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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Are some Hong Kong pan-democrats stepping away from the brink?

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 05:06am by Alex Lo

    ... the economy of Hong Kong," Tai was quoted as saying. "Even though I cannot mention the date, but if you look at the calendar, you would know which date would cause the minimal damage to Hong ... Hong Kong people may be adopting this particular foreign influence. No less a pan-democrat than Benny Tai Yiu-ting, the co-founder of Occupy Central, has made that assessment and appears ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1584020/are-some-hong-kong-pan-democrats-stepping-away-brink
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    How Hong Kong's attitude to poor mirrors the American right

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 05:28am by Alex Lo

    ... the political reform framework handed down by Beijing: "[The business elites] control the destiny of the economy of Hong Kong. If we ignore their interest, Hong Kong capitalism will stop." The elites in Hong Kong and the US are worried about entitlement programmes going amok. It's really the same message whether it's failed US presidential candidate Mitt Romney who said 47 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1626211/how-hong-kongs-attitude-poor-mirrors-american-right
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    Let's hear pan-democrats on poverty

    Posted Nov 16th 2013, 03:52am by Alex Lo

    ... shocking. Hong Kong's social expenditure in 2001 was at the same level as the average of OECD members in 1960. However, since the early 1960s, the OECD average has doubled to 22 per cent of GDP. Most Hong Kong people would consider contemporary OECD spending excessive welfarism. But at 1960s or even 1970s levels, surely that can't be justified for an advanced economy like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1357331/lets-hear-pan-democrats-poverty
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    Whitehall and colonial government never wanted full democracy for Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 05:32am by Alex Lo

    ... [Colonial] officials were convinced the introduction of democratic politics into Hong Kong would be the quickest and surest way to ruin Hong Kong's economy and create social and political ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com UK never wanted full democracy for HK Would the British have introduced full democracy in Hong Kong from the 1950s onward if communist China had not vehemently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1628543/whitehall-and-colonial-government-never-wanted-full
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    Jumping up and down about poverty

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... that of the extreme-starvation, under-US$2-a-day kind, Hong Kong eliminated that way back in the 1960s. This was the clarion call of economist Jeffery Sachs to end global extreme poverty. He did not mean the type of poverty prevalent in developed economies like Hong Kong, which is structural and much more complicated. At least give credit to Leung for acknowledging poverty as a major source of social malaise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1320866/jumping-and-down-about-poverty
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    Beijing shifts from indulgence to hard line on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by Alex Lo

    ... remains in office, Beijing will take a hard line towards Hong Kong. But how hardline is hardline? Xi has, domestically, gone after "flies and tigers" as well as taken on scores ... Kwok-cheung observed that if the self-immolation of Tibetan monks wouldn't move Beijing, what makes Hong Kong pro-democracy activists think it would bat an eyelid if they skip classes for a few ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1597591/beijing-shifts-indulgence-hard-line-hong-kong
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    Is Hong Kong becoming a protectionist society?

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Are we becoming a protectionist society? We like to think of our economy as open and free, but you may wonder if we are actually protectionist at heart. The annual Global Competitiveness Index this month ranked Hong Kong in seventh place, the same as last year, but scored us on the low side for education and innovation. It looks OK on the surface, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1589647/hong-kong-becoming-protectionist-society
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    It's Chris Patten against David Cameron on Hong Kong, not Tung Chee-hwa

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 04:28am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com It's Patten against Cameron, not Tung This week, the last governor of Hong Kong and the first chief executive of the SAR both spoke on Beijing's proposed ... Hong Kong, and he says as much. "My comments are not directed principally to Beijing or Hong Kong," he wrote in the Financial Times. "What a former governor can more legitimately ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1585313/its-chris-patten-against-david-cameron-hong-kong-not-tung
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    Mainland Chinese aren't the only ones peeing on streets of Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 04:03am by Alex Lo

    ... have flooded into Hong Kong, overwhelmed our facilities and distorted our economy. A strong case can be, and has been, made to control the number of visitors. That is a valid concern. But try ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com All sorts answer call of nature in public If you only get your news stories from local social media, you may think Hong Kong is about to be flooded in mainland ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1498657/all-sorts-not-just-chinese-mainlanders-answer-call-nature
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    Hong Kong protesters should take heed of the 1968 French revolt

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 05:06am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Take heed of the 1968 French revolt Some Hong Kong protesters, perhaps students of French, held up a banner of one of the most famous slogans from the May 1968 ... roughly one month. It was often referred to as the revolution that never was. Like Hong Kong, it too demanded participatory democracy for the grassroots. And for a short period, the Fifth Republic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1611659/hong-kong-protesters-should-take-heed-1968-french-revolt

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