According to Chinese-language Next Magazine, which, like a horse-racing pundit, has come out with its predictions when the race is all but over, Chief Executive non-elect – if I may coin a phrase – Leung Chun Ying has been wielding his broom (or should that be Regina's broom?) as he does a bit of housekeeping in advance of his coronation on Sunday.
Here are the hot tips for his inner circle together with those facing the chop:
Chief Secretary: Regina Ip Lau Suk Yee to replace the wretched Stephen Lam Sui Lung (to railroad Article 23 through)
Finance Secretary: Carrie Lam Yuet Ngor to replace Sir Don's best mate John Tsang Chun Wah (not to be confused with Carrie Yau)
Chief Justice: Jat Sew Tong*, SC, British educated lawyer who specialises in government prosecutions, to replace Wong Yan Lung (who might kick up a fuss about Article 23 being railroaded through)
Security Secretary: Lai Tung Kwok, Ip's subordinate when she was Director of Immigration, to replace his current boss Ambrose Lee Siu Kwong (to help his former boss railroad Article 23 through)
Convenor of Executive Council: Barry Cheung Chun Yuen, former consultant with McKinsey and Chairman of that useless quango the Urban Renewal Authority, to replace the useless Ronald Arculli
Chairman of Hospital Authority: Ko Wing Man to replace Anthony Wu Ting Yuk (not before time and an actual doctor to boot)
* Jat, now 45, became a Senior Counsel when just 36. He is my tip for one to watch over the next ten years as Hong Kong's fight to escape from the cave intensifies with the likely enacting of Article 23 and the almost certain fudging and delays over universal suffrage. This fellow is poised to be at the centre of things doing Beijing's bidding.