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City's politicians play tough game of 'pass the message'

As mainland officials rarely comment publicly on the city's issues under the "one country, two systems" principle, the central government's messages to the administration are often delivered behind closed doors. As a result, the media has to rely heavily on the messenger - usually a pro-establishment figure - to shed light on Beijing's views on Hong Kong matters.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 5:06am 3 comments

Uniformed politicians

That news story about China’s leaders wearing identical red ties, dark suits and helmets of jet black hair is absolutely true.

As the Communist party elite assembled for their annual Beijing pow-wow session last week, they were all wearing the same unofficial uniform, as the BBC’s reporters observed, rather unpatriotically.

14 Mar 2013 - 5:45pm

A prayer for 2013

These are perilous economic and financial times. Leading dogmatic US politicians are determined to drive their country over the fiscal cliff, at the risk of tipping their nation and the ailing Western world into renewed recession with potentially devastating effects for the rest of the globe.

28 Dec 2012 - 4:14am

Little hope for progress without visionary politicians

As a Cantonese saying goes, rice cooked by the aunt next door is always tastier. That may be why people always think Western city-states or countries are better run than their own. Still, sometimes the aunty next door really does cook better rice. So, what are those states worth emulating?

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am 14 comments

Unnamed Thatcher-era Conservative politician accused of child abuse

A BBC news programme has aired a report in which two men claimed they had been abused by a top politician, setting off intense speculation on the internet as to his identity.

4 Nov 2012 - 3:21am

Handling it with military precision

The city's stock investors may know George Yeo only as the new chairman of Kerry Logistics, a unit of Hong Kong-listed Kerry Properties.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:19am

The Week Explained: politicians turned businessmen

News that the former British prime minister Tony Blair set up a meeting to help the Hong Kong-listed commodities conglomerate Glencore secure a US$80 billion merger with Xstrata offered a timely reminder of the role former political leaders play in the business world.

17 Sep 2012 - 12:07am

Lai See

When you're in a hole, Henry, stop digging

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Let's hear it for Henry, he's made the chief executive race racier

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am