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  1. Wealth divide has roots in land policy

    Posted Nov 08th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Few things are more absurd than government comments on the property market. Most of the time, officials claim they do not interfere with it, that prices find their own ... huge numbers - not just the cage dwellers - paying through the nose for abysmal housing. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697687/wealth-divide-has-roots-land-policy
  2. Age of unreason

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring The selfishness of the upper echelons of the civil service, from which come the chief executive, the financial secretary and other apparatchiks, never ceases to amaze. ... the ladder, doing a brief stint at a senior post then retiring on a suitably fattened pension. Senior Government Officers Association vice-chairman Philip Kwok Chi-tak admitted as much. 'Having ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/691953/age-unreason
  3. United affronts

    Posted Aug 13th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Once upon a time the idea of united front tactics was to use non-communist progressive forces to strengthen the communist-led assault on feudalism, landlordism, organised ... resolution and wealth of experience in public service you have rightly earned your place as chief executive.' Long Live the United Feudal Front. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/689602/united-affronts
  4. Budget solutions

    Posted Feb 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Hong Kong's reserves should be used to stimulate the economy now, without risking future fiscal health, writes Philip Bowring It is difficult to make sense of the stream of leaked ... of competence. Compulsory saving is essential - but so are competition and low costs. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668718/budget-solutions
  5. Tsang should spare us his concrete suggestions

    Posted Oct 08th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring 'Penny wise, pound foolish' is as charitable a description as could be put on the spending habits of the concrete-headed Tsang government. But there seems limited ... has presided - Cyberport, Disneyland, the West Kowloon Cultural District and the Science Park. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/655367/tsang-should-spare-us-his-concrete-suggestions
  6. A feeding frenzy at the political trough

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring There seems to be no limit to the self-aggrandising, and enrichment, of senior bureaucrats in Hong Kong. That is ever more alarming as increasing numbers morph ... is an equitable way of reducing quango power by distributing excess savings to the community. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/622295/feeding-frenzy-political-trough
  7. A Korean model

    Posted Dec 24th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... President-elect Lee Myung-bak could teach Hong Kong a lot about creating a liveable city, writes Philip Bowring Some leaders can change their mindsets to suit the times and public demand. ... by inviting president-elect Lee to Hong Kong for a lecture on urban governance in the democratic age. But would Mr Tsang listen? Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/620689/korean-model
  8. The politics of yes-men

    Posted Nov 10th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring With his overflowing head of white hair and a liking for expressing his views in public, Joseph Yam Chi-kwong is atypical of Hong Kong's civil servants. There has been ... Tsang's thirst for personal power, and his need for a praetorian guard of yes-men, rather more than it suits Hong Kong as a financial centre. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615080/politics-yes-men
  9. Bureaucrats need a good shaking

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Philip Bowring It is encouraging that Leung Chun-ying has an agenda for action after years of stasis under Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Land, environment and welfare issues appear high on his ... Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000263/bureaucrats-need-good-shaking
  10. A declaration of self-importance

    Posted Oct 13th 2005, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring It was not a politician needing to be elected who read his policy speech to the Legislative Council yesterday. It was a bureaucratic apparatchik sure of himself and his ... Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/520182/declaration-self-importance

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