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

Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng

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

National leaders at the NPC meeting. Photo: Simon Song

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

Dogmatic politicians are risking sending the United States over a fiscal cliff and into a renewed recession. Photo: AP

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.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Little hope for progress without visionary politicians

Denmark is said to have most if not all of the social, political and economic institutions a developed country can desire. Photo: AFP

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

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

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

Something to smile about: Nicolas Sarkozy is mulling an offer from Morgan Stanley and Tony Blair advises J.P. Morgan. Photo: AFP

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

liberal studies

Word Power

Match the words with their meanings

1 stringent

2 poise

3 lobbying

4 anthropology

a composure; dignity

b the study of humankind

c an activity designed to influence somebody (especially a politician)

d strict; rigid

9 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

liberal studies


1 What does the word 'Renrou' mean?

a human flesh

b meat grinder

c search engine

2 Why did the website mop.com create Renrou?

a to advertise cosmetics and restaurants

b to exchange information about everything

c to bring trouble to criminals

8 Sep 2008 - 12:00am



by Karina Schaapman

John Murray, HK$148

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Politician samples life in suburb

A politician is getting a taste of life in Tin Shui Wai, and hopes living there for a week will help her find ways to assist the deprived community.

Ann Chiang Lai-wan, vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, promised to live as the new town's residents live and feel what they feel.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The Hum

Sometimes Y Theatre presents a black comedy about a politician, played by Henry Coombs (above left), preparing to give a speech amid numerous distractions, including his wife having an affair. In English. Today, 3pm, 8pm, HK Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, HK$120, HK$140 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2521 7251

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Keep up to date with current affairs

Some local politicians have recently expressed fears that their telephones are bugged.

It's really surprising that even pro-Beijing politician, Ma Lik, suspects that his mobile and home phones are tapped.

In Hong Kong, nobody has the right to meddle in other people's affairs.

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am