Pan-Democracy Camp

Radical agenda becomes crystal clear

Director of Liaison Office Zhang Xiaoming officiates at Youth Development and Responsibilty Forum. Photo: Sam Tsang

"Never the twain shall meet."

This Post headline crystallises for me why the pan-democratic camp has become so radicalised and why that bodes ill for Hong Kong's future.

Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 2:15am 4 comments

What use is a government under fire?

Pan-demacratic lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws a defaced mask with a long nose to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during Legco meeting. Photo: Sam Tsang

In his letter ("We should focus on real problems rather than illegal structures", December 12) Charlie Chan hit the nail on the head by calling the row over Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's illegal structures a storm in a teacup. However, political storms are looming large on the horizon, threatening the peace of our community.

21 Dec 2012 - 1:33am 1 comment

June 4 vigil takes on new meaning

Hong Kong has a new role as a source of information on the Tiananmen Square crackdown and as an outlet for political voices forbidden in the mainland, local activists say, after a record number of people attended Monday's memorial.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Museum shining a light on June 4

Most mainland tourists head to Hong Kong for the shops, but a few are venturing away from the malls to see something they won't find at home.

They are heading to a museum commemorating the emergence and subsequent suppression of the pro-democracy movement that swept the mainland 23 years ago.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats' road to defeat paved with blunders

Despite the relatively high turnout and a clear victory for the pro-establishment camp, last Sunday's district council elections appeared pretty lacklustre on the surface.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Grassroots lesson for pan-democrats

The district council elections on Sunday marked another milestone in our city's democratic development. A record 1.2 million electors cast their votes, partly reflecting an increase in the number of registered voters. The turnout of 41.4 per cent was higher than in 2007, which is encouraging given the absence of any recent political controversy to fuel interest in the polls.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats' hopes 'dimmed'

The defeats suffered by pan-democrats in Sunday's district council elections will weaken their prospects in next year's Legislative Council poll, as the results will undermine their district networks and ability to muster support at grass-roots level, political observers say.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Legco seats next year the real prize for radical parties

By the time the district council election nominations closed two weeks ago, we could safely predict that the pro-democracy camp would lose a few seats in the elections.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The media and people of Hong Kong must frame debate for its next leader

Congratulations: Beijing, through Wang Guangya, the mainland's top man in charge of Hong Kong, has realised that a chief executive without popular support is more of a dead duck than a lame duck as far as being able to run this complex, cosmopolitan, deeply Chinese yet international, traditional yet modern city.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Chance for Legco to make fresh start

Lawmakers will bid farewell to the iconic Legislative Council building in Central after wrapping up their last sitting this week. They will move to the new complex in Tamar following the summer recess, bringing down the curtain on the stage for many a political drama over the last quarter of a century. Over the years, the seat of power has seen politicians and officials come and go.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Building without equal before the law

When Hong Kong's lawmakers finish a marathon three-day session next week it will signal more than the begining of the summer recess, it will close the doors on a slice of history.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cheap shots

As significant as the Legislative Council's rejection of the government's interim funding proposal has been, it pales in comparison to the topsy-turvy politics that followed. Now that the dust has settled - and a revised initial government expenditure has been passed to avoid a lockdown - we can perhaps breathe a sigh of relief.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats risking support, analysts say

Pan-democrats are risking a dip in support in the wake of yesterday's controversial vote on government expenditure, political analysts said.

City University political scientist Dr Ray Yep Kin-man said both the government and the pan-democratic camp would lose out over the non-passage of the HK$60 billion bill.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

On the move

Democracy is in retreat across the world: this is the depressing truth revealed by the latest Democracy Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit. In every region of the world over the past two years, we have seen a backsliding on previous hard-won gains in democratisation.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Politics in flux

Crammed into an action-packed half-year of protests and by-elections were two important episodes that stood out because of their transformational potential: a rapprochement between Beijing and the Democratic Party, and the rise of a new amorphous political movement led by a younger generation. These turning points have created elements of unpredictability in Hong Kong politics.

2 Jul 2010 - 12:00am