我反抗故我在 梁國雄司法抗爭二十年

October 14, 2016

我反抗故我在 – 梁國雄司法抗爭二十年“呢一本書,我驚佢有啲深,可能幾花精神精力去睇。但係我決定咗,有機會就一定買本黎睇,慢慢睇都睇, 當係學吓法律啦。

[ 我抗爭·故我在 ] 長毛六十大壽生日快樂

長毛梁國雄60大壽 朋友籌備超過1年 《明報》多媒體頻道

謝偉俊.梁國雄 對談會 ( 全篇 )

//梁國雄被視為抗爭符號,猶如他景仰的古巴革命英雄哲古華拉,衝擊、拉布、抬走,又再衝擊,是否就是抗爭者的特質。梁國雄的抗爭,有鮮為人知另一面,就是過去二十年持續的司法抗爭,通過主動或被動方式,在法庭內尋求公義,他既有主動提出司法覆核,亦有被動地在刑事檢控中成為被告,在廿年的司法抗爭中,有勝有負,但最重要不是贏輸結果,而是判決對相關法律作出澄清或推展,當中包括法院對基本法中基本權利保障的取態、司法與立法關係、公民權利等,這些判例對香港憲法和公法的發展有重要影響。

《我反抗故我在》一書,是將他過去廿年司法抗爭的案例重新檢視及整理,並訪問法律系教授、大律師及立法會主席、社運人士、學者,從不同角度去評議梁國雄司法抗爭對香港公民權利的影響。從判詞中可見,法官並不視梁國雄為搞事分子,也肯定他司法抗爭是為公眾權益,在庭上自辯的態度,有分寸,知所進退。在九七主權移交後,香港並未出現解殖過程,在確立新公民身份的過程中,司法抗爭是重要的手段,在英國留下的法治傳統中,鞏固公民權利,約束政府的權力。

書中訪問了兩任立法會主席,黃宏發及曾鈺成,他們有不同政見,但同樣尊重他這個人。曾說:「有些政治立場跟你對立的人,你也可以跟他做朋友,你也願意請他回家吃晚飯。有些政治立場跟你一致的人,你也不喜歡跟他接觸。我跟長毛亦如是」。// (Ref)

Note: A case was discussed that define “fair comment” in the case of “Tse Wai Chun Paul v Cheng [2001] EMLR 31 CFA (HK)“.

//Requirements Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead set out the outer limits of the defence of fair comment in the Hong Kong case of Tse Wai Chun Paul v Cheng [2001] EMLR 31 CFA (HK):Importantly, the fifth proposition pushed aside the word ‘fair’ in favour of a requirement for honesty. Nicholls LJ said: ‘A comment which falls within the objective limits of the defence of fair comment can lose its immunity only by proof that the defendant did not genuinely hold the view he expressed. Honesty of belief is the touchstone. Actuation by spite, animosity, intent to injure, intent to arouse controversy or other motivation, whatever it may be, even if it is the dominant or sole motive, does not of itself defeat the defence. However, proof of such motivation may be ­evidence, sometimes compelling ­evidence, from which lack of genuine belief in the view expressed may be inferred.’

first, the comment must be on a matter of public interest;
second, the comment must be recognisable as comment, as distinct from an imputation of fact;
third, the comment must be based on facts which are true or protected by privilege;
fourth, the comment must explicitly or implicitly indicate, at least in general terms, what are the facts on which the comment is being made. The reader or hearer should be in a position to judge for himself how far the comment was well founded; and
fifth, the comment must be one which could have been made by an honest person, however prejudiced he might be, and however exaggerated or obstinate his views.//

【我反抗故我在 – 新界東5號長毛梁國雄 2016 立法會選舉】


長毛舌戰山西政協民建聯澳洲大律師馬恩國

February 22, 2013

Long Hair debate Lawyer Ma

After watch this f-bomb ladened debate in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Some people may have a point in thinking Lawrence “F-bomb dropping” Ma Yan-kwok (馬恩國) may have single-handedly raised Leung Kwok-hung’s (長毛 Long Hair) approval ratings! Have a watch of this LegCo video recording of the heated exchange and decide for yourself.

長毛舌戰山西政協民建聯澳洲大律師馬恩國,大律師公然立法會講粗口!

Feel free to check out my first documentary Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命) which I’ve finally got it fixed and viewable on YouTube some weeks ago. Enjoy. For more info about Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命), read it here.


