June 14, 2024
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Beverley McLachlin drags us all down with her in China

Retired Canadian Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin looks slightly more ridiculous today in her role as a judge on Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal (CFA). Two of her international counterparts on the court have quit — former United Kingdom Supreme Court justices Lawrence Collins and Jonathan Sumption — with Collins stressing it was due to the “political situation.”

Two other British members, Robert Reed and Patrick Hodge — who served concurrently as president and deputy president of the U.K. Supreme Court — resigned from the CFA’s bench two years ago.

“As everybody knows, there has been a gradual erosion in political freedom and consequently in freedom of speech in Hong Kong, which I felt became progressively and noticeably worse in the latter part of last year and the early part of this year.” Reed told a House of Lords committee at the time. “I felt the time had come when we had to call it a day in the interests of the values that we represent.”

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