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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 ...

  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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

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    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 ...

  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 ...

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    One-dimensional thinking afflicts Hong Kong's budget

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by Alex Lo

    ... way round? Well, let's stop using meaningless words like world-class. But suppose our systems of public health care and education are of such a high quality and compare favourably ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Bravery of priests in Central African Republic restores your faith in religion

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 03:59am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Bravery that restores faith in religion A stand-off in the middle of Africa should now test the conscience of the world. We all know some of the worst killings and massacres were perpetrated in the name of God. So is this story. But this is also a story about the example of Father Justin Nary and his fellow Catholic brothers, in Carnot, the Central African ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Burden of history weighs on all of us- just take a look at Japan and China

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 03:54am by Alex Lo

    ... that their countries carry with them. In doing so, they are making it worse. They just show we are as much the playthings of history as those war-torn peoples in the Balkans and the Middle East we pity. We ...

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    Expat kids in Kumon tutorials a sign their parents learning from Chinese

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

    ... on. It's all about speed and accuracy rather than understanding. Recently, I find more and more expatriate pupils from international schools joining my kids' Kumon classes ...




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