又中又英｜the cards are stacked against you
It was a no-brainer that John Lee Ka-chiu would win last Sunday\'s chief executive election. When former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah ran against Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in 2017 the cards were stacked against him. It was a no-brainer he would lose. The cards were not stacked against Lee Ka-chiu last Sunday because it was a one-horse race. He was Beijing\'s choice to become the next chief executive which meant he was guaranteed victory. The expression "no-brainer" means you don\'t even have to think about a particular thing because it is so obvious. Hong Kong people did not have to think about who would win the election because it was obvious that Lee Ka-chiu would win.
If the cards are stacked against you it means you are unlikely to succeed in something because of difficulties or unfairness. The cards were stacked against Tsang Chun-wah in the 2017 election because Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was Beijing\'s choice. But the cards were not stacked against Lee Ka-chiu because Beijing wanted a one-horse race. A one-horse race is a competition or election in which only one person has a real chance of winning or just one person competing in the competition. One of Lee Ka-chiu\'s campaign slogans was "We and Us". This is confusing because "We and Us" have the same meaning.
There is only a grammatical difference in when to use "we" and when to use "us". For example, it is correct to say "We were not allowed to vote." It is incorrect to say "Us were not allowed to vote." It is correct to say "The vote count did not include us." It is incorrect to say "The vote count did not include we." The examples show "us" and "we" are the same but used differently in terms of grammar. Perhaps Lee Ka-chiu should have used "We are together” or “Together makes us strong."