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Hong Kong Politics

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am