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  1. Form or substance?

    Posted Nov 25th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... The economic crisis could reshape Hong Kong's priorities on its road to democracy, writes Michael Chugani If you are a democracy sceptic, this is a line you will have heard countless times: yes, democracy is a terrible way to govern but everything else is far worse. Count on hearing it many more times as Hong Kong sharpens its focus on what kind of democracy best fits us now ...

  2. Champion of democracy who switched sides

    Posted Oct 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Eva Wu Lau Kong-wah is among the few Beijing-friendly figures with previous affiliations with the pro-democracy camp. The 51-year-old founding member of the pro-democracy political party United Democrats of Hong Kong was once a party colleague of veteran Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming. Established in April 1990, the United Democrats of Hong Kong was founded by Szeto Wah, chairman ...

  3. Political merger seen as hastening democracy

    Posted Oct 20th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... in post-handover Hong Kong - taking a more radical position than the Democratic Party. Ms Lau said the merger would not represent a mellowing of her stance. 'Nobody should dream that I will shut ... believing the party she is about to join would not budge on its commitment to democracy, Ms Lau, who is convenor of The Frontier, said she would not remain silent if she saw conservatives among ...

  4. Commerce chief choice another opportunity lost

    Posted Jul 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for a few who have right of abode elsewhere, a lack of commitment to Hong Kong. His low approval rating may have deterred talented people from joining his administration. They may feel ... was overlooked. His elevation should have been natural. He is an accomplished lawyer and a former vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. If Mr Tsang truly ...

  5. Recession will rekindle democracy issue

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by David Zweig

    ... David Zweig Since the recent Legislative Council election is now history, we should look to the future to see whether the road for Hong Kong's democratic process looks smooth or rocky. There are many problems on the horizon. They arise largely due to the broad support for democratisation expressed by the people of Hong Kong and the unsure attitude towards that process ...

  6. What's done is done- let's lay the 'Fest fiasco to rest

    Posted Jul 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the administration of former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa entered into their partnership in good faith. The government would put up the money for a series of world-class concerts to signal Hong Kong ...

  7. HK needs to further develop political class

    Posted Jun 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... system and the appointees are here to stay. The real question, then, is about where the system is taking Hong Kong and whether it accords with the city's democratic aspirations. All ... be chosen to fill senior government posts. Hong Kong, however, does not have a political class of comparable history or quality. The government has to pick from different sectors in a hunt ...

  8. Why Hong Kong needs a system based on one man, one vote

    Posted Apr 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that countries get the government they deserve. Mr Woo claims that under a one man, one vote system in Hong Kong, bribery and corruption may occur, a development which he seems to think is alien to Chinese society. He also expressed concern that big businesses could get a strong grip on an elected government, as if that could not happen in Hong Kong now. The easiest way for Mr Woo to find ...

  9. HK's 'grandfather of democracy' dies at 87

    Posted Jun 26th 2008, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... advocate of democracy, leading a seven-member delegation to London in May 1984 to lobby for an elected government in Hong Kong before the resumption of Chinese sovereignty in Hong Kong. 'If we described Martin Lee as the 'father of democracy' in Hong Kong, Dr Ding should be remembered as the 'grandfather of democracy',' Mr Ho said. Dr Ding, who emigrated to San ...

  10. Question of the week: Do you support universal suffrage for Hong Kong?

    Posted Jan 31st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or social status. I support universal suffrage for Hong Kong. Everyone has the right to vote and voice their opinions in public. Everyone is equal. No matter who you are, if you are living in Hong Kong, you are part of Hong Kong society. So why can't we choose our own leader? Once there is universal suffrage, we can choose the chief executive and Legco members. The government ...




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