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  • Jul 13, 2014
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Policy unit needs to do more with less

There appears to be nothing wrong with a government trying to improve the way it sells its policies to its citizens. But recent steps taken by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's team have raised many eyebrows.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 3:18am 1 comment

Britain will look into claims ex-officers offered to lobby illicitly for arms firms

Britain's defence ministry is to investigate claims that retired military officers offered to lobby illicitly on behalf of arms firms. It follows a newspaper sting on several high-ranking figures.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:04am

Persuasion is a lost art at the top

The government's abrupt turn on the Legislative Council amendment bill last Monday perfectly illustrates the textbook definition of 'crisis', meaning 'a turning point in an unstable situation, generally implying urgency'.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Lawmaker finds her balance

Life for barrister, legislator, party leader and mother-of-three Audrey Eu Yuet-mee is a succession of enriching challenges with a fiercely demanding schedule.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Landfill legal advice for Legco president

Legco president Tsang Yok-sing will be given independent legal advice this afternoon on the power of lawmakers to repeal a controversial order to extend the Tseung Kwan O landfill into Clear Water Bay Country Park.

9 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

The next leviathan to stalk Hong Kong

If minimum wage legislation marks the end of an era of free-market experimentation, the enactment of a competition law could unleash a leviathan much more menacing to human rights and invasive of privacy than the 2003 national security legislation as painted by its harshest critics.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Public-opinion wars

The approval of the funding for the express rail-link project was never in doubt; filibustering tactics were only ever going to achieve a delay of two or three weeks. But the opposition will go on, and the political costs for the government have been unnecessarily high.

21 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Labelling law was never going to please all

One last column about nutrition labelling for packaged foods, which the Legislative Council voted on last week. The debate focused on the government's proposal to exempt products sold in small volumes, but only if the packages had no health claims, like 'low fat', which can mislead consumers into thinking the product is healthy.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Detours: Political tour de force

The Byzantine world of US presidential elections is upon us and even for those outside the US, there is a temptation to follow the meandering trail of America's clunky electoral system through remote states and territories.

4 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Balancing privacy and free speech

The recent Law Reform Commission report on regulating covert surveillance in Hong Kong has brought the issue of an individual's right to privacy to the forefront. It recommends making it a criminal offence to trespass or use spying devices on private property to get personal information.

4 Apr 2006 - 12:00am