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  1. Fool's pride

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching The Basic Law stipulates that the Hong Kong government shall 'on its own, formulate policies on the development and improvement of education'. Yet the idea ... As G.K. Chesterton said, it is equivalent to saying, 'my mother, drunk or sober'. Such pride is meaningless and in fact dangerous. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer ...

  2. A global face

    Posted Apr 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching After Leung Chun-ying was elected chief executive on March 25, it was widely remarked that he was suffering from 'three lows': low popularity, low support and low ... and not be in the news only when the city is afflicted by bird flu, an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome or the Asian financial crisis. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer and commentator. ...

  3. Cold waters

    Posted Mar 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying is in a distinctly difficult position after his hard-fought election- one that no chief executive has faced before. Both Tung Chee-hwa ... of which he and Hong Kong can be proud. Leung is starting from a low level of popular support. There is plenty of room for him to move up. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer and commentator. ...

  4. No favourites

    Posted Feb 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching Hong Kong's first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, was handpicked by the central government. And when Donald Tsang Yam-kuen succeeded him in 2005, that was again the case. ... and to the Election Committee that the popular will must be respected. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer and commentator. frank.ching@scmp.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FrankChing1 ...

  5. Stop penalising employers of foreign maids

    Posted Jul 24th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Almost four years ago, the government cut the minimum wage of foreign domestic helpers by HK$400 a month and, at the same time, imposed a HK$400 a month levy ... The HK$400 levy on their employers should be scrapped. There is no reason why they should still be penalised. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer and commentator frank.ching@scmp.com ...

  6. Democracy with Chinese characteristics?

    Posted Jun 12th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The remarks by chairman of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo to the effect that the extent of Hong Kong's autonomy is decided by Beijing underline a reality ... of the world, but 'democracy with Chinese characteristics'. However, universal suffrage is itself a western concept and, unfortunately, there is no Chinese model for Hong Kong to copy. Frank ...

  7. Progress, with provisos

    Posted Apr 27th 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The decision to deny Hong Kong the right to choose its chief executive and the entire legislature through universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008 marks another step in the erosion ... that the central government has now set a precedent and shown that, whatever Hong Kong proposes, it is in a position to veto the idea. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  8. A peculiar way to treat parties

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The controversy over the legal requirement for political parties to disclose members' names underlines the silliness of registering such parties as if they were companies, ... choose politics as a career. But that is unlikely to happen if the government continues to refuse to legitimise the status of political parties in Hong Kong. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based ...

  9. Basic flaw

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching The turnout for the July 1 march, the biggest in seven years, confirmed opinion polls that show the Hong Kong public is deeply unhappy, a fact reflected in low support ratings ... here. It lies in Beijing- and so does the solution. Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based writer and commentator. frank.ching@scmp.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FrankChing1 ...

  10. Anson Chan calls for more openness

    Posted May 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... changes in policies, undermining its authority. Chan said she hoped Lam, now secretary for development, would analyse the merits and pitfalls of policy proposals for Leung in a frank manner should ...




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