Hong Kong Politics

Could Hong Kong use some of Thatcher's 'conviction' politics?

Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Bloomberg

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving leader of the 20th century, once claimed credit for "New Labour" and Tony Blair, who served almost as long as she did as prime minister. That the former Conservative Party leader could get away with that pronouncement, without attracting derision, says something about her dominance of British politics and her legacy.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 2:45am 8 comments

Hong Kong dock worker strike muddied by politics

Kwai Tsing dock worker strike is muddied by politics. Photo: Edward Wong

The strike by dock workers at Kwai Tsing has caught international attention, as much for its impact on the region's container traffic as the rarity of such a long-running labour dispute in Hong Kong's free market economy.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 2 comments

What's wrong with requiring the Hong Kong chief executive to be patriotic?

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Although the central government and Hong Kong citizens have reached a mutual consensus that there will be universal suffrage, how the chief executive election in 2017 should be conducted has aroused considerable controversy in our community.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 4 comments

Qiao Xiaoyang's topsy-turvy understanding of democracy

Qiao Xiaoyang.

Many people will agree with Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee of the National People's Congress, when he says Hong Kong's chief executive must be someone who "loves the country and loves Hong Kong", and not be confrontational towards Beijing. But the means he proposes for ensuring that only such people will be elected are profoundly undemocratic.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 2 comments

Lack of political tolerance

Law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting spearheaded the Occupy Central movement. Photo: Felix Wong

There was a time when injustices were rife, corruption a way of life, and wealth accumulated for the favoured few who were appointees to the legislative and executive councils, and who were mostly British. "Democracy" then was a dirty word to the British colonials.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 4 comments

Elsie Leung warns against 'stupid' votes in 2017 chief executive race

Elsie Leung

If Hongkongers are "stupid enough" to vote for a chief executive candidate who does not meet Beijing's criteria of "loving the country and loving Hong Kong", they should not blame Beijing for the consequences, former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie says.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am 15 comments

Qiao Xiaoyang, the politician who won his critics' respect

Qiao Xiaoyang, the politician who won his critics' respect

Qiao, 67, recently took centre stage when he discussed the city's electoral reform, which will decide the rules of the 2016 Legislative Council and 2017 chief executive elections.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am 2 comments

Determined hecklers shout down Hong Kong forum on universal suffrage

About 30 opponents succeeded in disrupting yesterday's forum on universal suffrage at City University, organised by the Alliance for True Democracy. Photo: Edward Wong

A universal suffrage forum organised by a pro-democracy group had to be abandoned after dozens of government supporters turned up and hurled abuse at participants.

8 Apr 2013 - 7:44am 4 comments

State media's long journey to a clear-eyed look at Hong Kong

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Whether someone who is regarded as "confronting" Beijing could be Hong Kong's future chief executive has been the subject of much debate recently. But it still came as a surprise to many that the overseas edition of the People's Daily ran a piece quoting criticism by pan-democrats of Beijing's latest stand.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

Benny Tai Yiu-ting proposed the 'Occupy Central' mass protest plan. Photo: Felix Wong

On Beijing's warning to pan-democrats over possible mass protests, and the dock workers' dispute in Hong Kong.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Basic Law expert accused of twisting facts on voting rights

Veteran lawyer Maria Tam

Pan-democrats and legal experts have called into question the credibility of a Basic Law heavyweight after she allegedly "twisted facts" regarding people's political rights guaranteed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 5 comments

City's politicians play tough game of 'pass the message'

Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng

As mainland officials rarely comment publicly on the city's issues under the "one country, two systems" principle, the central government's messages to the administration are often delivered behind closed doors. As a result, the media has to rely heavily on the messenger - usually a pro-establishment figure - to shed light on Beijing's views on Hong Kong matters.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 3 comments

Where to draw line of communication

Wang Guangya revealed that C.Y. Leung called him. Photo: Vincent Yu

The date March 25 may not ring any bells, but it was a special day for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. On that date a year ago, he was elected to the highest job in town. But Leung is less likely to be celebrating than pondering how to handle the increasing number of hot potatoes falling into his lap.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Beijing needs to trust Hongkongers to elect the right chief executive

Qiao Xiaoyang (centre) speaks to reporters in Shenzhen. Photo: SCMP

Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee of the National People's Congress, is quoted as saying that future chief executives elected under universal suffrage must love China, love Hong Kong and not seek to confront the central government.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:39am 2 comments

Top Beijing official says no change in policy on Hong Kong

Wang Guangya, director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: SCMP

Wang Guangya told Beijing-loyalist lawmakers last week that the central government had consistently upheld, and continued to uphold, the principle that "'one country' is the premise and foundation for 'two systems'" - a reference to the "one country, two systems" formula guiding Hong Kong affairs under Chinese sovereignty.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 3 comments