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  1. Achieving little between meddling and neglect

    Posted Apr 10th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The Hong Kong government's desperate attempts to make an impression on the rest of the world occasionally succeed, and now the economic crisis has produced ... But the reality is that what we have is a barmy combination of excess and paucity. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  2. The usual suspects

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... The government's pool of external advisers and committee members looks incestuously small, writes Stephen Vines If the formation of high-powered advisory committees were the solution ... describes as a taskforce to formulate a plan for tackling the current financial crisis. Among the 10 non-government members is Stephen Roach, of the newly part-nationalised investment bank Morgan ...

  3. Fear of upsetting Beijing overrides milk concerns

    Posted Oct 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Anyone who believes there is no price to be paid for the sycophancy that breeds timidity needs to think again in the wake of yet another Chinese food contamination scandal. ... and controlled appearances will not make the milk crisis go away, but will add to the bitterness left in its wake. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  4. Tsang caned by system he so earnestly supports

    Posted Jul 11th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines It cannot be pleasant for an adult to be treated like a slightly errant schoolboy, and it is even more demeaning for a rather important adult albeit one whose importance ... than ordinary citizens. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  5. Slip-sliding away

    Posted Aug 29th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Donald Tsang's popularity has declined as public confidence in the central government is on the rise, writes Stephen Vines Is Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen becoming the new ... if the government gave the smallest impression of showing itself modest enough to acknowledge that it does not possess all the answers. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  6. A leader who cannot learn from his mistakes

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines What does it take for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to admit that he was wrong? Or maybe, more tellingly, what does it take for him to learn the lessons of an easily ... that the fallout would hit them in the coming Legislative Council election. Even so, Mr Tsang thought he could still remain quiet and despatch one of his least popular ministers, Stephen Lam Sui-lung, ...

  7. Keep it in the family: the fast track to leadership

    Posted Feb 01st 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Bernard Chan, one of the newly 'elected' members of the National People's Congress, has a beef. He says no one suggests that nepotism had anything to do ... Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  8. We'll consult Beijing if court cases threaten election: Stephen Lam

    Posted Mar 15th 2005, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Hong Kong government will seek Beijing's help if legal challenges to the chief executive election look like preventing it being held on July 10, the constitutional affairs secretary said yesterday, adding that state leaders would not allow Hong Kong to plunge into anarchy. Speaking during an RTHK phone-in programme, Stephen Lam Sui-lung urged the courts ...

  9. Young people being misled by power-hungry pan-democrats

    Posted Apr 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... violence. People need peace, and a decent living. I do not blame the young people. I blame those new leaders, who once declared openly that they wanted every child to learn about democracy by the age of seven. They are misleading youngsters. Let our young people think things out for themselves, and not be misled by loud demonstrations before they know all the political background. ...

  10. Underground world of wealth and impunity revealed

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines Decent people know they have to clear up their own mess. They also know that only the lowest of the low will blame members of their own family for messes for which ... of birth. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...




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