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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    One-dimensional thinking afflicts Hong Kong's budget

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

    ... Chun-wah's budget yesterday. However, expenditure items such as public health care and education are treated like they are liabilities. Perhaps as accounting items. But what if it's the other 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1435882/one-dimensional-thinking-afflicts-hong-kongs-budget
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    When the Hong Kong government becomes the problem

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:46am by Alex Lo

    ... surely one of our most successful economic anchors, was created in response to the Hong Kong currency crisis of 1983. We inherited our public housing, education and health care systems and our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1581903/when-hong-kong-government-becomes-problem
  3. 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

    ... or tax-deductibles in health care or education. Nothing, zero! Well, if you have very young children, you get an extra HK$2,500 a year in pre-school or kindergarten vouchers. But if they are older, well, you ... puts on a poverty relief programme, you can be sure a truly effective scheme would cost a lot more. On a positive note, the first highlight- I am not making this up- in the address' health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1406416/if-youre-middle-class-annual-policy-address-ritual-not-you
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    Baby formula plea to US is infantile

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... to have our low-crime rate, de facto universal health care, mass transport systems that run on time, good roads, and other cheap and efficient public services. The formula shortage is a short-term ... to file silly and time-wasting appeals. "Local parents in Hong Kong can hardly buy baby formula milk powder in drugstores and supermarkets, as smugglers from mainland China storm to this tiny ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1140511/baby-formula-plea-us-infantile
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    'Lexusgate Leung' has had his chance at political office

    Posted May 10th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... reductions that contributed to deepening the deflation and prolonging the recession. The duo undermined the public social service sector- in health care, education and social welfare- with dire ... this vice with the so-called new public management philosophy that Tung and Co. inherited from the Brits, and you have the government-as-business model on steroids. Healthcare, education and welfare ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1508653/lexusgate-leung-has-had-his-chance-political-office
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    It's too early to care about whether Antony Leung runs for chief executive

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 04:18am by Alex Lo

    ... warnings. He responded by cutting civil servants' salaries, justified for the upper echelon but affecting mostly those in lower levels, and reducing social expenditure, from health care ... Ka-shing's Husky Energy, Hutchison Port Holdings, Agricultural Bank of China, Aluminum Corporation of China, China Mobile and the MTR. Given his influence and connections, he is a man who knows ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1382819/its-too-early-care-about-whether-antony-leung-runs-chief
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    Beijing shifts from indulgence to hard line on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Beijing's indulgence shifts to hard line Among foreign diplomats and China specialists, there is a virtual consensus that so long as President Xi Jinping ... of Fortune 500 companies from the US and their counterparts from Europe. He has antagonised many of China's neighbours in the South and East China seas and is challenging US naval dominance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1597591/beijing-shifts-indulgence-hard-line-hong-kong
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    China's Alibaba is what Western capitalists dream of

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... and searches, if they were lucky enough to be allowed in. How is that for the rise of China or rather the rise of China as a consumer society? But why the mystique of Alibaba, which is just kind of like ... But at a historical-cultural level, Alibaba embodies the Western capitalist's age-old wet dream. For more than two centuries, the West has recognised China's market potential. That recognition has coloured ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1588950/chinas-alibaba-what-western-capitalists-dream
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    Hong Kong's restaurants need the Gordon Ramsay treatment

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:40am by Alex Lo

    ... or S-word. Actually, it's a bit off-putting the way his aggressive posturing often reduces many a hapless restaurateur and chef to tears and utter public humiliation. But that is apparently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1596329/hong-kongs-restaurants-need-gordon-ramsay-treatment
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How would Adam Smith and David Hume have voted in Scottish referendum?

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:37am by Alex Lo

    ... "Public liberty, with internal peace and order, has flourished almost without interruption," Hume wrote in Essays, Moral, Political and Literary. "Trade and manufactures, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1595565/how-would-adam-smith-and-david-hume-have-voted-scottish

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