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Democracy in Hong Kong

Pan-democrats fear party screening after Shenzhen meeting

Defeated pan-democratic chief-executive candidate Albert Ho Chun-yan, along with the pro-democracy camp, slammed Beijing for "screening out" from ruling the city those whom they consider as "confronting the central government".

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 9:01am 1 comment

Pan-democrats demands for reform must be guided by reason

Upset by the government's reluctance to make an early start on constitutional reform, pan-democrat lawmakers have stepped up the campaign with an alliance pushing for genuine universal suffrage. The next challenge for them is to come up with a clear proposal - one that stands a good chance of winning support in Beijing and Hong Kong.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am 2 comments

Alliance a recipe for democratic impasse

The pan-democrats put on a show of unity last week by forming the Alliance for True Democracy to fight for "genuine" universal suffrage. But despite all that hand-holding for the photo op, there is no unity in this camp. Just their sheer number - 12 political groups - gives away the charade.

25 Mar 2013 - 9:01am 7 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 23, 2013

I refer to the letter from Clara Shek, of the Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong ("Baby milk marketing ban a blunt weapon that will hurt HK", March 16).

23 Mar 2013 - 2:57am

Our democracy offers flaws for thought

Is Hong Kong a flawed democracy? According to the 2012 Democracy Index, we are. The phrase is an oxymoron if ever there was one. But perhaps this is what democracy has to recommend itself: it is always flawed, but rarely catastrophically, unlike dictatorships and authoritarian regimes.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 12 comments

2017 election is part of China's march to modernity

I spent the first two weeks of March in Beijing, attending the National People's Congress session, alongside the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. This year was special, in that we saw election formalities for the new leadership. In other respects, it was similar to previous years.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Hong Kong upgraded to 'flawed democracy' on Economist index

The improvement was credited to an increase in the level of influence that the general electorate had over the outcome of last year’s Legislative Council elections. Voter turnout was also higher than in 2008, the report said.

21 Mar 2013 - 12:48am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 18, 2013

After studying how the topic has been discussed over the last 20 plus years, I realise that, like what the experts say about grief over a lost loved one, there are five stages Hongkongers have experienced in their thinking on universal suffrage, although some have occurred simultaneously and not necessarily always in the following order.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 7 comments

Compromise by CY Leung could avert Occupy Central threat

The proposed Occupy Central demonstration is over a year away and many things are scheduled to happen before it kicks off. But already it constitutes a clear and present danger both for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the pan-democrats, although the latter seem not to recognise the fact yet.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:40am

Hong Kong needs to start talking now about universal suffrage

With another four years to go before the city is due to choose its leader by one person, one vote, the government seems to think it is in no hurry to flesh out the 2017 electoral arrangements for public discussion. The question of how to move towards a democratically elected legislature by 2020 appears to be even more remote. 

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 6 comments