經濟分析師陳心田與獨立記者林錦堂講一講 – 小皇帝:中國的”一家一孩”政策對行為的影響

January 25, 2013

The news report “One-child policy: China’s army of little emperors – The one-child policy has fundamentally changed the psychology of a generation” intrigued Economic Analyst +Wallace Chan  & this independent reporter. So night, we held a LIVE YouTube chat about the research paper “Little Emperors” and China’s One-Child Policy in two languages. Here are the recordings.

(in Cantonese) 經濟分析師陳心田與獨立記者林錦堂講一講 – 小皇帝:中國的”一家一孩”政策對行為的影響

(In English) Kempton & Wallace talk Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China’s One-Child Policy 

Ref: (1) “Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China’s One-Child Policy” by L. Cameron, N. Erkal, L. Gangadharan, X. Meng

(2) “沒有兄弟姐妹的社會” by 張五常 (Steven Cheung)

Jan 26, 2013 Update: Here is a new Jan 2013 video clip of “Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase on China’s One-Child Policy“. For more (including link to transcripts) see this article.


中共的正常與非正常 – 李怡

May 3, 2012

For the record 李怡’s article. See also Guardian (May 3), “Chen Guangcheng: ‘I want to leave China as soon as possible’ – video

絲絲世語:中共的正常與非正常 – 李怡 – 2012年05月04日

中國官員向美國口頭保證陳光誠離開美使館會安全,承諾「允許陳光誠過正常的生活」,允許陳光誠同家人團聚,允許他在一個大學城開始新的生活,還允許美國官員去探望他。美方未必相信中方承諾,但有了這承諾就有了放掉這燙手山芋的下台階。陳光誠離開美使館,沒有病也去了醫院,中美高層的戰略和經濟對話於是開幕也。
陳光誠的妻子兒女在中共手裏形同人質,中共公安虐待他妻子,威脅要殺死她,逼她勸陳光誠離開美使館。陳光誠不可能相信中共的承諾,但為了妻兒的安全和團聚,他不能不離開使館。
中國外交部譴責「美國駐華使館以非正常的方式將中國公民陳光誠帶入使館」。實際上是中國「以非正常的方式將陳光誠逼離美使館」。中共「正常」與「非正常」的邏輯都與全球正常人相反。


中國走上資本主義 邊際革命之路 – Video interview Ning Wang – How China Became Capitalist, co-author with Ronald Coase Nobel Laureate in Economics

March 29, 2012

Kempton interview Ning Wang (co-author with Ronald Coase (Nobel Laureate in Economics)) re their new book How China Became Capitalist

諾貝爾經濟學獎得主高斯(Ronald Coase, 科斯)今年101歲,他與亞利桑那州立大學(Arizona State University)的Ning Wang合作出版一本花了四年時間研究和撰寫的新書(How China Became Capitalist)(我臨時中譯成為《中國微革 走上資本主義之路》)。我很高興有機會訪問Ning。這裡是我跟Ning的英文訪問。(see note 1 re book’s temp Chinese title)

I had a great interview with Ning Wang (co-author with Ronald Coase (Nobel Laureate in Economics)) to talk about their new book How China Became Capitalist. (Sample Chapter: You can download a free sample book chapter from Palgrave.)

I appreciate very much professor Wang spending over an hour sharing his insight with me about How China Became Capitalist and answering questions I have related to the Chinese economy. The following are edited clips of the video interview. By the way, feel free to share your comments and questions. When I finish reading the book, I plan to arrange another interview with Ning to talk more. And I may be able to incorporate some of the comments/questions into my next interview.

I have edited the interview into 3 clips with a list of questions/themes. Enjoy.

*** Main interview (see below for list of questions/themes)

Main interview (list of questions/themes)

Q1) Can you talk about the Shenzhen stock exchange in mid-90s where it had 300 offices for people to buy or sell stocks when the stock exchange actually had NO official permission to allow for these trades?!

Q2) China is now the world largest producer of Ph.Ds. Yet Qian Xuesen (錢學森), a most respected Chinese scientist asked a sobering question before his death in 2009 and the question is known as the “Qian Puzzle”.

“Why have Chinese universities not produced a single world-class original thinker or innovative scientist since 1949 ?”

Q3) Quoting the book,

“After more than three decades, the Chinese legal system is still far away from where it can “guarantee the equality of all people before the people’s laws and deny anyone the privilege of being above the law.”” 

