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  1. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    No, it wouldn’t make any difference

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 10:39am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... It will take much longer elsewhere in the world, of course. The American Civil War turned the United States into the "United State" and this will not change anytime soon; more's the pity ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Why HK needs to be cautious about deposit guarantee

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:14pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it and at the first hint of bad times Norman would put it all in place again anyway. It bespeaks a dangerous misunderstanding of how financial markets work but what can one expect from a career civil servant ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - JAKE'S VIEW

    It's time for our civil servants to work on being happy- not miserable

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Time civil servants worked on being happy- not miserable Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang Kwok-wai said yesterday: "In the face of demographic challenges arising from an ageing population and a shrinking workforce, the government... considers it an opportune time to examine possible options for extending the working life of civil servants." ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Police can handle Occupy protest, so why the paranoia from Beijing?

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... an hour? Here we have a police force that has known since the mid-1990s that the People's Liberation Army garrison is unwilling to help maintain civil order. The force then established ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Dirty money alarmism just doesn't wash

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 11:52pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... In money laundering you're guilty here unless proven innocent, a huge breach of civil liberties but one that produces big numbers in money laundering cases. Most, of course, consist only ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Civil service is cosiest collective bargain

    Posted May 14th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Pay disparity with private sector holds back the economy and warrants more attention than the government-led finger-pointing at the dockers Civil ... Kong General Chamber of Commerce and conducted by human resources specialists Watson Wyatt Worldwide. It showed that on a like-for-like basis, civil servants were paid almost three times ...

  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hongkong Land's earnings

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:16am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... respects civil freedoms. The police will then move them out in order to prove to Beijing that this government does not entirely consist of a bunch of weaklings who should never have been given any ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong dances to the money laundering tune

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 12:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... No actual crime need be proven. Our colonial lawmakers wrote a fundamental premise of civil rights right out of the law books. That word "reasonable", since you asked, for all effective ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    'Experts' see the future as well as Madam Zodiac

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... understand how our government's civil servants might make the mistake. All of them are forced to retire at 60 and many of them seek to get away from their boredom even earlier. But it is wrong ...

  10. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Welfarism of corporate kind is the real problem

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to retired civil servants this fiscal year are budgeted at HK$25.5 billion, more than half of what our government will pay out in social welfare. This is actually still on the low side of the real ... this fat civil service pension scheme? jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com ...




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