Monday, April 19, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Yesterday was one of those bizarro days in Hong Kong when things one couldn't imagine not so long ago now occur and seem passable as normal in this part of the world. I'm talking about such as four social distanced protestors being surrounded byabout 50 cops ready to pounce on them if they are seen as going out of line (miraculously they weren't adjudged to) and Hong Kong observing its first ever National Security Education Day with schools doing such as erecting bastardized versions of Lennon Walls, students appearing to re-enact the police attack on civilians inside Prince Edward MTR station on August 31st, 2019 and the police performing the "goose step" march that the world tends to associates with Nazis and North Koreans, not just the People's Liberation Army.
There is no right so precious to the people of Hong Kong as the freedom of expression and the freedom of peaceful assembly. Not only is the freedom to speak the truth the core of human dignity, it is also the last safety valve in a democratic society, as remarked by our illustrious judges repeatedly. Respecting those rights is also part and parcel of defending the rule of law.
I had learned that the rule of law not only has to be defended in court, or in Legco, but also in the streets and in the community... When the people, in the last resort, had to give collective expression to their anguish and urge the government to respond, protected only by their expectation that the government will respect their rights, I must be prepared to stand with them, stand by them and stand up for them. Otherwise, all my pledges and promises would be just empty words...
Your honour, I came late to the law. I have grown old in the service of the rule of law. I understand Sir Thomas More is the patron saint of the legal profession. He was tried for treason because he would not bend the law to the King’s will. His famous last words were well authenticated. I beg to slightly adapt and adopt them: I stand the law’s good servant but the people’s first. For the law must serve the people, not the people the law.