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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    It's time to set idealistic pieties aside over Hong Kong's universal suffrage

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:50am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com It's time to set idealistic pieties aside A survey finds 54 per cent of Hong Kong people want "one person, one vote" even if the candidate ... for long. Not necessarily. Good enough democracy is good enough for most people in Hong Kong. "One person, one vote" will help bolster our governance and attractiveness. The key is that we ...

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    Support for Occupy Central should not trouble head of University of Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:08am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Occupying the thoughts of HKU head Since when does supporting Occupy Central become a criterion for being a good head of a Hong Kong university? Professor Peter Mathieson, the new vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, has been asked time and again by students and reporters about his stances on various political hot potatoes such as the civil ...

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    De Tocqueville's study of democracy has lessons for Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 27th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... the fight for universal suffrage will still be important, but less urgent; building trust with Beijing is more important. But if you, like the pan-democrats, believe our government - and Hong Kong ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com De Tocqueville's lessons for Hong Kong Mainland officials, according to a recent report, have been instructed to study Alexis de Tocqueville's The Old ...

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    'Occupy' genie is out of the bottle

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... of Hong Kong law academic Benny Tai Yiu-ting. The original plan was to have only a limited number of protesters in Central next year to press the government for a democratic reform blueprint ... have urged pan-democrats to consider Hong Kong's international image and whether their plans would obstruct economic activities. They needn't bother. Once Tai let the genie out ...

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    Qiao Xiaoyang conjures a democracy of exclusion

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... being patriotic (loving Hong Kong and loving China) as a requirement, which has sparked great controversy. But that's just semantics. It's the control of the majority of votes ... be considered legitimate or sustainable. That would only worsen social tensions in Hong Kong, its governability and the difficult relationship between the city and the mainland. The Hong Kong people ...

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    Pan-dem elders offer a slither of hope

    Posted Jan 08th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... could accept implementing the anti-subversion Article 23 if there was universal suffrage. Of course, the two are key goals to be achieved under the Basic Law, which says it is Hong Kong's duty to legislate Article 23 just as it says its ultimate aim is to introduce universal suffrage. One of the many great pan-dem myths is that Beijing is always pressuring Hong Kong to implement ...

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    Hysteria will not hasten democracy

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Hysteria will not hasten democracy So a Beijing-friendly figure had an off-the-record lunch with a bunch of hacks from Hong Kong in which he or she mentioned ... the pan-dems demanding one person, one vote in a direct election. Those are their opposite but maximum demands. That's why they are poles apart, perhaps even irreconcilable. For Hong Kong to have ...

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    Spat demeans academic and minister

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... conversion of Hong Kong's body politic. Dr Chan and his university deputies should consider running for the Legislative Council. They will feel very much at home there, given their tactics ... a Chinese medicine hospital. Does Hong Kong really need such a hospital? We may or may not, but Dr Chan doesn't bother to explain this to us. It hardly needs to be pointed out that just because ...

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    Martin Lee falls foul of the pan-democrat ideologues

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... alex.lo@scmp.com Martin Lee falls foul of the ideologues So, it has come down to this. Even the godfather of Hong Kong's democracy movement has to bow to the most ideologically rigid, uncompromising and extreme of the pan-democrats. It's a sad day for Hong Kong when an honourable man can't even speak his mind without being cowered into giving a retraction and an abject ...

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    Whitehall and colonial government never wanted full democracy for Hong Kong

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

    ... of universal suffrage led irrevocably to demands for self government," he wrote then. "Such a development in Hong Kong was known to be unacceptable to Beijing." Indeed, Liu quoted Walden ... 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 ...




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