few of my observations:

  1. Interviewer 羅永聰 was able to ask Long Hair (LH) questions about his ex-wife because they have known and interacted with each other for years. Looking back, it would be very gossipy and uncomfortable for me to ask LH about his ex-wife then and even now 15 years later. I’m glad that Law asked and we got to learn a bit more about that side of LH.
  2. Long Hair’s home was another place that I felt a bit too nosy for me to ask to follow him to film in 2004. In hindsight I wish I had but then I can’t turn back time. Making a documentary is about doing what I can and cannot do. What I couldn’t or felt uncomfortable to do things that could jeopardize the sense of trust between me and LH. His home was one of those places that I instinctively set as “out of bound” for me to film.
  3. Paradoxically, LH has become even more of a statesman (at least in my eyes) in 2019 compare to previous times I’ve seen him on TV or video after he got DQ (disqualified) unjustly by the government.
  4. Hearing LH said in the Legislative Council chamber: “夕陽無限好, 只是近黃昏” “不如欣賞一下…” (“The setting Sun’s endlessly endearing… But the light of Day is disappearing!” “why not admire it a little …”) made me feel sad.
  5. While it is good to see LH in reasonably good health, at different places in the short clip, LH seems also visibly aged and much more tired (definitely compare to 15 years ago but even compare to 2-3 years ago). It makes me feel sad to see his physical health wanes a bit.
  6. (20190704 new update) When I filmed Long Hair Revolution (2005), I felt almost completely safe at all times except, as mentioned in the past, when I was detained briefly at the immigration queue coming back to Hong Kong from Long Hair’s Macau protest trip. If I were making a documentary today in 2019 (which I am NOT), I would likely have gone into the LegCo to record and witness as HKFP report “The writing on the wall: Understanding the messages left by protesters during the storming of the Hong Kong legislature“. If I had gone in LegCo (which I have not), I would have felt totally safe with the protestors (as fellow documentarian Lynn Lee said so well in her Facebook post), unfortunately, I would NOT feel safe at all with the HK police knowing their brutalities. Nor would I feel safe in rally organized by pro-police/pro-government protestors who are often violent even as they claim to be protesting against “violence”.
  7. Thats it for now. I may add more later.

References

Note1: Segment description via RTHK 頭條新聞 第12集—愛民如子父母官 14/06/2019:
//【聰吧!新中年!】抗爭者言
這個星期,很多人都在抗爭,而人群中一定找到他的踪影—長毛,大半生都在抗爭的梁國雄。三十年前,大家都覺得這個人激進得可怕,今天,有人罵他「左膠」,他自己會如何看待這大半生的事業,今年63歲的他,會有退下來的一天嗎?
「成個政治制度,若果你漠視大多數人的權利,大多數人遲早會出聲。」
「DQ、補選失利、戰友入獄、送中…一浪接一浪,我無話可說,社會已變得毫無規則。」
「夕陽無限好,只是近黃昏…」//

Note2: Julian Law Wing Chung (羅永聰) (an older English bio of Law at Reuters Institute) was most known for being former Financial Secretary John Tsang‘s political assistant and Law also quit his job to help run Tsang‘s election campaign for the Chief Executive of HKSAR which Tsang ultimately lost to Carrie Lam.

Last update: 20190711


Lee Iacocca (1924-2019)

Wednesday, 3 July, 2019

 

My 1986 copy of

My 1986 copy of “Iacocca: An Autobiography” which I used for a high school English class assignment/book review. This is one of the autobiographies that got me onto the path of lifelong learning form insightful people’s biographies.

Goodbye Mr. Lee Iacocca (1934-2019), you will be dearly missed.

Thanks to my high school English teacher for letting me use Iacocca‘s best selling autobiography for one of the book review/class assignment which got me on a lifelong path of reading and enjoying autobiographies and biographies of many people which got me to learn valuable life lessons and teachable moments from them.

CNN, “How Lee Iacocca became an American icon” (bought back so many good memories)

Jun 2017, RegularCars, “The Legend of Lee Iacocca” (hope this is good)

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