Political Systems

Our democracy offers flaws for thought

The Alliance for True Democracy. Hong Kong should look to countries in northwestern Europe and Scandinavia for better models of democracy. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Is Hong Kong a flawed democracy? According to the 2012 Democracy Index, we are. The phrase is an oxymoron if ever there was one. But perhaps this is what democracy has to recommend itself: it is always flawed, but rarely catastrophically, unlike dictatorships and authoritarian regimes.

Friday, 22 March, 2013, 4:00am 12 comments

Survival guide

By pure coincidence, on the day the Chinese Communist Party marked its 91st anniversary, July 1, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Mexico, which lost power in 2000, won back the presidency. Its telegenic candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, emerged victorious in a three-way race.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cares of youth

Over the past month alone, there have been three surveys into the attitudes of young people, all of which, taken at face value, make rather depressing reading.

10 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

25 Years Ago

UNITED NATIONS (May 2): THE UN General Assembly last night approved a controversial plan for a new world economic order despite objections from Western industrialised countries.

The Assembly's special session on the world economic crisis also adopted an action programme designed to help developing countries hardest hit.

2 May 1999 - 12:00am

Keeping the Chief Executive in line

On the surface, Hong Kong SAR has a powerful executive-led Government headed by Tung Chee-hwa. Some cynics even accuse it of being a form of executive dictatorship with the arbitrary power to impose its will.

19 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Prisons to get Red Cross visits, says French minister

French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine said yesterday that Beijing would accept prison visits by the International Red Cross next month.

Mr Vedrine also said he had handed over two lists of dissidents, one from French President Jacques Chirac and one from the European Union, that France hoped to see released.

24 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

ATV's Hitler advertisement is in poor taste

IT was with considerable consternation that I found a double-page advertisement by ATV in your newspaper, showing a full-page photo of Adolf Hitler accompanied by a most distasteful text.

I find the printing of such an advertisement extremely tasteless and want to express my strong feeling of disapproval.

16 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

East vs West riddle

AFTER years of being lectured on how to run their economies and political systems, Asian leaders are walking with a new confidence. Confucian values have been trumpeted as the new foundation of economic success from the business schools of Paris through to Boston.

7 Aug 1994 - 12:00am