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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Public opinion hijacked in CY Leung's electoral reform report

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 02:39pm by Michael C. Davis

    ... of a non-democratic model for the chief executive election. Long-expressed establishment-camp positions are given the veneer of public support. With considerable cheek, the government has ticked the boxes in favour of nearly all establishment-camp positions. First, we are told the "mainstream opinion" is that the power to nominate chief executive candidates is vested in the nominating ...

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    The echo chamber that is public opinion

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE The echo chamber that is public opinion "They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy ... very much." When enough people form the same or similar opinions on a subject, it becomes public opinion, a standard or convention of thoughts around which other citizens plead agreement ...

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    How opinion polls could break the 2017 chief executive election impasse

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 01:59pm by SONNY LO

    ... Sonny Lo Sonny Lo offers a way for public to have a say in electing chief executive How opinion polls could break 2017 election deadlock As Hong Kong struggles to come up with a suitable method for electing the chief executive in 2017, one solution may be to use public opinion polls as a constitutional convention or requirement to accompany any "mainstream" model. Given ...

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    The tyranny of public opinion

    Posted Nov 24th 2013, 05:01am by Regina Ip

    ... The tyranny of public opinion The recent controversial decision on TV licensing triggered a fresh round of questioning on the extent to which the government takes account of public opinion before reaching its decisions. A Chinese University student publicly slammed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for ignoring public opinion. Executive Council convener Lam Woon-kwong expressed misgivings ...

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    Legislators should care less about their stomach, more about public opinion

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... about their stomach, more about public opinion It's often said that Chinese culinary culture involves eating just about any creature from the ocean to the sky. But as we all know, not all ... as the shameful inclusion of foie gras as a dining choice. This exposes how insensitive they are to public sentiment and world trends. This mistake- worse than the recent debacle in which some lawmakers ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Public opinion turns on anti-government protesters

    Posted Aug 16th 2013, 12:00am by Lau Nai-Keung

    ... Lau Nai-Keung Lau Nai-keung says officials should ride the tide to lay down parameters Public opinion turns on anti-government protesters The dissidents made a big mistake by staging ... a watershed in public opinion, as the majority has broken the spell of the infamous "spiral of silence". Many in this group have in the past been afraid to speak their mind for fear of being ...

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    Hospital Authority's secretive handling of medical misconduct damages trust in public health care

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 05:33pm by Neville Sarony

    ... Neville Sarony Neville Sarony says the Hospital Authority's practice of keeping medical misconduct out of public view creates unnecessary doubts about the professional standards of our public doctors Adverse reaction The failure of the Hospital Authority to refer a single case of potential misconduct to the Medical Council for investigation in the past two years ...

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    America losing the public opinion war in Asia

    Posted May 10th 2013, 12:00am by Lau Nai-Keung

    ... and an apology. She made some very good points. To start with, what a Hong Kong NGO said is none of the US State Department's business. Surely vilifying the opinion of one NGO in an official report for worldwide consumption constitutes a blatant violation of the freedom of opinion and expression, under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, not to mention the first amendment ...

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    Is it too much to expect civil servants to serve the public interest?

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 03:25pm by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Stephen Vines says trust in government is being gradually eroded Is it too much to expect civil servants to put the public first? In some rather perverse way, we should ... a matter of civil servants obeying the law but of whether they conduct themselves in a manner likely to enhance or detract from public trust in government. Lam bought a large plot of land in Yuen ...

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    In the absence of universal suffrage, public consultations play a vital role

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The eventual release of about 500 submissions to the Post revealed that contrary to official insistence that the subject had widespread support, public opinion was divided. This is an issue in its own ... in keeping officials in touch with public opinion. They date back to colonial times, when the government consulted hand-picked advisers. These days they at least embrace different opinions ...




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