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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    If you're middle class, the annual Policy Address ritual is not for you

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 12:43am by Alex Lo

    ... cent will be in public housing. So, if you are middle class or above, you may as well forget about getting a copy of the document. There is nothing in it for you: no tax cuts, tax incentives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1406416/if-youre-middle-class-annual-policy-address-ritual-not-you
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Piercing Tsang's 'middle class' delusion

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com So John Tsang Chun-wah lives a frugal lifestyle, drinks tea and watches French movies. Good for him, but that does not make him middle class. Maybe the finance secretary thinks being middle class is a state of mind. But as someone earning HK$302,205 a month and living in a luxury house (courtesy of taxpayers), excluding perks, benefits and a generous ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1167232/piercing-tsangs-middle-class-delusion
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's propertied class found favour with the government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com How the propertied class found favour It's rare to find lawmakers Alan Leong Ka-kit and Abraham Razack on the same side of the fence. But the arch ... to all taxpayers; and only 3.9 per cent to low-income groups and 7.6 per cent to disadvantaged groups. How Tung and Tsang favoured the propertied class was just obscene. Leung Chun-ying has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551472/how-hong-kongs-propertied-class-found-favour-government
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    What's the fuss about Jimmy Lai giving out political donations to Hong Kong pan-democrats?

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:16am by Alex Lo

    ... an e-mail exchange! If I were Lai, I would be handing out donation cheques on a soapbox in the middle of Victoria Park next time. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557306/whats-fuss-about-jimmy-lai-giving-out-political-donations
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong government should redirect ESF subsidy to 'ethnic-minority' schools

    Posted May 28th 2014, 04:28am by Alex Lo

    ... "local" schools, making them world-class, cutting-edge institutions? And if it works, expand the model to more local schools. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1520124/hong-kong-government-should-redirect-esf-subsidy-ethnic
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China needs to deal with its own backyard rather than taking on Middle Eastern complexities

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 03:44am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Shouldn't we tackle our own backyard? Foreign minister Wang Yi is off to the Middle East to try to bring a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian ... the Middle Eastern countries, China's neighbours all want greater bilateral trade with it. But security and territorial disputes are tilting them towards the US. Wang should see for himself ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1385362/china-needs-deal-its-own-backyard-rather-taking-middle
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's government subsidises those who need it least

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Subsidies for those who need them least We hate the poor and favour the rich and well-off. The way our government has favoured our tycoons and helped them to unimagined fortunes is well-known. Far lesser-known is how much we have directly subsidised the middle and upper-middle classes since 2004, mostly through property-related concessions. That's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458027/how-hong-kongs-government-subsidises-those-who-need-it-least
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    More respect all round would help Cathay Pacific's harassed attendants

    Posted May 06th 2014, 04:07am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Harassed by the Cathay class system Does wearing sexy clothes make women a more enticing target of sex pests? Cathay Pacific's Flight Attendants Union seems ... "class" system for passengers and its differential quality of service for first, business, premium economy and economy "cattle" classes. Now, I am not disputing Choi's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1505318/more-respect-all-round-would-help-cathay-pacifics-harassed
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Urbanisation will drive democracy

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by Alex Lo

    ... years ago. Property rights, rule of law and rise of the bourgeois middle class- the basis of Western democracy- became reality for the majority as part of a vast historical process of which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1461246/urbanisation-will-drive-democracy
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Toronto's shame is Mayor Rob Ford, but he's all part of real democracy

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 04:21am by Alex Lo

    ... the continuing support of his constituents, who are mostly working class. But his political platform and boorish behaviour are all of a piece. He rose to power by raging against "the elite establishment". He called them "fancy people". He was the outsider and working-class lad who made good. Instead of joining the elite with bowtie and tuxedo, he doubled down on his street ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1463360/torontos-shame-mayor-rob-ford-hes-all-part-real-democracy

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