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  1. Party democracy has proved to be a failure for Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but for the greater good of Hong Kong. The party system has proved to be a failure in this city. The situation will not improve under full democracy. The dominant party would become, in effect, ... Having listened to the debates on democratic reforms, I have found that the main point is being missed. No government can operate in Hong Kong unless there is a balance between rich ...

  2. Will Hong Kong ever have democracy?

    Posted Jul 05th 2007, 12:00am by Margaret Ng

    ... for 'no to democracy'. This makes it crystal clear that Hong Kong will never see democracy as long as China's own power system under the Communist Party remains unchanged and barring ... or whether it will happen at all. One thing, however, is certain. The longer this is delayed, the less likely it is for Hong Kong to lead the change. It is a matter of age and attitude of the Hong ...

  3. Village polls are a step forward for democracy

    Posted Jul 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As calls for Hong Kong to be given more democracy gather pace in the wake of the July 1 protest, a small but significant step in that direction was taken in the New Territories yesterday. ... residents was heartening and the interest shown bodes well for any future development of democracy in Hong Kong. It still remains to be seen quite how fair the voting system has been. ...

  4. No guarantee of rule of law and freedom without full democracy

    Posted Jul 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In his column ('Icing on the cake', July 21), Michael Chugani says: 'Hong Kong's problem is not that we desperately need democracy. We simply need the icing ... society than wait for the icing on Hong Kong's democracy cake, because that extra icing is what Hong Kong desperately needs in order to become a better place to live. Yes, we can settle ...

  5. Hong Kong offers a far better training ground

    Posted Nov 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... if not better- for training much closer to home. Hong Kong offers not just a well-trained civil service, but also transparency and accountability reinforced by a robust media under the rule of law guaranteeing personal freedoms and rights for all. The dispatch of mainland officials to Hong Kong for training would touch a sensitive nerve at this stage under 'one country, two systems'. ...

  6. What kind of democracy?

    Posted Jul 16th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In recent weeks, many people in Hong Kong have been calling for full democracy. What kind of democracy do we want? If the massive demonstration on July 1 is to have any positive effect on our future, legislators, constitutional experts and academics should start now to think of alternative forms of governing Hong Kong. Do we want direct democracy like Switzerland, ...

  7. Call for democracy in Myanmar is a bad case of double standards

    Posted Nov 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the mainland have no right to vote and Beijing, along with many in Hong Kong, does all it can to stop democracy here. Is this not hypocritical? Then in 'Quotes of the Week' (November 17), ... There are often items in the Hong Kong papers that one finds disappointing, frustrating, sad, or ironic, but three articles really caught my attention recently. The first was a story ...

  8. More democracy

    Posted Aug 24th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I agree with 'Political circuses' (August 22) that Hong Kong's parties do not offer candidates worth voting for. But surely this is an argument in favour of universal suffrage, not against it. There is a huge gap in the lineup. The Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong is a front for the ruling party in Beijing, with a constituency among the publicly ...

  9. Measured pace towards democracy

    Posted Jan 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's pace to full democracy does not need to be the dash that many local politicians wish, but neither should it be the marathon that the two mainland legal experts expect. Sprinters have a strong possibility of getting hamstrung, while distance runners often cramp and exhaust before the finish line. Hong Kong has raced ahead on the road to democracy much faster than ...

  10. Up to 60,000 poised for democracy march: poll

    Posted Jun 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of respondents said they were inclined to take part. The Chinese University poll, conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies this week, found 19.8 per cent of 771 respondents said ... of Hong Kong count finding more than 80,000 marchers took part. The institute did not conduct a survey for likely demonstrators in the July march last year, when organisers estimated 58,000 took ...




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