What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost
Pan-democrats face a rethink after their district council election rout:
Patrick Shu Wing-lee - The split of the pan-democratic parties benefits the pro-establishment camp only.
Wendy Yap - I feel that the people of HK voted wisely, congrats.
Kelvin Ng - Try to accept defeat as gracefully as you can and don't blame it on others. It is through your own hands that you lost the election.
Top cadres have air purifiers while ordinary Beijingers have to breathe the capital's filthy air:
Jonathan Parry - Why can't economic growth and environmental protection run hand in hand? During economic growth take the chance to modernise and use new environmentally friendly technologies. A simple example is the car. Don't stop building but instead build with the environment rather than destroying it.
Sam Ho - They will cope with the air, as long as there are public grievances. However, they would need to strike a balance between economic growth and environmental protection.
Keith Timothy Jones - It's like the leaders are creating a state within a state.
Academic says mainland faces nightmare of rising inflation and unemployment:
Bjorn Berg - The Chinese economy isn't perfect but I wouldn't put too much stock in 'doom scenarios'. Something drastic could happen in the real estate section considering its foundations aren't always so sturdy - but then again, it may well correct itself without crashing. I'd say the most pressing matter is inflation. Prices for daily commodities are going up while salaries are not, and a situation like that will make people anywhere grouchy.