This is a tough assessment which I agree with very much. Can you share your thoughts?

Q4) So far I’ve only read parts of the book but I feel more pessimistic of the possibility in seeing China makeing positive changes. I’m feeling more constrained by the history I now know. Can you share your thoughts?

Q5) I love this quote in the book,

“Capitalism with Chinese characteristics is very much like traffic in Chinese cities, chaotic and intimidating for many western tourists. Yet Chinese roads deliver more goods and transport more passengers than those in any other country.

Can you share your thoughts?

*** More in-depth questions

List of more in-depth questions/themes

Q1) China’s “Rule by Law” as opposite to the western practice of “Rule of Law“, that one word (“by” vs “of”) makes the difference of night and day! Can you share your thoughts? (see note 2)

Q2) “Do you see institutional arrangement as something culturally oriented or is base upon universally applicable principles? i.e. if every country is of certain uniqueness or that there exists a ‘one size fits all’ economic system?” [Thanks goes to my economist friend Wallace for this question.]

Q3) What is your and prof. Coase’s main discovery or new understanding gained from the years of research compare to the original understanding in 2008 when you started the research?

Q4) Can you talk about research topics that you and prof. Coase like to see more of? Any interesting puzzles worth further research?

*** Background questions about the book

List of background questions/themes about the book

Q1) Can you talk about the process of writing the book with professor Coase? I understand there was the 2008 Chicago Conference on China’s Market Transformation and then the 2010 Chicago Workshop on the Industrial Structure of Production.

Q2) I understand the book title has a history and may be traced back to 1982! Can you talk about it?

Q3) Given Ning’s Ph.D. wasn’t in Economics, how did he get to write this economics book and meet professor Coase?

How China Became Capitalist by Ronald Coase (Nobel Laureate in Economics) & Ning Wang - published Mar 23, 2012

Notes:

1) The book “How China Became Capitalist” currently does NOT have an official Chinese title. I originally translated “How China Became Capitalist” in a straight forward manner as “中國怎樣變成資本主義國家”. And then I found someone else translated it as “中國如何走向資本主義” which seems ok too. But I just realized that a good name can only come after reading the whole book which I haven’t done yet. I thought of using “中國微革 走上資本主義之路” You see, Marginal Revolution is an important concept in the book but its straight forward translation “邊際革命”  doesn’t quite work for me. I like “微革” for Marginal Revolution but I am also coining a new term here. So I am not happy but settling for “中國走上資本主義 邊際革命之路” for now. If “資本主義” is too sensitive to be used, I am ok with “中國邊際革命之路” or “中國微革之路”.

2) During the writing of this post, I found a link to a book chapter “The Institutional Diffusion of Courts in China: Evidence from Survey Data” (pdf) by Pierre F. Landry, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. This book chapter is one of the chapters in the book “Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes“. While I haven’t read it, it may be something that is worth reading further.


恭喜蘋果日報記者楊家樂 以 “街頭與女子擦身而過 狀元醫生涉揸胸” 勇奪 “新聞自由 你死你事” 大獎

September 7, 2011

恭喜蘋果日報記者楊家樂 以 “街頭與女子擦身而過 狀元醫生涉揸胸” 一文勇奪今日由加燦嚴格挑選的 “蘋果新聞自由 你死你事” 大獎。”案件編號: KTCC4671/11″等同免死金牌,點玩都得。想必楊記年輕時,早已夢想可以報導“狀元醫生涉揸胸”等法庭新聞,將新聞電影攪笑化。有蘋果日報,法庭隨時都可以取消,直接由蘋果記者及編輯決定有罪與否,反正讀者開心又賣報紙便行。用被告半裸照片加攪笑動畫,分分鐘快手快腳,令被告身敗名裂,免除法律面前人人平等,presumption of innocence (無罪推定原則)等等無聊法律原則及精神,用心良苦,恭喜恭喜!

