Advertising abyss

The pan-democrats may be digging a hole for themselves by demanding that the government allow political advertising.

Saturday, 16 October, 2010, 12:00am

Contradiction the key to India's democracy

Though riddled by undemocratic forces and frequently predicted to be on the verge of extinction, the world's largest democratic exercise is under way, defying expectations while posing the question: why does Indian democracy survive?

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Left out in the cold

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen should introduce a new code of practice on public consultations to bring about a change of mindset among his officials, if he is to live up to his election promise of formulating policies through a bottom-up approach.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Filipinos denied true democracy

The crux of democracy is allowing people the right to govern themselves. Filipinos have completed part of this process, voting on Monday for representatives in mid-term elections, but the country's political system is so flawed that this is in essence where the democratic act for its citizens begins and ends.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am

Property owners plant seeds of democracy

Residents powerless in rows with developers have been organising representative bodies

For nearly a year, residents of Xinghe Garden in Tianjin's Hedong district have been locked in a battle with the estate's developer over facilities that were supposed to be installed three years ago.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Democracy website to get its 49th relaunch

A co-founder of the Democracy and Freedom discussion forum said yesterday he was prepared to relaunch the mainland-based website after central authorities shut it down for the 48th time on Sunday.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

The democracy demon

Both the literal and the metaphorical dust has settled following the march by a few thousand diehard democrats and rent-a-mob protesters on July 1. The event itself was a non-event: it was attended by less than 0.5 per cent of the city's residents.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Electoral reform will be slow, says top policy adviser

People should expect future policy to concentrate on the economy rather than constitutional reform, says the leading adviser to the government.

Lau Siu-kai, head of the Central Policy Unit, also said the latest government assessment showed that the public's highest priority was stability, not a political reform plan that would harm their economic interests.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Spread of democracy

Every country may deserve democracy, but should it always be a priority or should the pace of its introduction depend on progress on economic and other fronts? What do you think? Share your views: write to us.

8 Sep 2003 - 12:00am