(in Cantonese) Economic Analyst +Wallace Chan & Independent Reporter Kempton Lam chat re Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney to lead Bank of England.
Guardian Title: Olympic opening: it’s security, not diplomacy, on world leaders’ coaches – Kings, queens and world leaders will have to take the first seat available as Britain imposes the ethos of a school outing
“[…] with the idea that the designated leaders follow the lollipops […] into the stadium. The idea is to avoid an unseemly rush for seats with presidents clambering over queens and crown princes.“
英國外交部日前表示，倫奧開幕禮會有破紀錄120名外國領袖出席，但截至前日（周四）落實赴會的只有約80人，人數跟上屆京奧開幕式相若，當中包括美國第一夫人米歇爾、俄羅斯總理梅德韋杰夫、土耳其總理埃爾多安（ Recep Tayyip Erdogan）、法國總理艾羅（ Jean-Marc Ayrault）、巴西總統羅塞夫（ Dilma Rousseff）及瑞典皇室成員等。
Note: 人鬼講東講西 is a working title and may change. The English working title is “Upside Down East meets West“.
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For the record. See Feb 20, 2011 UK Guardian “Chris Patten for the BBC? Good work, Jeremy. Now for Rupert…”, and “Chris Patten: The Tory Everyman returns to the top“.
Feb 25, 2011 Update: Looks like it is almost official now, as the MP committee has not formal power to block the appointment. UK Guardian, “Lord Patten confirmed as ‘preferred candidate’ for BBC Trust chairman – David Cameron approves appointment and Patten now faces a pre-appointment hearing on 10 March”
22 Feb, 2011 Update: Here is an old video clip. Still interesting to watch. “Frost Over The World – Chris Patten – 29 Jun 07”
Here is an excerpt from UK Guardian, “Lord Patten expected to be named BBC Trust chairman” (emphasis added). [Kempton: To some people, Lord Patten is known as the last governor of Hong Kong.]
“Lord Patten‘s pitch to win the job of BBC Trust chairman was simple – give me the job and I will stand up to both the government of the day and the organisation itself, if necessary.
It was exactly what the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, wanted to hear – evidence of strong-minded independence, which would allow him to say “this is not a political appointment” even though Patten is a former Conservative cabinet minister.
Now Patten’s name sits with David Cameron for approval – having been put forward by Hunt – and insiders said on Friday afternoon that the prime minister’s consent was expected to be a formality next week.
That would propel Patten into the £110,000-a-year, four-day a week role at a time when the public broadcaster has just asked for 20% cuts to meet the flat licence fee settlement imposed by the government last year.
Patten – aged 66 and currently chancellor of Oxford University – made it clear to both Hunt and an interview panel that he badly wanted the BBC job as the final act in a long career in politics and public life.“
Also see Guardian, “Chris Patten: the extraordinary career of an achiever who couldn’t retire
From Tory chairman to Hong Kong governor to academia – and now the expected chairmanship of the BBC Trust“.