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  1. 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 ... and educational services for new urbanites, and better protection of farmers' property rights stemming from land they leave behind. To cope with the influx, the report, published jointly ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    US offers Anson Chan and Martin Lee a poor example of democracy

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 04:48am by Alex Lo

    ... in the corruption of free speech and the promotion of inequality by the rule of law. It's unclear what the two pan-democratic elders hoped to accomplish with the US visit. Perhaps the lawyer and ex-civil servant could learn something about how power, influence and favour in a democracy can be bought and sold under the law. In a deeply divided ruling by the top justices, a decades-old cap ...

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    Bubble trouble for the pan-dems in Legco property cooling vote

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:52am by Alex Lo

    ... the property market, in-your-face lawmakers "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats and Gary Fan Kwok-wai of the NeoDemocrats backed the government. However, 23 ... Chi-chuen abstained, rather than joining the rest of the pan-dem crew. The anti-property-bubble package is one of the few government initiatives that actually had widespread public support ...

  4. 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

    ... 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 ... HK$220 billion. Of the HK$220 billion, 28.7 per cent went to property owners and 23.5 per cent to taxpayers. Only 3.9 per cent was given to low-income groups and another 7.6 per cent ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

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

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

    ... core values. The university will help any student who happens to participate in or get into any trouble in Occupy Central, but always within the boundaries and respect of the law ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Colonial revisionism based on fantasy

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by Alex Lo

    ... or before the Patten years and had little real colonial experience. And while the rule of law and freedom of the press and of speech, which Patten also cited proudly, are admittedly long-standing ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Is outraging public decency OK in Hong Kong in the cyberage?

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 04:27am by Alex Lo

    ... the judgment. There seem to be statutes against those acts, but they are lesser offences than the common law one with which Chan was first charged. The common law offence of outraging public decency, the judges observe, is hundreds of years old, so it constrains them from extending physical or public space to cyberspace. Say what?! You would think given the age of the law written at a time when ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Democratic flaws built into Basic Law

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 03:56am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Democratic flaws built into Basic Law In the constitutional debate over universal suffrage, neither side is telling the public the whole truth. However, an opinion ... but constitutional restraints. The Basic Law is not just about "one country two systems", it also bounds us to the central authorities in myriad ways. The legislative process that needs to be set ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hongkongers should see the bigger picture on mainland Chinese visitors

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... against mainland visitors. Yeah, yeah, I know. I have heard all the arguments about how mainland visitors don't benefit the average Hongkonger, only those in property, retail and high-end services. They push up housing costs, pricing locals out of the property market. On the last point, you see something similar in London, New York, Singapore, Vancouver among other major world ...

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    Shinzo Abe's moves on Japan's pacifist constitution deserve greater attention

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 04:22am by Alex Lo

    ... seems to be much shorter than what the word usually means. Abe now wants to pass a law that would allow Japan to commit its troops offensively, either by themselves or in concert with allies. ... through a formal amendment. By trying to push for a new law, he is either circumventing or even subverting the constitutional process. Abe has countered that if the public don't like his ...




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