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Hong Kong Politics

Legco gridlock a disaster of our own making

How on earth did a simple matter like donating HK$100 million to relief efforts after the recent deadly earthquake in Sichuan province run off the rails? The answer is because legislators and the administration are not talking to each other.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 11:38am

Hong Kong's artless politics

While politicians making injudicious statements are about as surprising as the sun rising in the east, the recent proclamation that political elements can render an artwork artless still manages to astonish; it is so patently absurd that refuting it would be like writing about the sun setting in the west.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am

Letters to the Editor, April 27, 2013

I write to echo the views of Paul M. F. Cheng ("We badly need anti-monopoly legislation", April 24). He is right to lament that Hong Kong has never had a level playing field. Like the colonial regime, the SAR government continues to promote policies that have enabled a few families to control the livelihood of the majority, from real estate and electricity to telecommunications and food supplies.

27 Apr 2013 - 5:25am 2 comments

Striking dock workers are pawns in dissident campaign

Industrial action is a powerful weapon during an economic upturn or in a rising industry because the employers have a lot to lose with any stoppage. This single factor accounts for the frequent and successful industrial action in the local airlines.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 4 comments

Democratic candidates must have a place in 2017 contest

Senior Chinese legislator Qiao Xiaoyang dropped a bomb last month when he presented his views on how the 2017 chief executive election should be held.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 4 comments

The fight for universal suffrage in 2017

Earlier this month, the founding chairman of the Democratic Party, Martin Lee Chu-ming, stunned the community by proposing a mechanism for screening candidates of the chief executive election in 2017. He suggested at least five candidates be allowed to stand in the election which will be by universal suffrage, hoping this would ensure a member from the pro-democracy camp can compete.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 2 comments

Hong Kong political veteran Elsie Tu criticises tycoons with no conscience

The former lawmaker and urban councillor, who turns 100 on June 2, became emotional when expressing sympathy for striking dock workers and anger with a billionaire, whom she declined to name.

22 Apr 2013 - 12:48pm 22 comments

Legco head approves budget amendments made in filibustering bid

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing has - against government advice - approved more than 700 amendments tabled in the pan-democrats' filibustering bid on the budget bill.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am

The ugly politics of obstructionism

Take a survey of our political landscape and one can hear Oscar Wilde's observation that "democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people".

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am 5 comments

Pan-democrats should scrap the tired tactic of filibustering

A political issue has, at long last, united pro-establishment lawmakers and mainstream pan-democrats in the legislature - the filibuster. Two fringe groups from pro-democracy camps have filed 751 amendments to the government's proposed budget, which will be debated in Legco next week.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 2 comments