當然,上得山多終於會捉到老虎。有一日,新聞中的主角、配角小不免會受不了社會上幾十萬人的眼光及壓力,到時死一二三四個很正常。蘋果日報記者便可以獨家訪問自己人,完成完全的”蘋果新聞自由 你死你事”精神。賣報紙,加人工大過天,死幾個主角配角,微不足道。

到人死之後,蘋果日報記者編輯合共花十元百塊,燒些金銀元寶給死者,便可以再繼續安安心心”蘋果新聞自由 你死你事” 精神。做個沒有道德良知的蘋果記者真好。

另見 “恭喜蘋果日報記者彭嘉賢、羅日昇 以 “癡情護士毒招箍煲” 勇奪 “新聞自由 你死你事” 大獎

街頭與女子擦身而過 狀元醫生涉揸胸 – 2011年09月07日

【本報訊】來自公屋家庭的窮小子,雖非出身傳統名校,但憑着不斷奮鬥,在高考考獲四優一良佳績。後來他更實現兒時志願,成為一位醫生,前途一片光明。就在本應躊躇滿志之際,這名狀元新紮醫生卻被指控在街頭胸襲女途人。一旦罪成,多年努力勢將付之一炬。記者:楊家樂
狀元醫生涉黑夜揸胸

現年 26歲的男被告楊珏峰,被控於今年 7月 27日,在長沙灣荔枝角道 822號北海集團大廈外,非禮一名女途人。他昨在觀塘裁判法院否認這項非禮罪,案件排期至今年 11月 7日開審。

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高考四優狀元楊珏峰在學時的照片。互聯網

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楊珏峰現職明愛醫院急症室。

在明愛醫院工作
明愛醫院發言人證實,楊珏峰為該院急症科醫生,現時仍然在所屬崗位工作,未有停職。翻查資料,楊於 08年取得香港大學內外全科醫學士學位。

庭外消息指案發當晚,楊與一名年齡相若的陌生女途人迎面相逢。擦身而過之際,女途人覺得胸部被「揸咗一下」。女途人疑是楊所為,窮追不捨問罪。最終楊遭警員拘捕。

昨日案件提堂後,楊在一名男親友陪同下,戴上口罩及鴨舌帽離開法庭,其間被告不時左顧右盼,狀甚緊張。
記者昨午造訪楊的荔景邨寓所,鐵閘關上大門打開,家居佈置簡陋。記者輕喚「楊醫生」,只見楊從碌架床上層緩緩走下來應門。惟記者道明來意後,楊立即揮手示意記者離去,隨即關上大門。

高考獲四優一良
楊曾就讀鄰近其寓所的荔景天主教中學。該校成績處於中游位置,並非傳統名校。雖然楊的會考成績並不特別標青,但他在 03年高考考獲四優一良的佳績,成為該校創校 25年來首位、並且至今唯一一位高考四優狀元。

楊當年接受傳媒訪問,自言沒有參加補習班,多靠校內老師幫助,又愛與同學往自修室溫習。他閒時喜歡打波、跑步、寫作,最喜愛的科目是生物科。

楊坦言自小立志當醫生,全因小時候看見外公外婆經常出入醫院,十分辛苦,令他察覺身體健康最重要。他指父母沒有向他施壓,讓他有很大的發展空間,最終願望成真。

獲學校頒發品學兼優獎的楊,老師對他有口皆碑,稱讚他人品好,情緒穩定,懂得自我調節減壓。楊曾謂學校有需要時,會隨時回校輔導師弟妹,作他們的榜樣。

案件編號: KTCC4671/11

Video 狀元醫生涉黑夜揸胸


艾未未出獄後首次訪談 – 初衷不改 信念未衰

August 3, 2011

For the record, Ai WeiWei‘s first interview via Apple Daily.

蘋果側寫:艾未未出獄後首次訪談 – 初衷不改 信念未衰 – 2011年08月02日

我對我父親的最深印象,是他入過獄。在裏面的時候我常想起他,覺得自己比他艱難。他進國民黨的監獄時只有二十幾歲,而我進這個黨的獄時已是五十多歲了。我擔心出來的時候我兒子已經不認識我了。
把你關在裏面的時候,你會覺得天迅速黑下來了,每一刻都不一樣,沒那麼樂觀。關進去才知道。就像一個人的環境突然沒有氧氣了,說不受影響是不可能的。
你幾次問我有恐懼嗎我都承認我有,沒有人面對這些時不恐懼。只有你們這一代年輕人才對這種恐懼是陌生的,我和我的上一代從來沒有消除過。我曾形容我是走在一個黑洞裏,一個人上了路,就回不了頭。我告訴你我的軟肋是甚麼,是感情。在感情上我向來都是一個脆弱的人。 —艾未未

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