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  1. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Funding must be front and centre in debate on third runway

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 02:18pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... would fund the scheme. There is only one way to do things here. It is to fold a share of the cost of that runway into the airfare of every air traveller who uses our airport. Any investment ...

  2. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Retire these amateurish efforts at pension reform

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 02:33pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... It was the same for the choice of HK$3,000 a month, the age qualification and the funding proposals, just numbers and options picked out of thin air. If there was any discretionary analysis, it amounted ...

  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Please? If some things are more important than money then surely this is not true for the Hong Kong taxpayer alone. But we can set a price on the convenience to the air traveller of having a third ... a third runway. But then tourists might not want to come here and our economy would lose out, you say. Really? If the air traveller thinks that flying from or to here is not worth the extra money, ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    If Yaks can fly, so can China's jumbo

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 12:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... strength and power." SCMP, June 7 Ever heard of the Yak-42? I flew on one once with Bhoja Air (be glad of your ignorance) from Lahore to Islamabad and my Pakistani colleague, seeing my ... of strength and power does not lie through building a large aeroplane. Mind you, more than just Soviet bosses have tried it that way. There was Harold Wilson in Britain with his "white heat ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Social responsibility should begin and end with the law

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 12:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... they are to adopt such enormous moral hubris? CSR is do-gooder hot air. Don't trouble yourself with it. jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com ...

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

    How John Tsang's 'cooling' measures turned up the heat on the poor

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 05:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp How 'cooling' measures turned up heat on the poor Unknown to most, proposed tax measures had quietly but steadily deflated the bubble that was threatening ... with these measures, however, is take the heat in the market out from under the rich and put it under the poor. It is my belief that prices for those small flats would never have risen quite so strongly after ...

  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Government power demand forecast much too high

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 12:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... usage is in absolute decline while economic growth still remains positive. What we are probably seeing here at last is efficiency gain. Our air conditioners, the big Hong Kong consideration, do ... Someone licked his thumb, stuck it in the air and said, "Let's call it 50, Joe." It makes the consultation a pointless exercise. Demand growth, taken either as overall or peak ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Wasteful subsidies miss the point on real innovation

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 12:53am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... else. It all adds up to cheaper and safer air travel. They have done more for you than Bill Gates ever did and all of it is innovation. Real technological advance these days comes from thousands ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Taxpayers should not pay for a third runway … but they will

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... provide clothing retailers with rent-free shops because we need clothes more than we do air transport? It has always amazed me that our bureaucrats so quickly fall in line with the wishes ... that the consequent rise in air fares will stop people from coming, very well, these people could not possibly bring our economy much benefit if so little extra is enough to deter them. We will have a very ...

  10. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong doesn't need Morlocks from the Delta to fix labour woes

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 03:51pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to find housing across the border and commute to work every day. It's the Singapore solution. Just close your eyes to their squalid living conditions. It has nothing to do with you if they do ...




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