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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Our dirty politics are dragging down the quality of public discourse

    Posted Oct 11th 2014, 04:08am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Dirty politics dragging down discourse Hong Kong's protests may not have become more violent, but our politics are getting a lot dirtier. That may be expected ... pan-democratic lawmakers were caught in a political storm for failing to declare the donations. Among them was Labour Party legislator Lee Cheuk-yan who admitted to receiving HK$1.5 million. Lai said his ...

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    James Tien adds insult to injury over call for Leung Chun-ying to resign

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 05:43am by Alex Lo

    ... on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign. Instead, it was Tien who had to resign yesterday as Liberal Party leader after his membership of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference was rescinded. One of the city's most senior public figures has been stripped of two major political posts faster than you can say Occupy Central. Beijing's top advisory body had ...

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    Whitehall and colonial government never wanted full democracy for Hong Kong

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

    ... [Colonial] officials were convinced the introduction of democratic politics into Hong Kong would be the quickest and surest way to ruin Hong Kong's economy and create social and political ...

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    Time for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to hold a political reform summit

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 03:32am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Time to hold a political reform summit Both sides are now blaming each other for the chaos and mayhem over the weekend. Given the extraordinary and persistently ... summit along with the second public consultation. In full public view, representatives of all political parties and groups will be invited to work towards a realistic reform plan- in light ...

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    How Hong Kong's attitude to poor mirrors the American right

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 05:28am by Alex Lo

    ... bedfellows. What they are all afraid of is populist politics, the fear that the masses would tax the rich and give it to the poor. This can only spell economic disaster because the rich are the true ... the political reform framework handed down by Beijing: "[The business elites] control the destiny of the economy of Hong Kong. If we ignore their interest, Hong Kong capitalism will stop." ...

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    Occupy protesters must drop the self-righteousness

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

    ... "My impromptu visit to the site was just part of an innocent walk around Hong Kong." It's probably true that he knows nothing about Hong Kong politics, even less about our ... because they say they support Hong Kong democracy. Entertainers and celebrities are frequently drawn into controversies for supporting or not supporting this or that political cause that they may ...

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    Students are putting tired old-guard politicians to shame

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 05:36am by Alex Lo

    ... on television, stating their case with passion, reason and poise. Here we see the city's new political stars on the rise, and they just put to shame the old guard. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng ... is that the old pan-dems, despite their moniker, have no idea how to play populist politics. Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, much lauded for its ability ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Vetocracy gone mad, thanks to obstructive pan-democrats

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 04:37am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Vetocracy gone mad with pan-dems An American friend has recently taught me a new word, vetocracy, to describe the state of US politics. Well, how ironic! We have that in Hong Kong already even though we don't have full democracy. The term, my friend says, refers to how the two main political parties in the United States are so polarised along ideological ...

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    CY Leung shows how not to talk to the world's media

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:29am by Alex Lo

    ... couldn't be made up. You have probably heard his comment about how open elections would let the poor and grass roots of society dominate politics and create a welfare state. The sentiment ... to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month. "Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies." Leung must be under a lot of stress from ...

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    How the politicians have failed our young people

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 04:50am by Alex Lo

    ... of the "umbrella" movement and lead it forward. At the same time, our political leaders such as Leung Chun-ying and Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor might have helped defuse rising tensions if they had agreed ... are left to drag out the street occupation that has polarised the public and become the worst political crisis since the handover. Is it any wonder that they have lost patience and started fighting ...




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