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  1. 'No need' for the luxury

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee colleen.lee@scmp.com The government spending watchdog says the chief executive hosted just one 25-minute meeting in the US$6,900 presidential suite he stayed in during a one-night visit to the Brazilian capital, despite government claims that ...

  2. Behind the red badge of good intentions

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Cronus is the Greek Titan who devoured his own children. He must be the patron saint for communist- and indeed most revolutionary- parties, which inevitably purge, murder or destroy their best and brightest, leaving the criminal, ...

  3. HK's government doing a good job in comparison with those in Europe

    Posted Mar 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... I wish to follow up on Peter Berry's comments in his letter ('Donald Tsang blind to reality', March 13). While much of what he says may be correct, and I cannot imagine that our chief executive would be enjoyable company over a beer, I do f ...

  4. Good leaders are hard to come by

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... the deep doubts about Gingrich's integrity and reliability even in his home state. The difficulty Hong Kong has experienced in throwing up good local leaders is hardly surprising, considering ...

  5. Good leader for HK wanted; opportunists need not apply

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Albert Cheng Former president Jiang Zemin surprisingly turned up for an event on Sunday to mark the centenary of the 1911 revolution, his first public appearance since intense speculation in July that he was terminally ill or had died. Many believe the ap ...

  6. A good week for...

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer The two Americans walked out of Tehran's Evin prison after a two-year ordeal. It all started when, along with their friend Sarah Shourd, they were detained in July 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border. They had maintained their ...

  7. Audit chief has to prove critics wrong

    Posted Jul 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... chief executive's stays in luxurious hotels during business trips, shows the commission is essential for good governance and accountability. But Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's ...

  8. New rules for leaders

    Posted Jun 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the people'. They said his exemption from anti-bribery laws was 'totally inappropriate'. Tsang set up the committee in March after he was involved in scandals over luxury travel provided by tycoon friends and a bargain deal to rent a flat in Shenzhen. Last week, an Audit Commission report said Tsang had no good reason for choosing the most expensive hotel rooms on his official ...

  9. Rule of law a necessity, not a luxury

    Posted Apr 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Elsie Leung Oi-sie wrote in this newspaper yesterday that allowing legal challenges to the government's position to take their natural course was, in the circumstances, a luxury the government could not afford. This is a disturbing explanation, especially as it comes from the government's top lawyer. The judicial system is not a luxury, to be used only when the government ...

  10. Public Eye

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... terms than her boss. Same thing here, with middle-class Hongkongers out-paying Li Ka-shing. Dare Tsang fix that? In your dreams. A luxury goods tax? If only... A luxury goods tax. What a splendid idea. Hit the rich where it hurts. A global accounting group says Hong Kong must widen its tax base and a 3 per cent tax on luxury goods would do just that. Taxing snooty tai-tais ...




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