# 2012-06-12 18:07:00, ulaca
Dinner last night with my mole in the civil service allowed him to pass on more juicy tidbits from the former Executive Council member who, more than six months before his “election”, said that CY Leung was a dead cert as Hong Kong’s next chief executive.
We had scarcely quaffed our first glass of a very serviceable 2006 Ricossa Barolo when my friend asked me whether I knew that CY was spurred on by a sense of being spurned by the British. After I had responded in the negative, he informed me – while keeping a straight face, incidentally – that, having attended Bristol Poly, Leung felt he deserved to be recognised by last governor Chris Patten with a place on his Executive Council at least, something he was to achieve only under the hapless Tung Chee Hwa.
Warming to his task, my friend told me that it was incumbent chief executive Donald Tsang Yam Kuen and not Leung’s rival Henry Tang Ying Yen who had spilled the beans about Leung’s alleged conflict of interest when he w...