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Mike Rowse

You can't hurry love ... or pride in country and people

Pink Floyd were wrong when they sang 'We don't need no education', and not just because of their poor grammar. We should all be educated in the history of our own countries. But they were right when they added, 'We don't need no thought control.'

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

Leung must dig himself out of the credibility hole

It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that the fate of the entire Leung Chun-ying administration hinges on how well he conducts himself in the next two weeks. If he gets it right, he can recover quickly from the bumpy start he has been suffering since his come-from-behind victory in the chief executive election.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Village revamps could put the squeeze on small-house policy

There is something about the subject of small houses that drives otherwise sane people into a form of madness. The Heung Yee Kuk claims there is a legal entitlement for certain New Territories villagers (those descended through the male line from a resident of a pre-1898 recognised village) to build a small house, and that this right is protected by the Basic Law.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Time to draw the line under a politically biased civil service

All attention at the moment is focused on the proposal by the chief executive-elect, Leung Chun-ying, to spend HK$72million per year to provide for four new minister-level posts and their support staff. Given the controversy over the justification and cost, it is natural for it to grab headlines.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Leung should not rush his vision for an expanded team

After experiencing seven years of lacklustre administration, the public desire to see the government actually do something is almost tangible.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A five-point plan to a better city and second term at top

There's still 2 1/2 months to go before he takes office but already chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying finds himself knee-deep in demands from all sides for action on a thousand fronts.

Let us try to help him focus by spelling out five problem areas that he must tackle, and then suggesting specific remedies for each.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

For 2017, let's not forget the importance of being electable

In all the excitement of the past week, it is easy to forget that as late as mid-February, the central government's liaison office was still working flat out to secure the election of Henry Tang Ying-yen as chief executive. That's not so surprising; he had been Beijing's choice for more than 10 years.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Prudent Hong Kong has earned the right to vote

It is intriguing to think that what our legislators will do over the next few weeks is derived directly from an event that took place nearly 800 years ago on the banks of the River Thames in England.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

All Hong Kong children have right to expect equal support in their education

Our education officials are once again getting very agitated about the subject of the subvention to the English Schools Foundation. So perhaps we can help them get the right answers by persuading them to ask the right questions.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Wealth, wealth everywhere and not enough to live on

A long-forgotten British trade unionist once made a remark that has stayed with me for over half a century: 'Five per cent unemployment doesn't mean that each of us is 5 per cent unemployed: it means that tens of thousands of people who want to work are 100 per cent unemployed.'

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am