Political Spectrum

The centre is quickly losing its hold

You're either with us, or against us. This is now the political discourse in Hong Kong.

The mainland sees "one country". Others in Hong Kong prefer "two systems". Between these two antithetical positions, many of us on both sides have thought we could fudge this nebulous, contradictory but supremely useful formula, at least until 2047.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 3:12pm 14 comments

Tang vows to provide a greater economic lead

Henry Tang Ying-yen says he is ready to modify the city's treasured laissez-faire economic principles and adopt a more proactive approach if he is made chief executive in March.

The former chief secretary unveiled his vision for the city yesterday for the first time since announcing his candidacy last month.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Market capitalism reloaded

Anatole Kaletsky is a man whose views carry the heft of one of the great Western thinkers of our day. An economist and journalist, with an impressive CV that includes stints at The Economist and the Financial Times, he is now a famously provocative columnist at The Times.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Terror tactics

In his best-selling 1995 novel The Reader, Bernhard Schlink examined the Holocaust through the eyes of Germany's post-war generation, and their attempts to deal with the Nazi past.

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Intervention is not the end of laissez-faire

In August 2006, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen mentioned at a press briefing that positive non-intervention was no longer government policy. It was just a minor remark, but for weeks commentators, including American think-tanks, criticised him. As with the government's intervention in the stock market in 1998, critics said Hong Kong was betraying its key economic principles.

24 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Upmarket store toasts 10 super years

Upscale supermarket CitySuper celebrated a 10th anniversary at its original Times Square location last week, toasting itself and its success.

Among recent expansions has been a lifestyle-oriented Superlife Culture Club that offers wine tastings, floriculture seminars and cooking classes by executive chef Charmaine Cheung (pictured).

7 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

A ticket on the China Express

Cries of 'heresy' might have been expected from laissez-faire economists when Hong Kong was included for the first time in Beijing's five-year economic plan. But no such exclamations were heard - because its inclusion was inevitable. Even under 'one country, two systems', we cannot expect Hong Kong and Macau to be excluded forever from the country's overall development strategy.

24 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

A swing of the pendulum

There could be a number of reasons behind the lower-than-expected turnout at Sunday's pro-democracy rally. Originally scheduled for New Year's Day, it was postponed in view of fund-raising activities for the victims of the Asian tsunami. This, it seems, has diluted its significance in symbolic terms.

26 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

The rich who rob the poor

This year's Policy Address pledges to focus on poverty. It has been suggested that a poverty relief taskforce be set up to address concerns and safeguard the welfare of low-income families. Hong Kong's wealth gap is widening. The appropriate policy, and resources, are urgently needed. Our grass-roots workforce has contributed significantly to our economic growth and prosperity.

7 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Tough act to follow

Although the government seems to take a laissez faire attitude towards illegal billboards, industry players say strict rules inhibit creativity in Hong Kong.

16 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Life in Hong Kong an oligarch's paradise

Leaving aside the 'pro' and 'anti' camps' reactions to the government's announcement that it is to legalise soccer gambling, does anyone in this town have any shame when looking at the absolute stranglehold that monopolies and cartels have in the so-called bastion of free market capitalism?

28 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Flat owners must accept risks involved

Many legislators have proposed a fund be set up to help flat owners who are suffering negative equity.

I am against such a proposal, which is wrong not only in terms of economics but also in terms of rights and responsibilities.

4 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

European report cue for introspection

Rich rancour followed this week's critical report by the European Parliament on the SAR. Government officials are well versed in the political bluster that comes with defending 'one country, two systems' and issues of judicial independence. They are less used to assaults on their much buffed free market image.

28 Oct 2000 - 12:00am


I refer to the report headlined, 'Media warned on Taiwan reports' (South China Morning Post, April 13).

It was totally unacceptable for Wang Fengchao to direct the press about what it can and cannot report.

Freedom of expression and freedom of the press is guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Hong Kong.

20 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Disney deal sign of new attitude

Some might be under the impression that the Disney deal is primarily about building a new amusement attraction. But that was not the message the Government was putting out yesterday.

3 Nov 1999 - 12:00am