Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 3:02am


Ex-Thai PM Thaksin pays a visit

Controversial former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in town as a guest of the Asia Society - but only a handful of guests will hear him speak. Thaksin, ousted in a coup in 2006, has lived abroad since 2008 to avoid a jail term for abuse of power, despite his sister Yingluck Shinawatra's victory in polls last year. He will discuss Thai affairs with a small audience whose members have been instructed to keep his comments off the record.


British unions contemplate general strike

Britain's union leaders discuss a date for a one-day general strike in the latest step in a wave of industrial unrest sweeping across crisis-torn European economies. The Trades Union Council agreed at its annual conference earlier this year to consider the practicalities of a strike involving workers in the public and private sectors in protest against austerity measures designed to ease Britain's massive fiscal deficit. Leaders of some public-sector unions are pressing for the strike to take place early in the new year.


Peace concert celebrates the EU

Europe lets its hair down and celebrates the European Union's selection as Nobel Peace Prize laureate at a special concert in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and Scottish actor Gerald Butler will co-host the event, which features performances from US singer Jennifer Hudson and British musician Seal. The concert is an Oslo tradition after the Nobel ceremony, but the venue is ironic as Norway has twice snubbed EU membership in referendums.


New report on jailed journalists

International campaign group the Committee to Protect Journalists releases a new report recording and analysing the imprisonment of journalists globally. The New York-based group is expected to reveal worsening conditions for press freedom internationally.


First clues on 2013 economic outlook

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of next year is released, giving an insight into the economic outlook for the city's employers. The survey compares the proportion of employers planning to add staff to those looking to reduce their headcounts. It will offer clues as to how bosses view the continuing debt crisis in Europe, the strength of the mainland economy and political gridlock in the United States.


Officials face public at forum

Top officials, including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, transport and housing chief Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung and Home Affairs Secretary Tsang Tak-sing, meet the public in the second of a series of forums collecting views on next year's policy address and budget. The first forum, in Kowloon Bay last week, saw angry protests against Leung's government. Today's event takes place at the Y-Theatre in Chai Wan.