When the radicals made their debut in the Legislative Council during Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's era, they made the then chief executive flinch. Over the years, their pranks have become more sophisticated; their launch pads for bananas now accommodate filibusters.Monday, 27 May, 2013, 5:00am
After more than 160 hours of "debate" in the Legislative Council, starting on April 24, the budget bill was finally enacted, enabling the legislature to vote through more than HK$350 billion of funding for public expenditure. Hong Kong's unwelcome version of a "fiscal cliff" was narrowly averted after officials issued dire warnings of impending disruption to critical public services, and much drama and altercation in Legco.26 May 2013 - 4:35am
The city's annual budget was passed in the Legislative Council last night by a safe margin after a month-long filibuster. The long-awaited legislative approval ends the prospect of the government running out of cash to operate. Since the financial year started in April, it has been functioning on an interim fund of HK$75.5 billion.22 May 2013 - 4:03am 2 comments
The use of delaying tactics by radical lawmakers in Legco in an attempt to block a budget bill has divided both politicians and the public.21 May 2013 - 9:20am
The filibuster has been part of the Hong Kong political scene for more than a decade, but despite the stalling tactic being used three times in the past year, the Legislative Council's rules of procedure show little sign of catching up.21 May 2013 - 3:11am 1 comment
The Legislative Council president has sparked new controversy after he rejected pan-democrats' suggestion that any bid to end a filibuster should require two-thirds of lawmakers' votes.20 May 2013 - 10:26am 1 comment
The future belongs to our children, and every loving parent should want that future to include the biodiversity that we take for granted.19 May 2013 - 3:55am 1 comment
The Chinese equivalent of "filibuster" is Libo, meaning "stretching the cloth". This translation gives an image of fluff and flannel, not exactly the stuff of gravitas.
Yet, nothing could be more serious than filibustering, which acts like a safety valve, allowing minority voices to be heard. Filibustering, like a political pulse, is often an outward sign of an inner malaise.17 May 2013 - 3:11am
All 710 amendments to the budget bill - mostly filed by four radical pan-democrats as part of a filibuster - were vetoed in the Legislative Council last night as the government edged away from the possibility of running out of cash by next month.
After one of the legislature's longest debates, the annual appropriation bill was expected to be passed by a safe margin early next week.17 May 2013 - 3:11am
On Tuesday, the president of the Legislative Council, Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, finally ended 60 hours of filibustering on the budget bill with some tricky manoeuvring and the support of semi-reluctant mainstream democratic lawmakers.17 May 2013 - 3:17am 9 comments